Embattled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Haynesworth was waived by the New England Patriots yesterday. Teams had until this afternoon to place a claim on the former Pro-Bowler.
The 30 year old was in his first year with the Patriots after being acquired in July from the Washington Redskins. New England provided a fifth round draft choice in the 2013 NFL draft in return for the former Pro-Bowl defensive lineman. Haynesworth had previously signed a seven-year $100 million contract with the Redskins in 2009 but never lived up to expectations.
In six games with the Patriots this season Haynesworth recorded no sacks and tallied just two tackles. Last season with the Redskins he picked up 2.5 sacks in eight games.
Last night, former Tampa Bay star defensive tackle and current NFL analyst Warren Sapp predicted that Haynesworth’s career was likely over. “ I don’t remember this guy playing like this, except when it was time to collect the contract. Don’t go to his contract year. Go two years before the contract. Go three years before. He was a two-and-a-half sack guy for five years,” Sapp said.