Albert Haynesworth Released By Patriots, Claimed By Buccaneers Three Months After Trade From Redskins

It took just three months for the New England Patriots to learn what the Redskins learned the hard way. The Patriots have released Haynesworth, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed him.

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Albert Haynesworth Claimed By Tampa Bay Buccaneers On Waivers, According To Report

It took less than 24 hours for former Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to find a new team after he was released by the New England Patriots. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed Haynesworth off waivers, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Buccaneers have probably zeroed in on Haynesworth due to the season-ending injury to starting defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The Patriots will be on the hook for the rest of his salary, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.

Haynesworth was signed by the Washington Redskins in 2009, ironically spurning the Buccaneers at the time. He put in two years of disgruntled play before being dealt to the Patriots over the summer for a fifth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Patriots released Haynesworth after he was ineffective for them, gave poor effort and got into an argument with his position coach on the sidelines.

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Albert Haynesworth Released By New England Patriots, According To Report

Three months ago, the Washington Redskins traded disgruntled defensive tackle to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round in 2012. Now, the experiment has apparently failed in New England. The Patriots will be releasing Haynesworth, according to Ian R. Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

Rapoport is also reporting that the release comes two days after Haynesworth was involved in a sideline confrontation with defensive line coach Pepper Johnson. Evidently, the Patriots learned the same things the Redskins did last year and have decided to cut bait.

Haynesworth made just three tackles for the Patriots this season in a part-time role and did not play in every game. It will be interesting to see if he ends up going back to the Philadelphia Eagles. One reported reason the Redskins traded him to New England was to keep him out of the NFC East.

For more on Haynesworth's release, visit Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston.

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Albert Haynesworth Trade: Haynesworth Made $36 Million In Two Years With Washington

Now-departed defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, known for the exorbitant $100 million contract he signed with the Washington Redskins, is now a relatively cheap, risk-free acquisition for his new team, the New England Patriots. Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post penned a fascinating article on the ramifications of Haynesworth's contract and departure, and it shows just how staggering of a debacle it was for the Redskins franchise.

Apparently, after last season's $21 million roster bonus, the Redskins have now paid Haynesworth close to $36 million for two years of injury, malcontent locker room behavior and lackluster on-field performance. The Patriots, on the other hand, owe Haynesworth a comparatively reasonable $5.4 million this year and $6.7 million next year, although neither years are guaranteed. In short, they get a decent-priced, talented veteran in a contract-year situation with no risk for the future.

There is, on some level, silver lining in that the 'Skins apparently prepared for this inevitable outcome with how they structured Haynesworth's deal. Here's how Brandt breaks it down:

"Haynesworth's $21 million bonus last April that was restructured in the manner described above to have the entire amount count in 2010 with no accounting in future years. Thus, for Cap accounting, there is no remaining Cap hit on that money in future years and it allows the Redskins to trade Haynesworth without Cap consequences."

So... we got that going for us.

For more on NFL free agency, visit our StoryStream listing key 2011 NFL free agents the Redskins could target. For all your NFL free agency rumors,visit that StoryStream. Also, be sure to check out SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven.

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Albert Haynesworth Trade To Patriots Not Complete, Says Bill Belichick

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave a scheduled media address at the Patriots' practice facility, and in typical Belichick fashion, he declined to say that the Albert Haynesworth trade has been completed. Haynesworth has been dealt from the Patriots to the Redskins for a 2013 fifth-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but Belichick would only say that the Patriots are "in the process" of trading for him.

"We're in the prcoess of acquiring haynesworth, but that's not complete yet," Belichick said in a press conference streamed live. "We'll talk about it when it's finished, if it's finished. Not there yet."

To a certain extend, this is just Belichick being Belichick. But it's true that there are also things to work out. It should not mean that the trade is in jeopardy; only that the teams would like to control the message.

For more on NFL free agency, visit our StoryStream listing key 2011 NFL free agents the Redskins could target. For all your NFL free agency rumors,visit that StoryStream. Also, be sure to check out SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven.

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Albert Haynesworth Trade To Patriots Gives Mike Shanahan A Second Chance

The Albert Haynesworth trade bought Mike Shanahan a little credibility, because it shows he's willing to move on from his own mistake. Now, he needs to capitalize on that and not pick any more fights.

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Albert Haynesworth Trade: How He Will Fit On The Patriots Defensive Line

Last Summer, Albert Haynesworth spent about four months complaining about the new 3-4 defense that the Washington Redskins intended to run. He held out of offseason activities, and once he did report, he didn't make nearly the impact that his contract would lead you to believe. Probably why they traded him.

So now Albert Haynesworth is the property of the New England Patriots, and we have to wonder how he fits into their defensive scheme. The Patriots famously run a 3-4 defense, which would seem to be a pretty bad match for Haynesworth. But our New England Patriots blog Pats Pulpit reports that they only run that defense about 40% of the time, and that gives Haynesworth ample opportunity to make an impact in different sets.

The Patriots played in their sub-defense 57% of the time last year, according to Pats Propaganda. That means that Haynesworth adds value on at LEAST 50% of the snaps, never mind the potential impact a happy Haynesworth can have on the 3-4 side of the defense.

Let's keep in mind that Haynesworth might actually fit better in the Patriots 3-4 set if they choose to play him there, because he will be asked to play the defensive end spot next to Vince Wilfork, not nose tackle.

The other question is how Albert Haynesworth will fit in the Patriots locker room. He famously butted heads with Mike Shanahan, and Pats coach Bill Belichick is just as much of an enforcer, if not more. But the Patriots always seem to do just fine with these kinds of personalities, so we'll just have to wait and see how it unfolds. But he is their problem now.

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Albert Haynesworth Trade To Patriots Occurs After Reports Of Potential Player Unrest

The reported Albert Haynesworth trade to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick in 2013 may have seemed sudden to some people, but the timing was anything but random. With Washington Redskins training camp scheduled to begin on Thursday, Haynesworth was planning on showing up. This had upset many of Washington's veterans, according to several reports.

Most notably, Jason Reid of the Washington Post reported that players were going to grow tired of answering more Haynesworth questions.

Talked to several Skins veterans about Haynesworth situation. Will not play well in locker room if long-running circus continues.

Similar sentiments were expressed elsewhere, including by Brian Orakpo publicly on Tuesday. The bottom line is that Haynesworth simply had to be moved to prevent the circus atmosphere of training camp last season. As it turned out, he was going to be much more of a distraction than one could have imagined.

For more on NFL free agency, visit our StoryStream listing key 2011 NFL free agents the Redskins could target. For all your NFL free agency rumors,visit that StoryStream. Also, be sure to check out SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven.

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Albert Haynesworth Traded To Patriots For Fifth-Round Pick, According To Report

The Washington Redskins have officially moved on from the Albert Haynesworth saga. The team has traded the disgruntled defensive tackle to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This occurs just hours before he was scheduled to show up at Redskins training camp.

Haynesworth will now be Bill Belichick's problem, and not the Redskins'. Rather than risk the remaining players' patience, the Redskins found a trading partner, even if the return was less than substantial. Mike Shanahan had insisted on receiving more value than a future fifth-round pick, but in the end, the Redskins settled for just that.

Haynesworth's departure means the Redskins will now have an additional $5.4 million in cap space that can be used to sign some of the big-name free agents out there.

For more on NFL free agency, visit our StoryStream listing key 2011 NFL free agents the Redskins could target. For all your NFL free agency rumors,visit that StoryStream. Also, be sure to check out SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven.

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