December 17, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (95) during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Tampa Bay Buccaneers release Albert Haynesworth

This move should come as no surprise, given Albert Haynesworth’s reputation and penchant for collecting new jerseys. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers now have even more salary cap space that can be better allocated to others, after they released enigmatic defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

The former Tennessee Titans star did not cause as many problems as usual in Tampa, and he was actually serviceable in a limited number of snaps. While he wasn’t his usual self against the pass, he did get some pressure on the quarterback and was decent in that regard. He did nothing against the run, but he was a mediocre rotation guy. However, Haynesworth serves no purpose to the Bucs in the future, and the team has just saved themselves from a $7.2 million cap hit. How many decent rotation linemen are worth that much? I hope the overwhelming response is a simple, “nobody”.

“I appreciate Albert playing for us after some key injuries this past season,” general manager Mark Dominik said. “He was very professional and we now wish him all the best as he moves forward.”

Albert Haynesworth was a solid quick-fix for the Tampa Bay Bucs after top young talent Gerald McCoy went down with a season ending injury, but his time was up in Tampa with Roy Miller and the solid Brian Price in the fold. Price was responsible for nine tackles for loss and five quarterback hits last season, and he will form a nice tandem on the inside with McCoy next season.

This move wasn’t performance related, nor did it have anything to do with Haynesworth’s behavior, so don’t believe what the folks are saying on Twitter. The Bucs saved a significant amount of money by cutting Haynesworth, and they can now spend that money to fill one of the many needs on this roster, instead of continuing to pay a decent, but unnecessary player given the lack of need of a defensive tackle. Now, it’s time for Mark Dominik to make good on his words and sign offensive linemen, players to help out the back seven, and a receiver to help Josh Freeman out.

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