FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 01: Albert Haynesworth #92 of the New England Patriots and Stacy Andrews #78 of the New York Giants battle for position in the first half on September 1, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Albert Haynesworth Claimed By Buccaneers After Release From Patriots

Albert Haynesworth was claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday afternoon after he was released by the Patriots on Tuesday. Haynesworth was in a verbal altercation with coach Pepper Johnson during Sunday's loss to Giants.

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Albert Haynesworth Praises New England Patriots, His Own Work Ethic After Release

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Albert Haynesworth after his release from the New England Patriots, they knew exactly what they were getting:

A defensive force who just wants to prove himself. A leader who loves to play football. A role model who gives his all on every snap. Someone who may get outplayed, but will never be outworked.

Just ask Haynesworth.

"To me, any time you're on the football field you've got another guy trying to knock your head off. You're not going to play? That's just not me," he said. "Why I'm so aggressive is that I never want my kids to see their dad lose. I'm not talking about a game, just doing things that can embarrass you. That's why I always play hard because I'm my kids role model and I just want to fight and to show them to always keep fighting no matter what it is."    

I bet Haynesworth also believes Shaq's the world's greatest free throw shooter, Tarvaris Jackson is the NFL's best quarterback, and the Penn State football program has done nothing wrong.

Haynesworth did say a few more rational comments, praising the Patriots organization just two days after his release.

"I felt like I could still play," he said while describing his Patriots experience. "I just wanted to prove myself. There, it was a great place. Coach [Bill] Belichick is a great guy and it's a great system, but I just wanted to play more. I wanted to practice more, get more reps and the more plays I got the better I would get. I just wasn't getting a lot of reps, so they made the decision and let me go." 

Man, that Albert Haynesworth. He sometimes fails, but his work ethic couldn't possibly be at fault.

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Albert Haynesworth Claimed By Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday

Add the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the list of teams willing to take a chance on Albert Haynesworth's vast potential. According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bucs claimed the defensive tackle Wednesday, just one day after he was released by the New England Patriots.

The Patriots had acquired Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins prior to the 2011 season in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2013. Haynesworth, 30, played in six games for the Patriots and recording three tackles without a sack. Although Haynesworth had a pair of monster Pro Bowl seasons for the Tennessee Titans in 2007 and 2008, he has yet to match those campaigns in the three years since. His release from the Patriots came shortly after reportedly getting into a shouting match with defensive line coach Pepper Johnson during the Patriots' loss to the New York Giants on Sunday.

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Was Albert Really (Haynes)worth It? Gamble Wasn't A Bad Decision

Albert Haynesworth didn't pan out in New England, that much we know (and have known for most of the season). But was it a mistake to trade a fifth round pick for Haynesworth? Absolutely not.

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Patriots Release Albert Haynesworth, A Look At His Time In New England

Albert Haynesworth was employed by the Patriots for less than four months. Upon the news of his release, we at SB Nation take a look back at his time here and what it says about the state of the team.

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Albert Haynesworth Reportedly Released By New England Patriots

The New England Patriots have released Albert Haynesworth. The defensive lineman had been involved in an altercation with defensive line coach Pepper Johnson on Sunday.

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