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Haynesworth: I should have been in Tampa all along

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The Buccaneers made a serious effort to sign Albert Haynesworth when the defensive tackle was a free agent in 2009, but Haynesworth wound up signing with the Redskins.

We all know how well that worked out. Haynesworth is now in Tampa after getting cut by the Patriots and claimed on waivers by the Bucs and he said Thursday that he feels he should have been there all along. So why didn’t he sign with the Bucs as a free agent?

“It was too pretty, too much water, too much sun here, and I’d just bought a big nice boat, a good fast boat, and I really felt like if I came here I’d mix my time in with football and boating,” Haynesworth said, via Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. “When I was in Tennessee, during football season I did the football and during the offseason I did the boating and did all my toys and played around and everything like that. But I figured with the water and the sun being here all year round I was a little afraid of myself on a Tuesday or something like that going for a boat ride. I should have trusted myself and known, but I was really kind of scared of that.”

And here we thought Haynesworth meant that he should have signed with Tampa because they play a defensive scheme that’s a better fit for his skills.

That explanation probably won’t do much to quell any concerns that Haynesworth’s level of motivation is too low for him to be an effective player for the Bucs this season. Haynesworth did talk about the return to the 4-3 system that he thrived in with the Titans, saying he looked forward to having a chance to “wreak havoc,” but after two-and-a-half underwhelming seasons it remains to be seen whether a simple change in system will be enough to turn things around. After all, it was just a few months ago that Haynesworth was talking about the move to New England being a career saver.

The old saying is that the third time’s a charm. The Bucs are hoping that’s true.

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81 Responses to “Haynesworth: I should have been in Tampa all along”
  1. tunescribe says: Nov 11, 2011 2:43 PM

    My head just exploded.

  2. war27 says: Nov 11, 2011 2:44 PM

    The Chili’s in Tamps does rock!

  3. trbowman says: Nov 11, 2011 2:44 PM

    He’ll be cut and out of the league by the end of the year.

  4. skinzfan21 says: Nov 11, 2011 2:44 PM

    Now here is a guy that gets it!!! Sorry if you can’t detect the sarcasm

  5. jalbs says: Nov 11, 2011 2:47 PM

    What a damn fraud. When he was traded to the Patriots he proclaimed that it would be the last place he will play. He isn’t motivated by football one iota…he just wanted his payday, Snyder paid it, and now he’s just the loafer he was born to be. He’s in the turd HOF.

  6. realitypolice says: Nov 11, 2011 2:48 PM

    How did the Bucs make a “serious effort” to sign Haynesworth when he was a free agent in 2009 when the Redskins signed him like 5 minutes after free agency opened?

    Are you saying the Bucs had illegal contact with potential free agents before the free agency period opened?

    That would put them in an elite club called “every single team in the NFL”.

  7. garyman1 says: Nov 11, 2011 2:48 PM

    Albert, Mike Shanahan and Bill Belichick agree with you that you should have been in Tampa all along.

  8. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 11, 2011 2:50 PM

    He should totally name that boat “Snyder’s Folly.”

  9. mavajo says: Nov 11, 2011 2:50 PM

    “I really felt like if I came here I’d mix my time in with football and boating”

    Boating, or bloating?

  10. avanderlay says: Nov 11, 2011 2:50 PM

    Hey, Albie, give us your number I know plenty of boat brokers who want to talk to you.

    This may be just what the Tampa economy needed.

  11. readysethike says: Nov 11, 2011 2:52 PM

    Has he ever suffered a concussion in his career? if so are these the after affects?

  12. rajbais says: Nov 11, 2011 2:52 PM

    How about in unemployment instead of Tampa???

  13. damnsureis says: Nov 11, 2011 2:53 PM

    “The old saying is that the third time’s a charm.”

    And he’s on his fourth team.

  14. edukator4 says: Nov 11, 2011 2:53 PM

    sometimes its just better to say nothing.

    he should memorize this quote:
    i’m here to play football.

    say that then walk away from mics

  15. dasboat says: Nov 11, 2011 2:53 PM

    If the Bucs had signed him before the 2009 season, he would have had the same problem. Jim Bates was the (disastrous) defensive coordinator who brought in the (disastrous) two-gap defensive scheme. Once Morris chucked that scheme and let Freeman start, things changed.

  16. thesportsguy52 says: Nov 11, 2011 2:53 PM

    He just likes playing the act of a Haynsworth, I mean a Walrus, and sprawling himself out on the beach doing nothing.

  17. sinclairsrevenge says: Nov 11, 2011 2:53 PM

    All of the occupy wall streeters need to start protesting the salaries of imbecile pro athletes.

  18. bw82b says: Nov 11, 2011 2:54 PM

    Is this guy for real?I might become addicted to my boat and blah blah…….he sounds like a 10 year old boy. Maybe he should become addicted to realizing all the potential he still has.

  19. yzguy431 says: Nov 11, 2011 2:54 PM

    this is a great read.

  20. gosuhgo says: Nov 11, 2011 2:56 PM

    Mark Sanchez somehow manages to deal with spending the night with teenagers and still leading the Jets. I think Al could’ve managed.

  21. slatetundra07 says: Nov 11, 2011 2:57 PM

    “I will be in _____ next month.”

  22. snarkzilla says: Nov 11, 2011 2:57 PM

    Tampa’s Hooters have been put on Defcon 2.

  23. toiletking says: Nov 11, 2011 2:57 PM

    He makes me want to give up eating.

  24. shaggytoodle says: Nov 11, 2011 2:58 PM

    He could have been they offered him a contract.

    Thats right, he figured out how to rob the Redskins without a gun, and not go to jail for it.

  25. cshearing says: Nov 11, 2011 2:58 PM

    Get the big fork, he’s done.

  26. revrondog says: Nov 11, 2011 3:01 PM

    The food down here in Tampa IS pretty tasty….

  27. alltee says: Nov 11, 2011 3:01 PM

    speaking on behalf of patriot nations

    WE AGREE!!!

    u should have been in tampa all along

    thanks for waisting our time, i have to say it was interesting to see how many time syou were lying on the ground at the end of a play.

  28. mrbigass says: Nov 11, 2011 3:03 PM

    If there was a HOF for asshats he would be the first inducted. CJ, TO, Ocho would soon follow.

  29. m2karateman says: Nov 11, 2011 3:04 PM

    So, he didn’t trust himself that during the season, when he’s supposed to be concentrating on HIS JOB as a football player, he’d instead be taking trips on his boat that he doesn’t deserve to have anyways.

    Good luck Tampa. You’ll Be Sorry…..

  30. deadmanwalking47 says: Nov 11, 2011 3:08 PM

    wish you would have went there instead of dc you fat*sshole!you won’t fit in anywhere until you do what the coaches tell you to do!

  31. expatpatfan says: Nov 11, 2011 3:09 PM

    Is Tampa a new slang word for treadmill? If so, I totally agree.

  32. mavajo says: Nov 11, 2011 3:11 PM

    The pathetic thing is, if this guy actually gave a crap, he could be the most dominant defensive player in football. What a jackwad. Hardly anyone is even going to remember his name in 10 years.

  33. Nevis says: Nov 11, 2011 3:12 PM

    Well at least he’s being up front about his lazy antics ahead of being cut this time.

  34. speckers says: Nov 11, 2011 3:14 PM

    You’re right Albert….a lot of people go to Tampa to retire.

  35. snowpea84 says: Nov 11, 2011 3:15 PM

    It must be nice to have so much talent that people keep taking chances on you because there is always that slight glimmer of hope.

  36. jscar28 says: Nov 11, 2011 3:22 PM

    First thing he is talking about is buying a boat..Nuff said.

  37. 4512dawg4512 says: Nov 11, 2011 3:24 PM

    What, is there a 24 hour pizza buffet there or something?

  38. ninerdynasty says: Nov 11, 2011 3:26 PM

    there is 100 million reasons why he didnt signed with Tampa in the first place.

  39. 2sloweggroll says: Nov 11, 2011 3:26 PM

    Am i crazy when I say this guy is like the defensive version of T.O.

  40. txndave says: Nov 11, 2011 3:31 PM

    I remember when he was with Tennessee before he was making the big bucks, and the dude was an absolute terror. What a waste of space on a roster.

  41. jessethegreat says: Nov 11, 2011 3:34 PM

    He was probably just afraid of getting shot by Talib and didn’t want to sound like a coward.

  42. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 11, 2011 3:38 PM

    Thumbs up for this being the funniest thread of comments this week. Some of you guys are killing me.

  43. johnnyb216 says: Nov 11, 2011 3:38 PM

    Haven’t we all heard this before? How many teams is this guy going to be allowed to screw over? What a phony.

  44. thridandlong says: Nov 11, 2011 3:43 PM

    The Titans, Redskins, and Patriots all wholeheartedly agree….thank you Albert fr NEVER coming to Chicago. Tampa can have you !

  45. jmsincla says: Nov 11, 2011 3:44 PM

    Good call on his part. If he had gone to Tampa originally he may have ruined his already shaky reputation and turned himself into one of the NFL’s most hated players….oh wait..

  46. therealsmiley says: Nov 11, 2011 3:46 PM

    Did he just admit he is lazy? Finally. Hail!

  47. catman72 says: Nov 11, 2011 3:47 PM

    LOL… good luck with that Tampa.

    He couldn’t get motivated to play for the Pats, but he’ll be motivated to play for you, right?

  48. mgscott says: Nov 11, 2011 3:58 PM

    Plus he can retire in Tampa

  49. jcspiggle says: Nov 11, 2011 4:00 PM

    The Glazer’s are going to need a bigger boat…

  50. mark0226 says: Nov 11, 2011 4:01 PM

    The Patriots use the 4-3system, so why didn’t he succeed there?

  51. bubbyfister says: Nov 11, 2011 4:05 PM

    “It was too pretty, too much water, too much sun here, and I’d just bought a big nice boat, a good fast boat, and I really felt like if I came here I’d mix my time in with football and boating,” Haynesworth said.

    Oh yeah, that sounds like a man who’s now fully focused on football.

  52. 707Raiders707 says: Nov 11, 2011 4:07 PM

    alltee says:Nov 11, 2011 3:01 PM

    speaking on behalf of patriot nations

    WE AGREE!!!
    ——————————————–
    Their is NO patriot nation… just SPYGATE

  53. 2sausage11 says: Nov 11, 2011 4:07 PM

    2sloweggroll says:
    Nov 11, 2011 3:26 PM
    Am i crazy when I say this guy is like the defensive version of T.O.

    the difference is T.O. played every down and did his JOB

  54. j0esixpack says: Nov 11, 2011 4:17 PM

    I hope Haynesworth is worth the tampering charges Tampa is probably looking at.

    It almost seems as if Haynesworth laid down to force a trade and as luck would have it, he went to the one place he really really wanted to be

    That’s a heckuva coincidence

  55. rca26 says: Nov 11, 2011 4:25 PM

    To be fair, Tampa’s a pretty boss place to live.

    Boat with me Albert.

  56. NoWearMan says: Nov 11, 2011 4:41 PM

    “The old saying is that the third time’s a charm. The Bucs are hoping that’s true.”

    Could the author of this piece explain to us why they Bucs are hoping this is true?

    I mean…considering that this is his FOURTH team….

  57. mistrezzrachael says: Nov 11, 2011 4:54 PM

    Not to mention….THE Mons Venus…right next to Tampa stadium.

    Albert gets much bigger [ his body]..and he’ll be able to handle 2 lapdances @ once.

  58. beedubyatoo says: Nov 11, 2011 4:56 PM

    Should’ve been in Tampa all along??

    That’s what the fans in Tennessee, Washington and New England ae saying.

  59. jetropolitans says: Nov 11, 2011 5:11 PM

    “I should have trusted myself and known, but I was really kind of scared of that.”

    Great. How can you trust a man who doesn’t even trust himself…

    “You can’t protect me…You can’t even protect yourselves!”

  60. pir8life says: Nov 11, 2011 5:11 PM

    mark0226 says:
    Nov 11, 2011 4:01 PM
    The Patriots use the 4-3system, so why didn’t he succeed there?

    ————————————-

    Pats have a 2 gap system, Bucs are a 1 gap.

    I guess we’ll see how he does..

  61. vuudu says: Nov 11, 2011 5:13 PM

    He said the same thing last August. Said he should have come to the Pats two years ago.
    He talks alright but when it comes to walking, he does not.

  62. marshmont says: Nov 11, 2011 5:19 PM

    he is so big and strong. you gotta love this big warrior. what a man. i hope my kids grow up like him. wish i was a bucs fan, you lucky devils…….

  63. melikefootball says: Nov 11, 2011 5:21 PM

    Don’t we have to question owners to let these type players continue to take up space. Don’t you also have to question us as fans to continue to listen to these type players excuses.

  64. realitypolice says: Nov 11, 2011 5:26 PM

    alltee says:
    Nov 11, 2011 3:01 PM
    speaking on behalf of patriot nations

    WE AGREE!!!

    u should have been in tampa all along

    thanks for waisting our time, i have to say it was interesting to see how many time syou were lying on the ground at the end of a play.
    ===========================

    Dude, please tell me you were drunk when you typed this.

    Or at least blindfolded.

    I love how every team that wins a couple of Super Bowls gets their own “nation”.

    We should band all of these together and call them “Bandwagon Nation”.

  65. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Nov 11, 2011 5:28 PM

    great, now the guy wants to play once he’s in the nfc south. i just hope he changes his mind

  66. granadafan says: Nov 11, 2011 5:32 PM

    Ship captain after seeing Albert, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”.

  67. faccda01 says: Nov 11, 2011 5:34 PM

    When will Big Al just go away? He is an embarassment to the NFL.

  68. weepingjebus says: Nov 11, 2011 5:51 PM

    People are going hungry, and this guy gets millions to fall down in public and not get up.

  69. rayguyreturns says: Nov 11, 2011 6:20 PM

    Haynes-worthless

  70. blackbug99 says: Nov 11, 2011 6:23 PM

    faccda01 says, “When will Big Al just go away? He is an embarassment to the NFL.”
    —————————————————
    He is a disgrace indeed!! And what a role model he is to future McDonald’s workers. BTW, I apologize to McD workers who may have taken offense…I’ve never seen one of them quit on a burger, or be less than diligent or be too out of shape to do the job!!

    P.T. Barnum has been credited w/the saying, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Whether he said it, or not, is a moot point. Haynesworth has shown that it still rings true in the NFL!!!

    He won’t quit until we run out of suckers!!!

  71. murraysons says: Nov 11, 2011 6:25 PM

    Makes sense. Tampa has better beaches and better clubs than Foxboro. Also plenty of slow-moving seniors to paralyze with his car.

  72. pacificajim says: Nov 11, 2011 6:39 PM

    I have every confidence that he will indeed “wreck havoc” — in the locker room, in buffet lines and with numerous waitresses in the greater Tampa area.

  73. sportsrube90 says: Nov 11, 2011 6:44 PM

    Well if we were not all sure about how much off an idiot he was before, he helped everyone out by speaking with this.

  74. backindasaddle says: Nov 11, 2011 7:00 PM

    He’s a disgrace.

  75. bedmanokc says: Nov 11, 2011 7:02 PM

    This guy is about as stable as my last relationship.

  76. snarkzilla says: Nov 11, 2011 7:10 PM

    His only regret now is that week 11 the Bucs plane will be landing at Austin Straubel International Airport too late for the all you can eat fish frys.

  77. mwcarolina says: Nov 11, 2011 7:18 PM

    Can someone tell this fat, lazy, pathetic moron to shut up. he needs to STOP playing “the victim” it’s all the fault of the guy he’s looking at in the mirror. he chose to sign with Washington, he chose to get paid and quit playing hard.

  78. 8man says: Nov 11, 2011 7:22 PM

    That headline is like blood in the water to the sharks at PFT Planet.

    Unbelievable. It’s like he doesn’t even know his own history.

  79. richm2256 says: Nov 11, 2011 11:34 PM

    We watched Bill Belichick treat this guy like a man, gave him every possible opportunity, treated him like a pro………..

    and this is what this jacka$$ comes up with for sucking here?

    He came to a team that wanted him, accomodated him, was a good fit scheme-wise, he had talent all around him, a solid contending team. He had it made here, he could have made a huge difference, easily resurrected his career.

    Instead, he flat-out laid down just like he did in the toxic environment in DC.

    Albert Haynesworth is a complete joke. Anyone who thinks this fool is going to do a damn thing in Tampa is a total moron.

  80. staffordsyear says: Nov 12, 2011 6:10 AM

    How does this guy continue to get work!?

  81. dd393 says: Nov 12, 2011 9:32 AM

    Haynesworth should have been in prison the whole time.

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