Updated 6:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 9
The Bucs have claimed former Patriots DT Albert Haynesworth off of waivers, the team announced Wednesday.
Haynesworth was released Tuesday by the Patriots. He was seen arguing with DL coach Pepper Johnson on the sideline during the Pats' 24-20 loss to the Giants in Week Nine. Some questioned the effort he gave during that game.
Haynesworth had only three tackles this season. For his career, he has 30½ sacks and six forced fumbles.
The team also announced that it has waived DT John McCargo.
The way we see it
If second-year DT Gerald McCoy hadn't been placed on injured reserve with a season-ending torn biceps muscle, this move possibly doesn't happen. However, Bucs head coach Raheem Morris is known as a guy who can motivate players and get them to play at a high level.
This will be a tough and a different challenge given that Haynesworth appeared to give up on the Patriots, something he also had done previously with the Redskins. Also, Morris is more used to coaching younger players who might respond differently to his tactics than veteran guys do.
When Haynesworth is playing at a high level, he can be one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the league. Over the past two seasons, however, he hasn't played up to his abilities, with injuries and a lack of fitness being two big issues.