The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed the contract of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth via waivers on Wednesday, allowing the Patriots to avoid any obligation to pay the balance of his salary for 2011.
As it turns out, the Bucs had no competition for his services.
Per a league source, no one else submitted a claim for Haynesworth, which serves only to make more confusing the decision of a franchise with a young, impressionable defensive line to bring in a guy with plenty of on-field and off-field baggage.
Coach Raheem Morris recently blamed the season-ending biceps injury suffered by defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on arm tackling. Morris won’t have to worry about Haynesworth getting injured by arm tackling, since at this point of his career he pretty much does no tackling at all.
But maybe Morris can do what Mike Shanahan and Bill Belichick couldn’t. I like the fact that Morris is confident in his ability to get through to Haynesworth, but at some point every coach needs to realize that there are certain guys who simply can’t be turned around.