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Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:00 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 1:03 pm
HaynesworthBy Josh Katzowitz

The Buccaneers announced Wednesday that they’ve released well-traveled (and much-mocked) defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, the third team in the past season which has decided it’d be better off without him.

Haynesworth -- the $100 million man with the Redskins who was traded by Washington before last season and who was then axed by the Patriots in the middle of 2011 before signing with Tampa Bay -- started six of seven games with the Buccaneers, recording 25 tackles.

As Rotoworld’s Evan Silva points out, with Tampa Bay not having to pay Haynesworth’s 2012 base salary of $6.7 million and a $400,000 roster bonus, the Buccaneers will save $7.2 million on its salary cap. 

"I appreciate Albert playing for us after some key injuries this past season," general manager Mark Dominik said in a statement. "He was very professional and we now wish him all the best as he moves forward."

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Perhaps the biggest shocker in the whole “Haynesworth to Tampa Bay” storyline is that he didn’t make much of a peep. He didn’t get arrested. He wasn’t so obviously hated by his teammates and coaches. He seemed to be a better teammate. He seemed a more positive person.

But the question is: can he still play?  Maybe not.

“This year right here, you’ve probably seen me at my worst,” Haynesworth told the Tampa Bay Times after the season. “I mean just as far as my play. I still did some good things, but I just think that next year I’ll be a hell of a lot better, back closer to my ’08 form.”

With all of Haynesworth’s baggage, though, will anybody give him another chance?

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Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:13 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

And you should be so luck, Mr. Albert Fatsworth. If it wasn't for the meddling, football-stupid Dan Snyder, you wouldn't have ever been in the position to rip off a team and city for such an ungodly amount of money. This is another reason why the Washington Redskins will never be relevant as long as Snyder owns the team--of coure, unless he decides to let Mike Shannahan and other run the team the right way. I've always wondered why these owners and GM's reward athletes after one good year. This happens more in basketball and baseball than football. I never liked Fatsworth and thought he was more a product of the media than anything else. After he ripped off the fans for 100 mil, he entertained them with a tackle per game and a sack every 7 or 8 games. Great all pro stats, Albert.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:10 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

Get lost you waste of talent

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:53 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

I actually forgot he was with the Bucs. Have a nice life Albert. 

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:29 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

Albert had 1 decent season and one great season. Out of that he parlayed it into 100 million. The he proceded to sit on his butt and let the "inner lazy" take control. He was a pain to deal with, impossible to coach and his effort on the ball field was almost comical.

When the Pats let him go, he knew his game was over. Can he still play? Sure he is big and strong. He is also a quitter and that is the problem. If it goes to the right coach, he could excel. If the coach is not to his liking? Well he will do what is has done in the past. He will dog it. Risky, but I'll bet there is a coach out there who thinks he can change Albert.  Me I would give a younger player a shot. 

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:20 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

I'd have to think the contract Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder gave to Fat Albert will go down as the worst free agent signing in NFL History and it could possibly be the worst in sports history! He's about as useless to a football team as Vinny Cerrato was to an NFL front office! Fat Al's been paid and he's not motivated to play football anymore, period! It's not for lack of talent, but he isn't into exerting himself anymore and is out of shape.

Other players have been flops as free agents, but Big Al's taken it to a whole new level that I've never seen! I honestly don't think will see him on the field again as an NFL player. Who will sign him that can get through to him and get him to play? Maybe Jeff Fisher and Greg Williams may take a peek at him, but I'm not sold on that at this point. If he does get picked up it will be his last team if he does not get it together! 

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:09 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

I think for the right price, Albert can play somewhere. He's can still be effective against the run. He was grossly mis-used in Washington where it became a pi**ing contest between him and Shananahan. I have to admit, I was a bit surprised it didn't work out in NE though.
Really? You also forgot it didn't work out in Tampa as well, or 2 teams in the same season. Shocking. The only thing this guy is good for is really bad player and human being comparisons. Like, this douche is between Haynesworth and Bernie Madoff bad. Who is this Shananahan character? I think I like the extra "na".  

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:09 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

I'm surprised the jets haven't picked him up yet. He could really teach Holmes how to be a leader.

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:52 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

Next stop---Oakland

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:37 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

BKilla right on the mark - get paid for performance on the field, period.  If they don't like it, buy some insurance.....but don't expect us fans to give a crap either way.  Players entertain for a few years and then get replaced, that's the business!  

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:17 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

A perfect example of players that earn that big payday and then aren't worth a dime afterwards. Incentive contracts should be how all professional players get paid.

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