By: Derek Havens
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, who was released by the New England Patriots Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday’s transaction was first reported via Twitter by Ian Rapport of the Boston Herald and the deadline began. If Haynesworth had not been claimed by any NFL team, the Patriots would have to pay the remaining $705,881 in his contract for this season.
His prorated salary is a fraction of his initial seven-year, 100 million dollar contract he signed with the Washington Redskins. He is scheduled to make $6.7 million in base salary next season, will receive a $400,000 roster bonus on August 1 and a $100,000 bonus if he takes part in an unspecified number of offseason workouts.
Haynesworth really never got off to a great start in New England and struggled to get into shape throughout his short tenure. A back injury limited his practice and playing time, and was most likely a factor in his release. For now, he will try another fresh start with the Buccaneers.
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