Bucs Release Haynesworth
February 15, 2012 at 03:40pm by Scott • 2 Comments »
In a move that will surprise precisely no one who knows how to add, the Bucs cut Albert Haynesworth today.
Haynesworth, claimed off waivers in November after Gerald McCoy‘s season-ending biceps injury, immediately stepped into the starting lineup for Tampa Bay and had a noticeable impact. But his play and effort level tailed off toward the end of the season. The Bucs considered cutting him during the season.
The reviews of his “effort” level are not all in agreement. Some say he was playing hard, so say he wasn’t. It’s generally along the same lines of who thinks the team quit of Raheem Morris and those who don’t. But it really wouldn’t have mattered if he looked awesome, the Bucs weren’t going to tie up another $6.7-million in his salary for 2012 when they already have so much invested in the defensive line out of the draft.
With an entirely new coaching staff, I was thinking Haynesworth could end up back in Tampa if the price is right. He didn’t burn any bridges and he had some games where he played well. But the way Mark Dominik phrased it doesn’t make it sound like he’s too eager to bring him back for depth.
“I appreciate Albert playing for us after some key injuries this past season,” general manager Mark Dominik said. “He was very professional and we now wish him all the best as he moves forward.”
Sounds pretty definitive. So for those of you who were hoping to get the biggest defensive disappointment of the last ten years back on the team, you’re out of luck. Maybe Mike Mamula is looking to make a comeback.