After fleecing the Washington Redskins for approximately 114 bajillion dollars and being cut loose earlier this week by the New England Patriots (for whom he racked up an eye-popping three tackles this season), defensive tackle and face stomper extraordinaire Albert Haynesworth made his debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in today's blowout loss to the Houston Texans.
Haynesworth actually acquitted himself fairly well statistically given that he only practiced twice with his new team, racking up five total tackles, and I'm well aware that injuries along the Tampa defensive line all but forced the Buccaneers to claim Haynesworth off waivers, but I wouldn't want Albert Haynesworth on my roster if I were the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes, much less the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
First, Haynesworth just isn't the same player he was during his heyday with the Tennessee Titans. Whether that's a result of age, being out of shape, or just being flat out lazy Haynesworth is nowhere near the disruptive force he once was, instead spending more time flat on his back than in the offensive backfield, and if the Buccaneers expect that to suddenly change then they're chasing ghosts.
Also, what head coach in his right mind would want to bring the king of loudmouthed malcontents into a locker room filled with young players, especially along the defensive front? Is Albert Haynesworth the guy you want counseling Gerald McCoy, or chatting up Da'Quan Bowers, or befriending Adrian Clayborn?
Of course you don't. So why risk it?
I understand that the Tampa Bay front office is doing what they feel is best in order to help the Buccaneers win football games. My concern is that in bringing Haynesworth on board they're going to do some fairly significant damage to their franchise in the long term for a minimal return in the short term.