After playing just nine snaps, most of which resulted in him being pushed around, pancaked and disgraced, Albert Haynesworth was released Tuesday, according to the Boston Herald’s Ian Rapoport.
The former Defensive Player of the Year turned free agent bust has now failed to regain his 2008 form where he posted a career-high 8.5 sacks for a 13-3 Titans team.
Instead, he’s gobbled up more money and sacked more cheeseburgers than quarterbacks.
Despite a tumultuous two-year stint in Washington where he signed a contract with $41 million guaranteed, Big Al seemed motivated to “shake off the rust” and unleash the beast in New England.
Apparently the beast meant 132 snaps, three tackles and no sacks.
Much like Dan Snyder, the overzealous and deep-pocketed GM of the Redskins, Pats nation was fooled into thinking Haynesworth was in it for anything but the money.
Once he signed that fat contract, he got even fatter. He packed it in. He quit on two teams. He got paid.
During his short stint in New England, he barely practiced due to a back injury (maybe he should have been in better shape), barely saw the field and barely tried to play with effort.
Sunday’s performance against the Giants was the perfect example of the lure that the 6-foot-6, 350-pounder presents. He applied some early pressure, driving David Diehl into the backfield. Yet, on three consecutive snaps, he was completed manhandled by guards David Diehl and Chris Snee who barely check in north of 300 pounds.
That type of effort is inexcusable to the Patriots uniform and the Patriot Way. This defensive line is full of young players – Brandon Deadrick, Ron Brace, Jermaine Cunningham (where has he gone?) and Kyle Love. Not only is Haynesworth eating up their snaps, but he’s setting a terrible example of how to be a pro.
While Haynesworth certainly isn’t the biggest reason for the team’s two-game losing streak, he’s the biggest enigma in the game.
He may have well eaten himself out of the league.