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Buccaneers claim Albert Haynesworth off waivers

Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 5:49 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

On Tuesday, the Patriots made the somewhat surprising decision to release defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. And on Wednesday, Haynesworth was claimed by the Buccaneers off of waivers.

To make room for Haynesworth, the Bucs released the recently-signed John McCargo.

This is shocking because, as we noted recently, there weren't many teams that were a fit for Big Al's style of not trying hard. But it does make sense because the Bucs recently lost defensive tackle Gerald McCoy for the season due to a torn biceps muscle.

This isn't even the first time Tampa Bay's been interested in Haynesworth -- they flirted with the defensive tackle in free agency before Haynesworth decided to sign with the Redskins. (Presumably the whole "more guaranteed money with less guaranteed effort" thing was too valuable to pass up.)

Bucs GM Mark Dominik says he watched "all 134 of Haynesworth's plays with NE twice before putting in a claim" and that he planned on having Haynesworth in for practice as early as Thursday.

"I have had a chance to talk to him already and he was – as you would hope – excited and fired up," Dominik said, via Buccaneers.com. "He asked how soon we could get him a flight because he wants to be in tonight and go to practice tomorrow.  That was very encouraging."

Now Haynesworth joins a defensive line rotation that features young players like Brian Price, and will hope to shore up the Tampa rush defense.

There's upside to be had here, because a big close to the season for Haynesworth could net him another contract with a team. But given that he couldn't even get things going in New England, football's version of the Betty Ford Clinic, it's hard to imagine him playing hard for Tampa now.

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Comments

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:26 am
 

Buccaneers claim Albert Haynesworth off waivers

Fat Albert Haynesworthless................. The only time this guy gets running is chasing down an ice cream truck. Really, I can't see why anyone would want this guy. He's fallen so far since he's days at Tennessee. Just goes to show that NFL contracts should be paid year to year even if the contract is for several years. That way players couldn't get all that money up front then not produce. That's the real problem with him. He doesn't have any incentives.



Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:38 am
 

Buccaneers claim Albert Haynesworth off waivers

This is a different scheme and a scheme that is very similar to the one he played in at Tennessee so we will see what happens this go around.

Please....Albert couldn't care less about what "scheme" Tampa plays. He used those excuses before. You have to want to play first before you think about what scheme your team is playing. You are saying the same things all of us NE Fans said when the Pats acquired Albert. He said he wanted to play along side Wilfork...we watched him stand along side Wilfork. Good luck in your wishes.



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:25 am
 

Buccaneers claim Albert Haynesworth off waivers

4th time's a charm.....



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:07 am
 

Buccaneers claim Albert Haynesworth off waivers

"What does Tampa Bay have to really lose?" - How about team chemistry?



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:36 am
 

Buccaneers claim Albert Haynesworth off waivers

I agree.  What does Tampa Bay have to really lose.  At least they are putting a body where they need one badly.



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 6:35 am
 

Buccaneers claim Albert Haynesworth off waivers

Mark Schlereth on ESPN had a great comment.

Where will he land?

On a sofa with a bag of Cheetos. Real Funny


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:18 pm
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Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Buccaneers claim Albert Haynesworth off waivers

Obviously Albert Haynesworth comes w/ some unwanted baggage, but they are getting him cheap & the potential upside could put the Bucs in the playoffs.

Haynesworth will be as good as he wants to be in Tampa's 4-3 Defense & could be a force in applying additional pressure and stopping the run.  If he turns out to be a clubhouse cancer, then they'll cut him w/ a minimal investment.

I like this move by the Bucs.  Go Bucs!



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Buccaneers claim Albert Haynesworth off waivers

Pretty cool how they can Photoshop Fat Albert's Department of Corrections mug shot onto a Bucs jersey.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Buccaneers claim Albert Haynesworth off waivers

Former Tampa QB Shaun King on Haynesworth signing: "The local Chic-Fil-A's are happy."
Same goes for the owners of Denny's, Waffle House, and Perkins.  Heck, the night manager at Long John Silver's just bought a boat!  Will also send kids to top notch college, not a two yr institution!


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