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November 9, 2011 @ 5:07 pm
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BREAKING NEWS UPDATED: Bucs Claim Albert Haynesworth

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With Gerald McCoy out for the season Bucs GM Mark Dominik made a bold move to claim Albert Haynesworth off of waivers. Haynesworth is expected in Tampa late tonight.

In a stunning move the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed former Titan, Redskin and Patriot Albert Haynesworth this afternoon off of waivers. Haynesworth, 30, was released Tuesday by New England.

Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik talked about the acquisition.

“Obviously we made a waiver claim today for Albert Haynesworth and were awarded his contract,” Dominik said. “I have had a chance to speak to him already and as you would hope he is excited, fired up and has asked how soon we can get him a flight. He wants to be in tonight and practice tomorrow was what his words were. So that was very encouraging.

“This move was predicated by the injury to Gerald McCoy. I can say candidly if Gerald McCoy wasn’t hurt right now I probably wouldn’t do this move. But because of the situation I felt like Albert Haynesworth has the best ability of any defensive tackle out there. For me it made sense as an organization to bring him onboard. On the downside we did release John McCargo, who we signed yesterday.

Dominik continued to explain his decision and how he thinks Haynesworth can help the Buccaneers.

“The need is important but the thing I think I’m going to bank on a little bit here [with] our defense and what we ask the three technique to do, regardless of what you have seen from Albert Haynesworth over the last couple seasons, [is that] he’s been more of a 3-4 defensive end two-gapping. He and we have always felt he was more of a one-gap penetrator. And the timing is what it was. It made sense to us and to me to put the claim in for a guy I think can help us the second half of the stretch.


Mark Dominik has been a proponent of building through the draft and has rarely delved into the free agent pool. The signing of a veteran, who comes with some baggage like Haynesworth, may confuse some fans. Dominik defended his track record.

“There are some misconceptions sometimes in they way we are trying to build this team,” Dominik said. “We want to win. We control his rights just like any other club in the league and it will be up to him how he plays and performs.”

It was believed the Buccaneers were close to signing Haynesworth two years ago, but the Redskins eventually won the battle for the former Tennessee Volunteer.

“We were in talks with him that first night (of free agency) but Albert and his agent Chad Specht made the decision, which is fine, to go to Washington,” Dominik said. “But it is a guy I have continued to watch and I will continue to watch other players in the league we are interested in.”

Dominik was asked if he had any contact with the Patriots today in regards to Haynesworth’s work ethic or play on the field this year.

“I didn’t feel that was necessary. I’ve read all the articles,” Dominik said. “What I did was I went to the film. And I watched 134 of his snaps this year twice. Watched every game twice. Watched how he played, his effort, his motor, what they asked him to do. I watched the play where Brandon Jacobs scored a touchdown and he didn’t play another snap again for the New England Patriots. But I wanted to watch who he was as a player and that, to me, was the most important thing.”

Dominik talked about what he saw after watching the game tape.

“He can be strong, powerful, dominating; he can be disruptive still,” Dominik said. “When I see him shoot a gap, he can still play football. He’s not one of these older players who really can’t play anymore. I just want him to play our way. Talking to Coach Morris, he is excited about it and looking forward to moving forward with Albert Haynesworth and seeing how he does here.”

Statistically, Haynesworth had been less than impressive with the Patriots. But Dominik said stats don’t always tell the whole picture.

“I would say – and this is not a shot – NFL.com is not an official stat,” Dominik said. “Adrian Clayborn has more than 13 tackles. I can show you upstairs Adrian Clayborn had two solo tackles last week alone with two assists.

“I counted seven QB pressures, number one, [and] that was important. I counted about 15 disruption plays and I counted eight total tackles, which isn’t tremendous, I agree with that. And again, he is playing in a two-gap system. I have always felt Albert Haynesworth is a one-gap player and I think Albert feels that way.”

While the book on Haynesworth has played out over the last two-and-a-half seasons in the papers and on ESPN, the baggage that the former Patriot brings is well known. But Dominik feels the Buccaneers can reign in the former Pro Bowler.

“We’ve had a lot of star power here in the past we have been able to handle,” Dominik said. “Keyshawn Johnson, we made a big trade. We made a decision to sign Simeon Rice and then sign him to a big extension. So we have been down this road with a lot of these players that have a lot of media attention. And we have had success with it in my opinion. We won a Super Bowl with both of those players.

“With Albert Haynesworth, at the end of the day, he is here off of a waiver claim and I expect him to perform the way I think he is expecting to perform or the same thing can happen.

“I’d say it is a week-to-week evaluation. You know it’s that way with a lot of players. Let’s be candid, this is the NFL. It’s tough. I’m looking forward to actually physically talking to him. Having him in the building and watching his effort level tomorrow – like I’m sure you all will be – in the practice where we actually have pads on and let’s go see what Albert Haynesworth can do and bring to this football team.”


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    PewterReportMC.. It took seven weeks for this staff to find out that Freeman was throwing off his back foot.It will take them till next year to find out if Haynesworth has the desire. Morris might have people skills but that does not make him a HC/DC.
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    How much game planning do you put into a game and whoevere it is for the BUCS, please do us a favor and fire him or her (sorry if i hurt any feelings but i think i could do a much better shop without paying me!!!!!!!!!)
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    Time to wake up the coaches and let them accountable for what there putting 0n the field. Stop putting all the play on the players, I like the coaches to remember the next one up and your outa here!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I'm not a fan of the player or person Haynesworth has been. With that said, this is a low risk signing with potentially mediocre results. He doesn't fit the youth movement and he's not a long term solution, but he fills a need and the Bucs defensive system gives him the best chance to make an impact. If he doesn't pan out, he's week to week with the Bucs having the ability to release him at any time with no major financial loss. It's worth a shot.
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    Let's see if the big, nasty, bad attitude a-hole can perform. Give Warren, I mean Fat Albert, a chance. There is no down side to this.
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    Matador, great comment,circling the drain. Could not have said it any better.
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    This is a good move in the way that it can only have an upside. But isnt this the same guy who was gonna play his heart out for Pats? One thing for sure, if he doesnt perform well here he wont be back in the NFL. Why? Hes back to playing 4-3 which he excelled in his pro bowl yr.HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ONE FRICKEN GAP! Not much thinking necesary. Penetrate and dominate what u see. If be cant do that HES DONE!!! If u ask me HES DONE!!! I know Sapp isnt dead but he probably has begun to roll over on top of his pre-paid grave. I wonder when or if he plans to visit the facility now Albert's there. Cuz we ALL know Warren talks cash sh*t about Albert. He dog walks him every time his name comes up. Cant wait to see the show this week. LMFAO!
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    Smart pick up. Low risk, cheap, nothing but upside. Strong guy, big man. Our line is getting crushed. If he proves he's done, we cut him lose. But if he still wants to play, may help settle the middle for a few games. Cargo and Woods didn't make it here first go round, can't make it anywhere else. Who else is out there?
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    Al Woods was picked up by the Steelers. On Miller.... yeah, maybe we should have kept McCargo and dropped Miller.... I'm seeing Price and Okam rotating at Nose and Al at Under. Honestly, if he just wants to be lazy, he could just say "no thanks" - why would anyone embarrass themselves for a week or two with the money being at a much lower point now? In other words, he packed it in for the Skins when they went 3-4. Should he have sucked it up and played? Yeah, I think so, its was MOST players do. He's a diva with an attitude, that's a fact. However, here's the key: Undertackle in our system is his position, it is the only position he wants to play. Is the passion gone? We'll find out. Could we do worse? It'd be difficult at this point. I'm more concerned about his crap attitude and treatment of folks as a human being rather than a football player at this point.
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    Albert is a lazy *censored* punk and thank god we didn't sign this under achieving free agent bust two yrs ago. Make all the excuses you want for this guy but he is a big baby who pouts and quits when he doesn't get his way. boo on this signing. T. Owens your next punk we don't care about the baggage were desperate
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    It's a low-risk, high reward potential situation in my opinion and I think Dom is looking at it that way. If he comes in here with an attitude and presents any problem he will be given a quick plane ticket back home. But if he can play up to even half of his ability it will be a smart move. There is no debate he was a stud before the Redskin fiasco, but has he lost the passion for the game? It wont take this staff long to figure that out. Whether you are a fan or Morris or not, he has the ability to make even the least important person feel as if they matter. I see it every day. The jury may still be out on Morris somewhat as a head coach from the fans but his one-on-one people skills are impressive. If Haynesworth doesn't succeed here with Morris, Millard and Stretz he might as well retire for good. This is the defense he has been wanting and now he will get his shot. MC
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    PewterReportMC, you are right on. Let me just say that you are doing a heck of a job! You are doing your homework and thank you. Good job Mark.
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    welcome to TPA Mr. Haynesworth, save our coaching staff. LOL. I hope the change of scenery and familiar scheme helps him play well. When I saw the release of Haynesworth, I thought this would be a good pick up when GMC went down for the count (again). speaking of heavy, RIP Heavy D and smokin Joe Fraizer.
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    I just wonder what we will do if Haynesworth comes in and plays better than McCoy...Then what? I think that the point that generally when MD picks up a free agent, whether Winslow, Koenen, or any of he other countless bodies, they have all coGetting him back in a comparable scheme might bring success. If not low-risk.
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    It's my opinion Dom should cut Miller and sign Al woods who was released from Seahawks, if he hasn't been picked up already. Don't know if Miller is hurt, but I re-watched the Saints game----holy s---, he was getting pancaked or on a ten yard ride/washout on every play, he is really playing poorly, 100% non factor/liability/weakness, unless he's really playing injured or something this is a big weakness that could/should be eliminated right now. Don't know much about McCargo but I know I liked Al woods when he was here.
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    Starting to wonder if Miller is a two gap guy and not a one gap guy.
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    I thought Haynesworth's rejection of us in favor of Washington in 2009 was a gross mis-step in judgment on Haynesworth's part for the very reason this is a great move by Dominik: Haynesworth is an EXCELLENT fit for our system and shouldn't need much in the way of coaching in order to be effective. It was always a square peg in a round hole situation in both Washington and New England for Haynesworth, and I think him ending up here is fait accompli. And for $750k for eight games, it's well worth the investment.
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    I don't think he'll be great but I don't think he will suck either. Look at his last two coaches. Both old school very much stuck in their own ways. Both 3-4 defenses. He was a monster in the 4-3 defenses he played in. Not to mention I like the thought of him and Okam on short downs.
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    Let's be honest. This is a move borne out of desperation. We are circling the drain. This won't be enough to change the outcome, but I can at least respect the effort the move represents. The cake is baked, we have been out-drafted, out-coached and out-bid in free agency for the duration of the 'new' regime, new yet virtually entirely constructed of characters who were part of the prior regime that won a handful of division titles and a shiny trophy. The theory that we are building for the future presupposes we have a lot of talent stacking up in our locker room, yet when you look at it our needs include C, G, TE, TE, speed WR, speed RB, CB, CB, LB, LB and possibly, amazingly at least one more D-line position. Luckily, we're good at P/K. And, probably, QB though this has been a year of going backwards so whether we have a B or an A caliber player there is TBD. Sticking with my pre-season 8-8 +/- 1 forecast, and my 2-yr regime change forecast. Dom is indeed starting to believe he needs to fight for his job.
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    I think it great that Albert is coming here, But why in the world did we left McCargo go again. Why can't we keep both of them. Period, We need more defensive help. They need to get rid of another surplus position. I think it great to get Albert but McCargo would have help and he could rotate with Albert every other play if needed. GO Bucs
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    This is an organization that has done very well with Free agent pickups and low draft picks. I am not for one going to doubt their moves. I think they probably thought Hainsworth was worth a look at. If he pans out you will be calling the front office geniuses, if he flops, so what ? we didn't pay much for him.
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    I keep reading this and can't stop laughing. I understand we're still in he playoff hunt, and know GM was a huge part of us getting pressure, but lmfao, really. Hope he can call plays to because our offensive needs a pick up as well. But oh well, it's not a long term commitment, go get'em Albert.
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    I feel bad about McCargo, but I have to say I like the move for Al. Is he uncoachable? Maybe. We're going to find out. Ultimately, as a 3-technique guy, that's really what he's wanted to do since he left the Titans, what he wanted to do in DC before they went 3-4 and what he wanted to do for the Pats, but he played 2-gap read-react there. He fits our scheme, he really does. Not a lot of coaching, honestly, should be necessary. Has he been a problem? I think he has, yes, absolutely. Big risk, yes. I didn't say before it happened that it should, but afterwards, I have to admit I like the idea (and will admit the degree of my wrongness should he turn out continued crappy play).
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    I am not sure why this was done. He hasn't been coachable in years. If Coach can pull this off then he is a miracle worker. All I see is Haynesworth coming in here out of shape and will either go on IR in 2 games or be cut. I don't see much of anything out of him in the immediate future, but maybe the light bulb will come on for Haynesworth and he might realize he still has talent left in his gas tank if he would change his attitude and get in shape for next season. There's always hope and that's all we got here with this situation.
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    Sigh.........after putting a half hour's worth of thought into this I don't think Dominik would be doing his job if he didn't make this move. Dominik clearly has admitted to himself he made a mistake by not signing Sproles. I don't think we'll go all the way back to the Allen/Gruden way of doing things, but I now think that next year if there is a FA out there Dominik thinks will help this team he'll get him, regardless of price. Haynesworth doesn't have an expensive contract, but it's not cheap either. I welcome the boldness of the move more than the player itself. I think it's a sign of things to come. I want about 2 good FA's per offseason, but I don't want to build our team through FA like Allen did and Belichik does.
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    Dom couldn't have signed Sproles....period. Sproles was going to New Orleans because of his relationship with Brees. I think this signing can only have an upside because we can always bring someone else in if Haynesworth doesn't pan out. If he DOES get his passion back then this could turn out to be something great for next year when we could be rotating in McCoy and Haynesworth the way Detroit will rotate Suh and Fairley. I don't see any down side to this acquisition. He's on a short leash and he knows it but he has shown in the past that he can be a dominant player. I just hope he seizes this opportunity.
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    I think anyone is worth giving a shot. If anything Morris is the guy to motivate others. He is a players coach and I think they all feed off of that. Al H, good luck here in Tampa I am not alone when I say I hope you have a great career here. We'll all see right, got nothing to lose out of it.
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    What do the Bucs have to lose--NOTHING. He was picked up for next to nothing. Granted he could be a nightmare but, on the other hand he just might work out. He definitely had a conflict with Belechic but, if any coach can work with him it is certainly Raheem. Millard as his defensive line coach is probably also a good combination. Millard was a blue collar hard working really good lineman. I hope it works out.
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    The airlines just refer to him as "Cargo" anymore....as opposed to McCargo.
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    I'd kept McCargo too.
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    ...ohh Lord, here we go. The season just got real depressing,real fast...
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    McCargo lands in Tampa. MD is there, hey... about that signing, yeah... we got you a ticket back. No hard feelings?
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