Albert Haynesworth (Finally?) In Bucs Fold

November 9th, 2011

One of the very first near-misses Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik whiffed on when he took the helm of the football operations of the Bucs was to sign the man formerly referred to as “Facestomper,” Albert Haynesworth, to a free agent deal.

Reportedly, Dominik offered the troubled defensive tackle more cash than the Redskins, which is where Haynesworth landed.

Whether it is a sign of dogged determination by Dominik or a sign of desperation with the Bucs in dire need of a defensive tackle due to injuries, with just 12 sacks this season, or perhaps the very real possibiity of slipping below the .500 mark, Dominik apparently has agreed to terms with Haynesworth, so Twitters Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

@ TBO_Buccaneers: the Bucs have claimed DT Albert Haynesworth off waivers. Bucs GM says move predicated by loss of Gerald McCoy.

Color Joe stunned. Haynesworth wore out his welcome with the Titans, all but started bonfires on the White House lawn in Washington so he could be released, and was reported to have been involved in a shouting match with a Patriots assistant coach that got him on the free market this week.

And this is a guy the Bucs want to influence a “youngry” roster?

Seems more desperation than dogged pursuit.

40 Responses to “Albert Haynesworth (Finally?) In Bucs Fold”

  1. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    At least it shows me that we are trying to win. No doubt this is a move of desperation, but I would say with a record of 4-4 with our upcoming schedule, this is the time to be desperate.

  2. Buddhaboy Says:

    wow i am a little stunned too. Maybe he can add a little nasty to our team.

  3. justin Says:

    haynesworth , okam and price is alot of weight up the middle to help stop the run

  4. stimpy Says:

    Didnt everyone NOT want him here?

    Whatever….whats the worst that can happen from here on out?

  5. thibs5599 Says:

    worse that happens we cut him. were giving up almost 5 yards a carry and fat albert is back in a 4-3. at least were finally trying to improve this team and mccoy went down either way the bucs are going to get blasted for getting albert or not putting a claim in for him.

  6. Buc Neckid Says:

    Does Aundre Gurode still play for the Cowboys?
    Looks like this is just in time for Round Two at the Sold Out CITS

  7. Joe Says:


    worst that can happen from here on out?

    Poison the locker room for years to come.

  8. Brad Says:

    Let’s see Shaun King said there is no way the Bucs sign this guy and they won’t offer a contract to Blount (which I disagree with). Time for that show to go bye bye..

  9. 941-Bucs Says:


    I think a few of our very own teammates already do that 🙂

  10. Jake Says:

    Don’t really see the downside on this. If the guy is a complete hemmroid you cut him. If the guy realizes this is it for him and plays up to his potential than youv’e gotten a steal for the rest of the season. Got to give them credit for at least trying to save the season.

  11. Sporty Doug Says:

    Can’t be any less productive than McCoy…

  12. Nick Says:

    WOW thats all I have to say. I am speachless.

  13. Joe Says:


    Yesterday afternoon on local radio Steve White pleaded with Mark Dominik not to sign Haynesworth. Don’t just crucify Shaun King.

  14. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    It’s got to be better than signing another practice squad player, right?

  15. JK Says:

    Poison the locker room for years to come. A little dramatic don’t you think Joe? All your worried about is that he might not talk to you. I give Glazerhouse a little credit. Taking a chance and trying to save a season that’s appears to be unraveling.

  16. Christian Says:

    I’ll let The Onion weigh in on this:,17976/

  17. OAR Says:

    Hey! Hey! Hey, it’s fat Albert time………

  18. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    justin and Hawaiian Buc, you guys are right on!
    At least Tampa is trying to win.
    As someone said, these are desperate times.
    Haynesworth, Okam, and Price are huge Men that can hopefully plug up the middle so our Ends can seal the play.

  19. Joe Says:

    All your worried about is that he might not talk to you.

    LOL Joe isn’t that desperate for friendship.

  20. OAR Says:

    Sweet, now we have, a face stomper and two rope-a-dopes!

  21. Paul Says:

    Upgrade over Miller, but even Ryan Simms was better than Miller.

  22. Bucs Deluge Says:

    we play more 4-3 defense which is what he is used to and prefers. even though the Pats were trying to use a little 4-3 they are primarily a 3-4 which he couldn’t fit into and really disliked and only played in part of the time. I say before we judge him lets give him a chance, who knows, we may be praising Dominik at the end of it all for the move.

  23. Joke Says:

    Ugh, I don’t like the feel of this.

    Hope I’m wrong and he helps stops the run!

  24. Achetti813 Says:

    A bad person in the locker room? Right now our locker room will either make a turn around with a big win in texas or will hit rock bottom we need to save the season or we have no chance. its a risk we need to take

  25. 941-Bucs Says:

    But on a serious note. I kind of hope this works out. Raheem is a lot more Laid back of a coach then with the Skins and Pats. He gets to work with Kieth Millard, work in Florida, and gets to play in a 4-3 that just wants u to get after the QB and stuff the run. There is no doubt Fat Albert has the ability to dominate the line. We just need to see if the coaches can get him to want to.

  26. crazy Says:

    If it takes 2 to block him and if he clogs his gap that sounds like an upgrade over the other next man up options.

  27. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    You guys do realize if this doesn’t work out, we will probably never sign another free agent?

  28. SteveK Says:

    Yes we will, sign more FA’s.

    This is a better sign then Derrick Ward.

    C’mon Fat Albert!

  29. pewterpirate99 Says:

    Joe stop calling this team “youngry”! I’m soooooo sick of that STUPID ASS phrase. They’re “YOUPID” , young and stupid( Derek Sharp came up with that phrase and he’s right on ). I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it, I have no confidence in this team, this entire coaching staff ( especially Coach [Take it easy PewterPirate99. It’s OK to disagree with Raheem. No need to call him foul names like that. — Joe] Moron ), this front office and the cheap ass ownership!!!!!! I’m just curious to how many none playoff seasons this team will have to have (IMO they WILL NOT make the playoffs this year) and how much money ownership has to lose by us fans NOT going to the games, before ownership goes out and gets a REAL coaching staff and starts bringing in here REAL football players ( Josh Freeman excluded )??!! And all you ass whips that believe in [No need use a slur in calling out Raheem. — Joe] and their plan can BLOW ME!!!!!!!

  30. pewterpirate99 Says:

    By the way signing Fat Albert is not bringing in real football players. Nice job Dummynik, you signed a player that NO ONE wanted. He’ll fit good with the rest of the practice squad cast offs we have on our team!!!

  31. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    This move says all we need to know about how the Bucs feel about their run defense with McCoy not in the game. They are desperate now, and rightfully so.

    Haynesworth thrived in a 4-3 and was misplaced by a couple of 3-4 teams trying to use him in the wrong system. It’s a stretch, but there’s a small chance he rehabilitates himself here now that he’s back in a 4-3.

    If not, then he gets cut within a few weeks. Nothing to lose in that short a period of time. I’m interested to see how this goes.

  32. raphael Says:

    desperate times = desperate measures…
    I don’t think its a good move…imo

  33. Oahubuc Says:

    So bummed about my Bucs right now. I’m just numb at this point. Maybe he will help stop the run… when he feels like it. Maybe he will get into the backfield… when he feels like it. It just has the foul stench of death to me.

  34. Nick Says:

    Well I’m off to buy my Fat Albert costume! Eric has to dress up as Mushmouth and Thomas has to be Dumb Donald.

  35. Steve From Oregon Says:

    Interesting takes…..Joe, I have serious doubts that the locker room is so young that one player can come in there and ruin it, I honestly just dont see that happening.

    This was a minimal risk investment that may or may not pan out, but I applaud the front office for at least taking a chance.

  36. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    Yo, asspirate99!
    How do you figure “NO ONE” wanted Fat Albert?
    Nobody knows yet if other teams put in a claim.
    Nobody is interested in your “BJ” offer either.

  37. Blubber Price Says:

    “Steve From Oregon Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 7:52 pm
    Interesting takes…..Joe, I have serious doubts that the locker room is so young that one player can come in there and ruin it ”

    That ship has already sailed , brother. See Aqib Talib…

  38. Meh Says:

    Everyone always says Talib is a great teammate. His problems are off the field. Haynesworth has off the field problems AND locker room problems.

  39. BigMacAttack Says:

    Late to the party, too much work this time of year, but Yes!

    I like this move for a variety of reasons.

    1. The Bucs have little if nothing to lose from it, at DT we’re already screwed. Roy Miller??? Really? C’mon Man!
    2. He comes cheap, and if he is still slacking, the investment is minimal.
    3. The guy knows how to play in this scheme. Now whether he applies himself remains to be seen, but he can play, or at least he could.
    4. This is a perfect opportunity for Albert to redeem himself, and Raheem is the right coach for a player like Haynesworth.
    5. Maybe the chances of Albert returning to Pro Bowl form are slim, but if he does this will pay huge dividends.
    6. If he does work out well they may alter the plan as Joe states and sign more free agents.

    The Bucs have everything to gain by this and virtually nothing to lose. I doubt seriously that Ronde Barber will let Albert take over the locker room. I still would like Rah/Dom to consider hiring a defensive coordinator and I want Derrrick Brooks. Big Game Sunday, and I can’t wait to go, win or lose.

    Go Bucs!!!

  40. Nate Says:

    I told yeh Albert Would Be here!!! Lets go Bucs! Albert is a sensitive guy but mark always wanted him maybe that will motivate him.. Also Raheem is a players coach and our Dline coach is a good dude! Why not give him a chance