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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