Thursday, Sept. 13
More Simms rumors
Now he's the most sought after fourth-string quarterback on the planet.
Eli Manning's bruised shoulder has prompted rumors that the New York Giants are interested in trading for Chris Simms of the Bucs, who has done little more than throw passes after practice the past two weeks as he continues to work his way into shape.
Fox's Adam Schein first reported that the Giants made overtures to the Buccaneers.
Naturally, there's some synergy here. Simms is the son of Phil Simms, who led the Giants to their first Super Bowl championship. So a trade to New York would be a homecoming of sorts for the younger Simms. Plus, he's likely a better option than Manning's current backup, Jared Lorenzen, who is built like a Mack truck.
Manning, according to reports, is actually working out with the Giants right now, so the reports that he could be out 3-4 weeks are probably erroneous. But if you're the Giants, don't you want some extra insurance in case Manning's health issues drag out?
If the Giants are scared enough, this could be the Bucs' chance to cash in on Simms' value, because I think the organization — and when I say organization I mean Jon Gruden — wants no more to do with Simms. I think Gruden tired of the drama surrounding Simms this summer and has no more use for him as a quarterback.
But I think this may all come down to the Glazer family, whom it is believed thinks Simms is the quarterback of the future in Tampa Bay. They may overrule any possible trade of Simms for that reason.
For now, all we can do is wait and see. But I think when the trade deadline comes and goes next month, Simms will still be a Buc.
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And the folks at the Alexandria (La.) Town Talk are talking about quarterback Drew Brees. The vet hopes his groaner of a performance against Indianapolis was an isolated incident as well.