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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Buccaneers shore up DT position

By Pat Yasinskas

After losing defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to a season-ending injury, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they have re-signed John McCargo, who was with the team in the preseason.

A first-round pick by Buffalo in 2006, McCargo never really panned out. In five seasons, he played in 39 games with just one start and 2.5 sacks.

But he can add some depth behind defensive tackles Brian Price, Roy Miller and Frank Okam. There’s one other scenario that’s at least worth pondering at the moment.

That’s Albert Haynesworth. He was waived by the New England Patriots on Tuesday and will go on the waiver wire at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday. Teams will have until 4 p.m. ET Wednesday to claim Haynesworth.

It’s worth remembering that the Buccaneers tried to sign Haynesworth in 2009, soon after coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik came to power. Haynesworth later said that Tampa Bay’s offer was financially larger, but he elected to sign with the Washington Redskins, saying that there were too many distractions in Florida.

Would the Bucs put in a claim on Haynesworth now?

It’s possible, but I doubt it. Since 2010, Tampa Bay has been hesitant to bring in high-profile players. The Bucs constantly remind us that they’re building through the draft and punter Michael Koenen was their only free-agent pickup of any consequence this year.

Plus, Haynesworth comes with lots of baggage. The Bucs are pretty conscious of their public image these days. If you’re thinking there’s a big move on the horizon, I’m thinking you probably will be disappointed. McCargo might have been the big move.