Willwerth: Can Haynesworth Help Tampa Bay

Can Albert help the Buccaneers? We’ll see!

By Brian Willwerth 

It didn’t take long for former New England Patriot Albert Haynesworth to find a new home.

Just one day after being released by the Pats, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed the defensive tackle off waivers on Wednesday. Earlier this week, the Bucs announced their 2010 first-round draft pick, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy would miss the rest of the season with a torn right biceps.

Haynesworth signed a $100 million contract with the Redskins two-years ago. Since then, he hasn’t lived up to the billing. He was a bust in Washington. His impact in New England was limited. Now he heads to Tampa – a team that desperately needs help on defense.

The Buccaneers are giving up an average of 398 yards per game, including 132 on the ground, and rank 24th in the league in scoring defensive, allowing 24.5 points a game. In fact, they have struggled mightily on defense ever since the glory days of Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Ronde Barber, (Barber is still there.)

Did I mention Arian Foster and the Texans come to Ray-Jay this week?  Ay ay ay.

Will Haynesworth work out on the gulf coast of Florida? We’ll see starting this Sunday. But this Bucs’ fan sees it as a low-risk move for a team looking up at the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South.

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