Albert Haynesworth: Troubled DT Will Make Buccaneers Regret Waiver Claim

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2011

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth #95 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sets for play against the Houston Texans November 13, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Albert Haynesworth is the laziest player in the NFL today, which is why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' waiver claim on him earlier this week makes no sense at all. This is a move that is going to backfire immediately. 

Despite being a member of the Buccaneers for just four days and only going through two practices, Haynesworth is going to be starting in today's game against the Houston Texans

Albert Breer of NFL.com talked to Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik, who explained why the move had to be made. 

"This is predicated on losing Gerald McCoy. If that doesn't happen, this doesn't happen, we don't claim Haynesworth," Dominik said. "The reality, we lost Gerald for the season, we're 4-4 and still in the thick of it, we've lost our last two and we're one game off the wild card. We don't think we're out of it."

The rationale for picking up a defensive tackle was perfectly sound. The rationale for that player being Haynesworth does not make sense. At one point, he was a disruptive force in the middle of a defensive line, but those days are long gone. 

The Buccaneers have been building a new culture under head coach Raheem Morris and things were moving in the right direction, even if their win-loss record didn't show that this year. 

Haynesworth has been a problem child everywhere he has played. In Tennessee, they overlooked his issues because he was a great player. In Washington, he finally got paid, so he did not have to work anymore. 

New England was supposed to resurrect his career, but instead, he squandered the opportunity and got involved in an altercation with the team's defensive line coach, Pepper Johnson. 

The Buccaneers will regret taking a chance on Haynesworth and will end up cutting him loose at the first chance they get.

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