The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed recently released defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN. Haynesworth was released by the New England Patriots on Tuesday after team team traded a 2013 fifth round pick for him prior to the season starting. Haynesworth played previously for the Washington Redskins, after signing a $100 million contract in free agency. Haynesworth flamed out with the Redskins and the Patriots, which ultimately lead to both teams dumping him.
The Buccaneers however are hurting at the defensive tackle position, with former first round pick Gerald McCoy once again hitting injured reserve for the second season in a row. McCoy tore a biceps muscle last week and is done for the season. Haynesworth, who is a vested veteran that had to go through waivers, was claimed by the Buccanneers which means they will inherit his current contract.
Haynesworth is due $705,882 for the remainder of the 2011 season and can make up to $4.35 million through incentives. Haynesworth is signed through the 2012 season with a $6.7 million base salary with a $400,000 roster bonus and a $100,000 workout bonus.
Stephen Holder, the Bucs beat writer for the St. Petersburg times, claims that Bucs general manager Mark Dominicwatched every snap of Haynesworth's twice before making the decision. When Haynesworth was a free agent in 2009, the Bucs were one of the front runners to attempt to sign him.
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