Bucs coach Raheem Morris has talked all year about building a “Youngry” defense full of young and hungry players.
At least Albert Haynesworth has half of that equation down.
The Bucs surprisingly claimed Haynesworth off waivers Wednesday, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. They will take the rest of his contract he signed with New England.
Tampa just lost Gerald McCoy for the season, but this is still a surprising move. (Even if Alper called it yesterday.) Haynesworth has been ordinary on the field this year, and it sounds like he wasn’t giving much effort in New England.
The Bucs tried to sign Haynesworth two years ago, but the Redskins outbid them. While he’s cheaper now, Haynesworth just doesn’t sound like a player that Morris would want to take on.
The risk doesn’t seem worth the potential reward for developing team like Tampa that is unlikely to make the playoffs with or without Haynesworth.