Buccaneers Claim Albert Haynesworth Off of Waivers
After the New England Patriots released Albert Haynesworth yesterday, the 30-year-old defensive tackle has found a new home as the Tampa Bay...
After the New England Patriots released Albert Haynesworth yesterday, the 30-year-old defensive tackle has found a new home as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed him off of waivers.
The Buccaneers say they got him due to the fact that young defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy, is now out for the season after tearing his right bicep. General manager, Mike Dominick, admitted that the Bucs would not have been interested in him if it weren't for the McCoy injury.
Former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle, John McCargo, was signed yesterday to help for the loss of McCoy. However, according to several sources, he was now released so the team could get Haynesworth.
The Bucs are coming off a tough 27-16 loss to the Saints, where the McCoy injury appeared. However, they're going to need to make the most of Haynesworth, who has been struggling a lot this year. He hasn't been the same All-Pro player like he used to be since he signed the big $100 million deal a few years back with the Redskins.
Haynesworth clearly showed signs that he was done as a Patriot after he was dominated by David Diehl, the New York Giants' offensive guard, in the Pats' 24-20 loss. Most notably, he was dominated in the third quarter by Diehl where running Brandon Jacobs scored a go-ahead ten-yard touchdown. Haynesworth didn't appear in the game at all after that. The Patriots tried to get things to work, but it never did.
"I'll just say this on the Albert situation. I thought that both he and myself -- speaking for the (coaching) staff -- we really tried to make it work," Belichick said. "He had a few limitations to overcome when he got here, but I thought he really tried to do what we asked him to do. We tried to work with him. In the end, it just didn't work out. I think the best thing we could do was move on."
The Buccaneers tried to sign Haynesworth back in 2009, but he ended up in Washington. Haynesworth said that Tampa Bay offered more money, but he did not want to be a distraction in Florida; which is pretty funny because he was enough of a distraction when he was in DC.
The Bucs were down to two healthy defensive tackles with Brian Price and Roy Miller, so signing Haynesworth really helped.
Albert will still be making his money, but he won't cost much to Tampa Bay as he will only be worth a little over $700,000 in salary for the team this year.
Let's hope Haynesworth makes the most of this tenure. He only has three tackles so far this season. Let's see some more, Al!