Haynesworth: I should have been in Tampa all along

AP

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.

81 responses to “Haynesworth: I should have been in Tampa all along

  1. 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.

  2. 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”.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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…..

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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..

  15. “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.

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

    speaking on behalf of patriot nations

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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. “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….

  20. 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.

  21. “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!”

  22. 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..

  23. 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.

  24. 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…….

  25. 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.

  26. 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”.

  27. 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!!!

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

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