FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Albert Haynesworth #92 of the New England Patriots leaves the field in the second half against the San Diego Chargers Gillette Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Bucs Claim Albert Haynesworth Off Waivers

The Patriots released veteran defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth this week and he was scooped up off the waiver wire by the Buccaneers.

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Albert Haynesworth Claimed By Tampa Bay Buccaneers Off Waiver Wire

The New England Patriots waived DT Albert Haynesworth on Tuesday and immediately speculation began as to who, if anyone, would claim him off the waiver wire. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, that team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who now acquire Haynesworth (and his contract).

The deadline to claim Haynesworth was 4:00 p.m. (ET) Wednesday afternoon. There were reports that a few teams -- like the Philadelphia Eagles -- would not be claiming him despite some speculation that they might.

The Bucs picking him up actually makes some sense on one hand because they just lost DT Gerald McCoy for the season but on the other hand Haynesworth hasn't been effective since the 2008 season so it might be wishful thinking that he'll be productive in Tampa.

The Bucs were one of the teams involved in the bidding for Haynesworth during the 2009 free agency period but he ultimately chose the Redskins.

Haynesworth had restructured his contract before joining the Patriots to the tune of two years, $8.7 million.

Check out SB Nation's Bucs Nation where Tampa Bay fans are wondering how they'll use the 6'6", 335-pound defensive tackle.

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Poll Says Patriots Made Right Decision Releasing Albert Haynesworth

The New England Patriots released DT Albert Haynesworth on Tuesday, surprising a few folks even though his release shouldn't come as a huge surprise. Haynesworth and defensive line coach Pepper Johnson were involved in a spat on the sidelines in Sunday's game and Haynesworth was apparently benched from the third quarter on (even though Bill Belichick says it was rotation-related).

The reaction from Patriots fans is mostly that this was the right move. SB Nation's Pats Pulpit polled their readers and 65 percent say they agree with the decision to release Haynesworth, although it's still disappointing.

Haynesworth seemed to be saying all of the right things to the press, took a huge pay-cut, called being with the Patriots "career saving" and seemed to really be giving it his all on every play.  However, he played poorly for two and a half quarters on Sunday, and after the shouting match with Johnson, maybe Bill Belichick sensed a changed in Haynesworth and realized he wasn't worth the potential headache if things really did turn sour.    

Things seemed to be going well enough in New England. Haynesworth wasn't playing like an All-Pro, clearly, but he didn't seem to have the same sulking issues that he did in Washington the year before. Belichick has this reputation, whether it's deserved or not, of identifying talent and getting the most out of players.

On Haynesworth, he failed. The fact that he was due just $1.5 million this year, and cost a 2013 fifth round pick to acquire, makes that easier to swallow.

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Albert Haynesworth Released By New England Patriots

The Patriots released veteran defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth just two days after he was apparently benched and had a sideline confrontation with an assistant coach.

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