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Albert Haynesworth: NFL's Biggest Joke Won't Help Bucs This Season

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16: Albert Haynesworth #92 of the New England Patriots chats with fans after a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Luis BatlleContributor INovember 13, 2011

According to a tweet by NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, after being released just days ago by the New England Patriots, Albert Haynesworth will be starting Sunday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Talk about a poor move by Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Raheem Morris.

Albert Haynesworth may have been a top talent in the league once upon a time, yet now he is nothing more than a washed-up defensive lineman who seems to only be getting worse.

In his most recent tenure with the New England Patriots, Haynesworth recorded just three tackles in six games with the team this season. A Pro-Bowl caliber defensive lineman like Haynesworth putting up just three tackles is not only pathetic, but downright inexcusable.

Since his seven consecutive 30-plus tackle seasons and total 24 sacks with the Tennessee Titans, Haynesworth has produced just 2.5 sacks and 19 tackles over the last two seasons, with both the Washington Redskins and New England Patriots.

Make no mistake about it, the numbers are not misleading; in this instance, they are an indicator of a guy who simply could care less about his team and is plenty more concerned with searching for an "ideal" situation.

Despite the potential that Haynesworth has proven he can bring to the table in this league, there is no question that he has underachieved and should not be given a second chance. Regardless, if the Bucs do plan to start Haynesworth on a weekly basis in their 4-3 set defense, it seems to be a long-shot that a guy who has struggled for two seasons will all-of-a-sudden be the savior for this 4-4 team.

The Buccaneers are the 28th-ranked passing defense and the No. 26 rushing defense in the league, and it is highly unlikely that Haynesworth will be too pleased with the current situation in Tampa.

Did the Bucs make the right move picking up the big fella?

Possibly for the future Haynesworth is a positive addition, yet for the time being, picking him up and starting him days later will not improve the Bucs chances to make the postseason. There is no chance that a guy could struggle as much as he has and suddenly pick up the pace yet again.

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