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Albert Haynesworth claimed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On the road again... (Stew Milne/AP)

One day after the New England Patriots released defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed him off waivers, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

So the 6-6, 350-pounder who the Washington Redskins paid $35 million (and it would have been a lot more) to do next to nothing is now headed to his third team in the last four months.

When the Patriots dealt a fifth-round pick in 2013 for Haynesworth, NFL analysts lauded the move as a shrewd low-risk/high-reward play by the brilliant Bill Belichick. Well, this one just didn’t pan out.

“I thought that both he and myself — speaking for the (coaching) staff — we really tried to make it work,” Belichick said on Wednesday. “He had a few limitations to overcome when he got here, but I thought he really tried to do what we asked him to do. We tried to work with him. In the end, it just didn’t work out. I think the best thing we could do was move on.”

Haynesworth managed all of three tackles in six games with the Pats, which is slightly worse than the 16 he registered in eight games with the Redskins last season.

Now Haynesworth heads to a Bucs team in desperate need of interior line depth after they placed Gerald McCoy on injured reserve this week. The Bucs also signed former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle John McCargo.

Back in 2009, the Bucs were actually the highest bidders for Haynesworth’s services, reportedly offering him more than the seven-year, $41 million guaranteed deal he got from the Redskins.

“I could have made more money with Tampa Bay if I really wanted to. That’s positive,” Haynesworth told The SIRIUS Blitz in June, 2009. “They offered me a whole lot more, and then even with their tax situation, it could have been 20 percent more.”

Tampa Bay won’t be ponying up nearly as much to get Haynesworth this time around. Haynesworth signed a restructured two-year, $8.7 million deal before joining the Patriots.

How long will Haynesworth last in Tampa? Reset your countdown clocks...

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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