At some point, you have to feel sorry for defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, and I think that after hearing that he was cut from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, that time is now.
The Buccaneers announced Wednesday that it was cutting ties with the two time pro bowler three weeks after they brought in new head coach Greg Schiano. Haynesworth, 30, is only 3 years removed from a 7 year, $100 million dollar contract signed with the Redskins but it's been all downhill for him since he inked his name to that deal.
"I appreciate Albert playing for us after some key injuries this past season,'' Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said in a statement. "He was very professional and we now wish him all the best as he moves forward.'
Haynesworth was coming off of two straight pro-bowl seasons with the Tennessee Titans when he signed that deal with the Redskins but a combination of poor conditioning, poor attitude and a volatile relationship with Head Coach Mike Shanahan sealed the end of his time with Washington. The Redskins, who wanted Haynesworth to play nose tackle, a position he didn't want to play, traded him to the Patriots last summer.
His stay with the Pats was short, he was released in November from the team before being claimed by the Bucs on November 8th, and considering the state of the Patriots defense this past season, that should be a testament to the depths of which this once feared man had fell.
Though several of the Buccaneers young defensive lineman praised Haynesworth as a good teammate eager to share his knowledge, it wasn't enough for Tampa Bay to swallow the money that he represented against the Salary cap. Haynesworth was due to count $7.2 million against the 2012 salary cap, with a $500,000 offseason workout bonus and $6.7 million in salary this season.
With his release, Tampa Bay now have about $67 million in available cap space, based on figures reported Monday by ESPN's John Clayton.
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