TAMPA — The Bucs released DT Albert Haynesworth on Wednesday, creating even more salary cap space for a team swimming in it.
Haynesworth was scheduled to make $6.7 million in 2012 with a salary cap number of $7.2 million. Before his release, the Bucs had $60.496 million in cap space.
Haynesworth, 30, was claimed off waivers Nov. 9, three days after DT Gerald McCoy's season-ending biceps injury. He immediately stepped into the starting lineup, and in his first game, he made five tackles and blocked an extra point. But he was inconsistent. In three games, he had just one tackle. He finished with 25 over seven (starting all but the finale).
"I appreciate Albert playing for us after some key injuries this past season," GM Mark Dominik said in a statement the team released. "He was very professional, and we now wish him all the best as he moves forward."
Haynesworth spent time with three teams in 2011. He began with the Redskins, with whom he fell out of favor after underperforming on a $100 million contract and complaining about his role in their new 3-4 defense. The Patriots acquired him during the preseason, but he played sparingly and made three tackles over six games.
In 2008, his final season with a Titans team that drafted him 15th overall in 2002, he had 51 tackles and 8½ sacks and was the league's defensive player of the year.
"This year right here, you've probably seen me at my worst; I mean just as far as my play," Haynesworth said shortly after this past season ended. "I still did some good things, but I just think that next year I'll be … a lot better; back closer to my '08 form."
RAYE SIGNS ON: Though his role remains vague, Jimmy Raye was announced as the new senior offensive assistant.
Raye, 65, has had eight stints as an offensive coordinator, including with the Bucs under coach Leeman Bennett in 1985-86. His last coaching experience came in 2010 as the 49ers' offensive coordinator. He was fired three games into the season.
In Tampa, Raye will be mostly an adviser and sounding board for the coaching staff.
Said coach Greg Schiano: "With over 30 years of NFL experience, Coach Raye has attained a wealth of knowledge that will be an invaluable resource to our coaches and players."