Say what? Haynesworth claims he can be mentor for Bucs

Albert Haynesworth believes he’s found the right place after a long, circuitous journey.

The defensive tackle believes he was destined to land with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This is where I should have been like three years ago, but all good things come to somebody that waits," Haynesworth , according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

Haynesworth, who was claimed off waivers from the New England Patriots, went through his first practice with the Bucs on Thursday. It remains to be seen if he will play Sunday against the Houston Texans.

The Bucs made a play for Haynesworth in free agency in 2009 when he landed with the Washington Redskins, a team that wasted $36 million on him for two non-productive seasons.

Haynesworth says being back in a 4-3 scheme where he can do his thing is the biggest benefit.

"It feels, great (to be playing my old position again),” he said. “To be able to just get off the ball and wreak havoc, that's awesome. Everybody can say you're in a 4-3 defense, but just because you're in a 4-3 defense doesn't mean (it fits what you do), and I had to learn that the hard way.

"I think I can be pretty effective. I'm an older guy and they brought me here to play hard and teach some of the younger guys how to play. So I can be somewhat of a mentor and show them how that the grass ain't always greener on the other side."

Haynesworth as a mentor? That will be something to watch.

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