TAMPA, FL (The Spread) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Albert Haynesworth on Wednesday, and saved a bunch of money in the process.
General manager Mark Dominik announced the move Wednesday, saying he appreciated Haynesworth filling in for seven games and that he wishes the 350-pound tackle the best moving forward. The move saved the Bucs $7.2 million in 2012.
The veteran of 10 NFL seasons was claimed off waivers from the New England Patriots on Nov. 8. He started six games for Tampa Bay, finishing with 25 tackles.
Haynesworth developed into one of the league's top defensive linemen during seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans, but has underperformed since signing a seven-year, $100 million deal with the Redskins in 2009.
Haynesworth is running out of chances at age 30 (he’ll be 31 in June). He failed to make a positive impact in seven games with the Bucs last season and has been known to be a massive headache. It doesn’t help that he played a role on a defense that was an embarrassment down the stretch of the 2011 season.
The Buccaneers opened as 100/1 long shots to win the 2013 Super Bowl and that’s where their odds currently sit. They’re also 50/1 to win the 2012 NFC Championship Game after opening at that same number.