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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
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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: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

Even money says that the Jeff Fischer-led Rams pick him up, thinking they can make him right again.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:25 pm
 

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

I am no fan of the Patriots but I will admit they are a well run organization.

If the Patriots give a player a chance and he blows it and the Patriots are forced to let him go that player is done.

If a team signs Albert Haynesworthless it better be because every one else is on injured reserve.

What a waste of space on this planet.



Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

He'll play next year, but it'll be a late signing due to injuries, either in training camp or early in the season.



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

At the right price, I think some teams would give him a shot.  I think it all comes down to team chemistry and what shape he is in physically.  Again, at the right price where you could cut your losses easily and cheaply.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

Bottom line:

Even without all of the off-field garbage, the truth is that he hasn't done anything impressive ON the field in over 3 years.  I get that sometimes a guy has an off year (one), and then gets back on track.  But an aging big man recovering his form from over 3 years ago?  Not bloody likely.

Truth is, he had his 1-2 great years in Tennessee, and he's been nothing better than mediocre (at best) ever since.  If I were a GM, and I'm looking at a DT need, I have options.  A veteran (read: more expensive than a rookie), aging, troubled guy who's been cast off by 3 teams in one season and who has shown nothing better than average ability over the past 3 seasons?  Not going to beat out a) any other average or above DT out there, b) any younger DT who may become better than average, c) any equally mediocre aging vet with less baggage, d) any rookie draft pick with potential to be above average.

Anyone who thinks he's going to recover his prime form at his age, years after he lost it, is living a pipe dream.  He just doesn't have that level of ability anymore... regardless of the off-field issues.  Only way he gets serious attention is if a team is beset by training camp injuries, after the draft and the brunt of free agency are no longer options (or, of course, if some team is just so infatuated with his name recognition that they sign him on that alone... but I think most teams have learned not to do that.  Otherwise, T.O. wouldn't be playing arena ball).



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:39 pm
 

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

good bye clown. your attituude and locker room antics are the reason you'll hopefully be outta the league. You've made your money and now nothing else matters. see ya



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

Time for the entire NFL to say goodbye to Albert, not just the Bucs. Good riddance.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:30 pm
 

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

Would have won the SuperBowl?  I don't remember any patriot receivers dropping any TD passes.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:29 pm
 

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

$64,000 question is will anyone be gullable enough to pick him up?  Of course.  There is always a sucker who thinks they can fix/control the prima donna pro athlete.



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:18 pm
 

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

After the patriots cut him and went back to a 3-4 defense they went 10 -0 and would have won the superbowl if their receivers didn't get a case of the drops in the last 2 minutes , that in all shows you how much fat Albert is worth


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