Sunday, Sept. 2
The Bucs surprised me
Given their recent history with injured players, the Bucs seem to give the impression of impatience. Moves like Shelton Quarles and Simeon Rice say to me, ‘Well, you can't help us, so we can't help you."
That's why I expected the Bucs to release Chris Simms yesterday, though if it had been my decision I would have found a way to keep him. Seems the Bucs agreed with me and kept him.
I applaud the move, but I wonder how long he'll stay in Tampa. There are obvious rumors of a trade, and in the ebb and flow of a football season players get hurt and team needs become more pronounced. If the Bucs have a rash of injuries like last year, how long can they keep Simms and justify that against the needs of the team? It will be an interesting first few weeks.
I developed a list of possible free agents the Bucs could take a look at in the next few says, and former Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich tops the list. You can read the premium piece by linking here.
I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bucs bring Leftwich in for a workout. He's healthy, has a big arm and has five years as a starter under his belt. He would be an asset, experience-wise, considering that Luke McCown and Bruce Gradkowski have little experience.
Now, if the Bucs got past the looking stage and actually talked contract with Leftwich, one wonders who the Bucs would cut to make room.
Now THAT would be an interesting decision.
Bucs stories around the Web
Of course, thanks to my break, there are plenty of Bucs stories out there to catch up on.
I'll point you toward our own coverage of cut day first. At Bucsblitz.com we attacked the issue from every angle. Along with the free agency issues, we had articles on:
Off-site, at the Tampa Tribune, columnist Martin Fennelly explores the Simms decision, saying that by keeping Simms the Glazers have put their faith in the fifth-year quarterback — and not head coach Jon Gruden — for the future. And the Tribune took a look in their crystal ball in their football section to see what the Bucs would look like — in 2009.
At the St. Pete Times, Rick Stroud writes that if Simms had been released, it's likely he would already be an Atlanta Falcons backup, or even starter. Stroud also wrote that several league exec believe the Bucs will eventually part ways with the QB.
Both Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen were unavailable for comment after the roster cuts. So we'll hear from them today, along with Chris Simms. Plus there will be practice squad signings today. MP