Usually whenever some high-profile head case like Albert Haynesworth hits the open market the immediate reaction from the bored media is that said nut job’s next stop will be Oakland. Today the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the multi-million dollar mistake. Haynesworth was once An All-Pro defensive tackle valued at $100-million. Now he is back in the bread line.
Safe to say there is no chance he’ll become a Raider. Not with the new sheriff named Reggie McKenzie in town.
Once upon a time Al Davis might have rolled the dice on a high risk stock like Fat Albert. But even in his final days Davis steered clear of the T.O. circus.
Last season Bill Belichick and all his football genius traded for Haynesworth only to realize all that talk was true. Since Albert got his payday three years ago he’s been on cruise control. That is actually an insult to those that use cruise control as that actually takes some effort.
McKenzie’s mission is to weed out players that are only in town to collect checks. Hence the abrupt release of Stanford Routt which likely was only a precursor for the housecleaning that is already underway.
So, I’m afraid all of the talking heads over at ESPN will have to find another way to fill their weekly five seconds of Oakland Raider discussion because this is one plane that won’t fly. Prior to his passing Mr. Davis had all but said he was out of the knucklehead market. While McKenzie is seeking to reshape plenty of the past misgiving that is one policy he’ll keep going.