Tampa Bay Buccaneers Release Haynesworth

Haynesworth-less: A fall from grace

2/15/12 in NFL   |   DeanMcArdle   |   20 respect

TAMPA, FL-- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth Wednesday, to rid themselves of his $7.2 million dollar salary and open up cap room. 

In 2009 Haynesworth's fellow NFL players voted him the "most dominant defensive player in football" in a Sports Illustrated poll. Earlier that year he inked a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Washington Redskins.

Three years and three teams later, Haynesworth finds himself without a job. 

The veteran run-stopper was a force with the Tennessee Titans from 2002-2008 earning a spot in the Pro-Bowl his final two years there. 

Signing with the Redskins after 2008 was the beginning of the end though. Over the past three seasons he has accumulated 39 tackles -- numbers that pale in comparison to the 41 tackles he racked up in 2008 alone.  

The former Tennessee Volunteer was traded from Washington to New England before the 2011 season where he played in six games collecting three tackles. The Patriots then released him last November, allowing Tampa Bay to claim him off waivers.

Haynesworth played in seven games for the Buccaneers compiling 20 tackles in his most productive span since his  time with the Titans. 

The 6'6" 350 pound behemoth's NFL past is riddled with suspensions and sideline confrontations. 

Haynesworth was suspended by the Redskins for the end of the 2010 season after repeated disputes with the coaching staff. The D-tackle's release from the Patriots in 2011 came days after a sideline dispute with assistant coach Pepper Johnson.  

While Ndamukong Suh's stomp on Packer Evan Dietrich-Smith this season earned him a bad boy reputation, it was Haynesworth who originated the move. In 2006, Haynesworth aimed a cleat at Cowboys' center Andre Gurode, opening up a gash in Gurode's forehead that required 30 stitches. Haynesworth received a five-game suspension, the longest in modern NFL history for on on-field incident. 

A high price tag and low production over the past few years wont make Haynesworth a hot commodity on the free agent market. This could be the end of the line for the once dominant defender. 

First T.O., and now Haynesworth. Tough times for big egos.
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2/20/12   |   JenX63   |   32485 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Never.  I hated when he was with the Redskins.  I wrote an article about him back then, about his laziness, his ego, his lack of respect for authority.....ugh.  He can just fade away if we are lucky enough.

AMEN

2/20/12   |   Debi_L   |   11786 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Would you want your favorite team to take a shot on Haynesworth?

Never.  I hated when he was with the Redskins.  I wrote an article about him back then, about his laziness, his ego, his lack of respect for authority.....ugh.  He can just fade away if we are lucky enough.

2/16/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Remember when people thought the Tennessee Titans were crazy for not outbidding Dan The Man for Big Al's services?

2/16/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Would you want your favorite team to take a shot on Haynesworth?

Hell no. I'd rather the Saints go out and re-sign Jonathan Sullivan.

2/16/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Would you want your favorite team to take a shot on Haynesworth?

when your favorite team is the Browns, then the answer is yes, at a huge discount of course

2/16/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Lazy...L-A-Z-Y lazy...and perhaps a bit crazy

2/16/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Would you want your favorite team to take a shot on Haynesworth?