Bucs roll the dice with Albert Haynesworth

One man’s trash is another man’s, well, we’ll see.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will find out for themselves what Albert Haynesworth is. Desperate for help on the interior of their defensive line, the Bucs placed a waiver claim for Haynesworth today and got him. He comes in to help fill a void created when Gerald McCoy was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

The Bucs signed John McCargo, the former Buffalo Bills’ first-round bust, on Tuesday. McCargo has been cut loose to make room for Haynesworth. According to Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times, Bucs general manager Mark Dominik watched every snap Haynesworth played with the New England Patriots this season. Twice. And Dominik made the determination Haynesworth can help his defense, or at least he’s willing to see if he can.

Remember, the Bucs were a major player for Haynesworth in free agency when the Washington Redskins signed him to a lavish $100 million contract in 2009. Of course, Haynesworth didn’t see half that money from the Redskins, and now he’s with a new team. We’ll see what he can do.

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