Clayton For Haynesworth “Might Happen”August 24th, 2010
Joe was flabbergasted listening to veteran Bucs beat writer Roy Cummings tell 770 AM in Fort Myers that notorious facestomper Albert Haynesworth could possibly wear pewter and red this year and, even better, possibly come to the Bucs from Washington for Michael Clayton.
Yes, that Michael Clayton, the wide receiver with iconic blocking prowess and a bloated contract.
Speaking late Monday on the Miller & Moulton Show, Cummings was tossed a specific question about Haynesworth having any value for the Bucs as a defensive end, and Cummings was quick to say Haynesworth could make the Bucs a better team and Redskins general manager Bruce Allen likely is obsessed with Clayton.
Miller & Moulton: Albert Haynesworth is two years and $9 million total for this year and next year, and he clearly wants to play defensive end in a 4-3. And when he’s motivated and playing defensive end in a 4-3, or even tackle but moves to end in pass rushing situations, he is a force. Does that make any sense at all [for the Bucs]?. …It’s a need. He’ll be motivated. Does that make any sense at all?
Roy Cummings: It makes a great deal of sense and here’s why: Don’t forget. The Buccaneers were the team that offered Albert Haynesworth more money than anybody else in the NFL last year. A lot of people forget that – conveniently want to ignore that fact. … You know what, I think it makes all kinds of sense. It’s a ballsy move. I don’t know if he’s going to do it. They do want to be young here more than anything. But you know what, if Stylez White can’t wake up in these last two preseason games and show them what he’s got, why not? Go give it a shot. I mean, money really is not an issue. People don’t want to believe that here. Everybody, you know, on your end of things here in Tampa Bay wants to keep talking about money here and money there and how much the Glazers are or are not spending. I can tell you right now, if they think can get Albert Haynesworth, and it ends up becoming a wash in terms of what the payroll is, they’ll do it. And they’ll go out and get him. And you know what, he’ll make the team a better football team in a hurry.
Miller & Moulton: The Redskins have an obvious need at wide receiver. Then who knows? Maybe they can do [Michael] Clayton for Haynesworth straight up?
Cummings: Well, it might happen. … And let’s not forget, Bruce Allen drafted Michael Clayton. … One thing Bruce Allen will always do as an NFL general manager is try to prove that many mistakes he’s made as a general manager were not mistakes at all. He’s not good at what he does. And he makes a situation worse by trying to constantly prove that he did not make a mistake in drafting this guy in the first round, second round, third round, … I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do it again.
Cummings sure dropped a lot of juicy bombs there. And now we all know he won’t won’t be getting a Christmas card from Allen.
Joe can’t fathom the Bucs making a play for Haynesworth. The guy’s got more baggage than Tampa International on the day after Thanksgiving. However, dumping Clayton’s contract might be an incentive, and Haynesworth surely would sell his share of tickets and generate all kinds of buzz. And he’s only 29 years old.
Maybe Mark Dominik really is interested?
If the Bucs did consider giving up on Stylez White as a starter and using Haynesworth as their No. 1 right end, Joe suspects that wouldn’t make the Bucs a better team.
But since his head coach is a defensive mastermind schooled in the fine art of leading violent young men to greatness, Dominik might be motivated to roll the dice on Haynesworth.