The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in an effort account for the loss of 2010 first-round pick Gerald McCoy, have acquired New England Patriots castoff defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, a player with a history of significant impact but one who has been much less effective of late.
Haynesworth, waived by the Patriots on Tuesday, was claimed off waivers by the Buccaneers.
Haynesworth was dogged by questions about his effort in Washington two years ago despite his $100 million contract and did little to deflect those questions during the past eight weeks in New England.
But Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik was encouraged by his first conversation with Haynesworth.
“I have had a chance to talk with him already and, as you would hope, he was excited and fired up and asked us how soon we could get him a flight,” Dominik said. “He wants to come in tonight to go to practice tomorrow. That’s what his words were. That was very encouraging.”
-- STEPHEN F. HOLDER, Times Staff Writer