After lengthy negotiations with the Tennessee Titans, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth instead will first test the free-agent market before deciding whether to re-sign with the only NFL team he's played for.
The NFL Network on Wednesday first reported the story, which was later confirmed by ESPN.
The 27-year-old Haynesworth is expected to draw great interest in free agency. Fresh off another Pro Bowl season, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound Haynesworth has 91 tackles and 14.5 sacks in the past two years. In seven seasons as a pro, he has 271 career tackles -- 199 of them solo -- and 24 sacks.
If Haynesworth does return to Tennessee, it won't be before free agency begins Feb. 27.
Haynesworth had a team-high 8.5 sacks and 75 tackles last season. He missed the Titans' final two regular-season games because of a sprained knee before returning for the playoffs.
According to The (Nashville) Tennessean, negotiations between the Titans and Haynesworth have not advanced, with Haynesworth looking for a six-year deal that would surpass the value of Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen's contract. Allen last season signed a six-year deal for $12.2 million a year and $32 million in guarantees, making him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.
The Tennessean reported that according to a source, the Titans' offer is for four years, $36 million.