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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: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:46 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

He's not worth the uniform, he's a disgrace to football, sports, humanity

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:44 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

The NFL should tell him Goodbye, that sack of ****

Since: Jun 17, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:43 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye bottom.

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:30 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.

Since: Feb 12, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:29 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

Bummer to see the off-field issues get in the way of his career.. without them and all the trouble he would definitely be on a team right now.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:23 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye


Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:19 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

The NFL is a business.  Albert Haynesworth was released because of the money. 6 million dollars is a lot for a player that you are unsure about.  He can still play. In the right 4-3 system he can add much to a defense.   I do not think he is a 100 million dollar player anymore, but I do think he is a decent defensive tackle who feels most comfortable in a 4-3 system.  I can imagine the Bears, the Broncos, the Ravens, and the Seahawks taking a flyer on him. Although I think his destination is a place where he will feel the most comfortable with a bunch of other misfits with the Raiders or the Bengals.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:17 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

Could improve if he loses about half of his "excess" fat (and I'm talking about ABOVE the neck...)

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:16 pm

Buccaneers tell Albert Haynesworth goodbye

Call me crazy cosidering the whole "dream team" thing last year but, I wouldn't mind the Eagles bringing Haynesworth into camp at a minimum deal plus incentives to see what he has left.  I agree that the Patriots casting him aside is a big red flag but Bill Belichick probably puts more responsibility on his players than any other coach in the league.  His system requires very intellegent players who have the ability to digest not only their position but every other position around them.  Haynesworth is obviously not a New England Patriot caliber player.

Having said that, Haynesworths best years were under current Eagles Defensive Line Coach Jim Washburn.  The same Jim Washburn who made Jason Babin an All Pro player in Tennessee and then again with Philadelphia after failing miseably everywhere else.  Both Jason Babin and Albert Haynesworth completly credit Washburn for their successes.  Washburn simplifies the roles for his players and puts them in the best position to succeed.  If you are going to play the wide nine system, you might as well plug in a 350lb defensive lineman who has some mobility and can play the run.  He would be a rotational player and could easily be cut if he truely proves that he has nothing left.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:16 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
I am confused -- what does Albert playing or not playing on defense have to do with the Patriots' wideouts dropping passes?  Seems like dropped them or did not drop them regardless of what the defense does.  Second, there is no guarantee those couple passes being caught change the outcome of the game.  The Patriots would have been closer with more time, but that is no guarantee they score a TD now is it.  Scoring a TD going the length of the field in under a minute with 1 time out is pretty rare after all.

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