According to NFL.com's senior writer Steve Wyche, the New England Patriots dropped defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. According to the article, the release of Haynesworth had nothing to do with his behavior on Sunday afternoon when the Patriots lost to the New York Giants and Haynesworth got into an argument with the Patriots defensive line coach.
Meanwhile, the New York Jets are facing some trouble on their defensive line, which they tried to bring youth to during the offseason. Against the Bills last week, the Jets were missing two crucial defensive lineman.
First is run-stopper Mike DeVito, who could not play for a second week straight due to a knee injury he suffered earlier this season.
The second is rookie Kenrick Ellis who was inactive against Buffalo
As of right now it is unclear when either will play again and how much they can contribute when they return this season. Before the game against Buffalo, DeVito was doing a few drills with head coach Rex Ryan but Ryan felt that they should give him some more time to recover. If and when DeVito returns he may be limited, giving more time to backup Marcus Dixon.
As for Ellis, he has dealt with injury several times this season, and has not made much of an impact during games.
Just like Braylon Edwards was during the middle of the 2009 season, Albert Haynesworth would be a quality mid-season addition that could add to the formidable New York defensive line.
Should the Jets claim Albert Haynesworth?
Earlier this season, Haynesworth's pass-rushing ability looked relatively good. The Jets, who like to blitz a lot, could utilize his abilities since their nose tackle, Sione Pouha, who is a run-stopper, is not a better pass-rusher.
Also, with head coach Rex Ryan, there is no doubt that he can find a way to get Haynesworth to play to his full potential. Earlier this season, the Jets signed Bills bust Aaron Maybin, who has turned out to be a great situational pass-rusher for the Jets thus far.
Money should not be an issue for the Jets, since all they have to pay Haynesworth if they claim him by Wednesday afternoon is $750,000.
If the Jets truly want a Super Bowl ring, claiming Albert Haynesworth off the waivers would definitely be another step towards achieving the ultimate goal.