November 09, 2011
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the latest team to find out that Albert Haynesworth(notes) is overweight, lazy and not worth the time or money. One day after being cut by the New England Patriots, the former NFL defensive player of the year was claimed off waivers by the Bucs.
Tampa will take on the contract Haynesworth signed with New England. The team will pay him $705,882 over the final eight weeks of the season. If he plays for the team in 2012, his salary escalate to $6.7 million, not including a $400,000 roster bonus due Aug. 1.
Whereas you could make the case that Haynesworth signing with Bill Belichick in New England was a good example of low-risk/high-reward, the same can't be said about the Bucs. Sure, the risk is similarly low, but what's the reward? What's the best-case scenario for Morris? At worst, Haynesworth is the same player he's been for the past three years. At best, he shows flashes of the play that made him a $100 million man in 2009 and single-handedly leads Tampa to the playoffs. Then what? He dutifully plays the role of the humbled veteran in the offseason, working hard and preparing for training camp, where he'll show up slimmed down and ready to contribute even more in 2012 without asking for a contract extension?
The last thing a young coach like Raheem Morris needs in his young locker room is headaches, and now the Bucs have gone out and created one for him.
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