Why Tampa Bay Bucs Will Regret Signing Albert Haynesworth

Caleb GarlingCorrespondent INovember 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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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a pretty bad run defense this year. Coming into today, they were 26th worst in the league in rushing yards allowed. When they played the 49ers a few weeks ago, Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter looked like a couple of escaped horses.

So picking up Albert Haynesworth was not the worst of moves. They need help, and even though the Patriots got rid of the questionably-moraled defensive anchor, he can still play football.

But the Bucs will regret it.

First, there is his obvious baggage. As much as players act cool about a guy's past, everyone saw Haynesworth's disgusting face stomp of Andre Gurode. You don't forget, and you don't easily forgive antics like that. Haynesworth will be dealing with that in the backs of players' minds during practice.

That will be compounded with the fact his time didn't work out in New England. The Patriots not only have a terrible defense to begin with, but such a deal was made of his signing there that the sting of being cut midseason is exacerbated.

He's arriving in Tampa Bay already saddled with the label of "lazy" and "jerk."

You can't bring in a guy like that, midseason, to an already troubled team and defensive unit and expect it to work out well. Today, the Texans had a field day, giving up 185 yards, with Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Derrick Ward each getting 10-plus handoffs.

Granted, Haynesworth had only been with the team for about 48 hours and the Texans ground game is one of the best, but he started and still couldn't help keep that three-headed hydra under control.

Again, the Bucs need help. But signing perhaps the biggest jerk in NFL history is not the way to go about it.

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