Tennessee Titan defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, set to become an unrestricted free agent when the free agent period begins Feb. 27, is a boat fan, and would like nothing more than to get some free time on Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen’s yacht, Octopus.
The super yacht measures 414 feet, costs over $200 million and has a permanent crew of 60.
Haynesworth talked about the yacht and his impending free agency with KJR’s Dave "Softy" Mahler this afternoon in a telephone interview from the Super Bowl. Listen to the audio link here.
Haynesworth sounds content to hit free agency to obtain the longtime financial security he covets. The Titans franchised him last year. But Haynseworth reached incentives placed in his contract that do not allow the Titans to franchise him for the 2009 season.
Read James Wyatt of the Tennessean’s report from his conversation with Haynesworth here.
On whether he expects to be a Titan next season: "Well, the political answer is of course I do."
On becoming a free agent: "I’ve got my agent looking at the whole thing, making sure we’re protected in every way. That’s really what we’re looking at. I don’t know if we’re looking for a certain thing, but it’s just as long as we’re protected every why. This is football. Our contracts are not guaranteed. It’s not like baseball, so you can’t take a hometown discount per se because this could be definitely my biggest contract. Hopefully not my last, but definitely my biggest, so I kind of want to make I guess a home run or something like that and be set for life and set your family up for life, and generations to come.
On Seattle coaxing him to come to Seattle: "He’s (Paul Allen) going to have to give me baseball money if he loans me that boat. Hopefully he fills it up, because if he doesn’t, gosh. That thing must take a couple hundred thousand to fill it up. That thing is huge."