Haynesworth: 'I just wanted to play more'

Albert Haynesworth didn't want to play for the Washington Redskins but complained he didn't play enough with the New England Patriots.

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The mercurial defensive tackle was cut by the Patriots this week. New England head coach Bill Belichick said "it didn't work out" and wanted to move on when describing the abrupt release.

But Haynesworth, in his first comments since joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, provided more insight. Haynesworth told the St. Petersburg Times Thursday that he didn't get enough playing time as a rotational player with the Patriots.

"I just want to prove myself," Haynesworth said. "[New England] was a great place. Coach Belichick is a great guy... But I just wanted to play more."

Haynesworth also said he should have signed with Tampa three years ago, when he picked the Redskins after they offered $100 million. Notorious for his questionable work ethic, Haynesworth was never the same player after that contract.

The Patriots acquired Haynesworth in a trade to be a complementary player this season. But Haynesworth's comments suggests he thinks he's still a star. He will get the chance to prove it in Tampa, where the team is thin at defensive tackle after losing starter Gerald McCoy to a bicep injury.