Bucs Notebook 2/23

February 23 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive assistant coach Jay Gruden broke his ankle Friday night quarterbacking the 4-0 Orlando Predators to a big win over the Carolina Cobras in Arena Football. ALSO: A look at the Buccaneers' draft picks in 2003 and 2004.

GRUDEN BREAKS ANKLE: Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive assistant coach Jay Gruden, brother of head coach Jon Gruden, broke an ankle on the first play of the second half of the Orlando-Carolina Arena Football game on Friday night. Gruden, a legendary Arena Football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Storm in the early 1990s and for the Orlando Predators in recent years, helped lead his team to 70-42 win over the winless Cobras. The Predators improved their record to 4-0.

Gruden was replaced by Connell Maynor, who threw a touchdown pass and also ran for two scores in the third quarter. It is uncertain if Gruden will be able to finish the 2003 Arena Football season.

BUCS ARMED WITH PICKS 2-6: The Buccaneers will have the final picks in rounds 2-6 in the 2003 NFL Draft. Tampa Bay will once again surrender its first-round draft pick to Oakland as compensation for head coach Jon Gruden. The Bucs have also traded their 2003 seventh-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for right tackle Cornell Green.

In 2004, the Bucs will finally be able to keep their first-round pick, but will have to give up their second-rounder to Oakland as the final draft pick compensation for Gruden. The Bucs will also pick up Indianapolis' seventh-round pick due to the trade for strong safety David Gibson in the fall of 2002.

EXTRA DRAFT PICKS COMING? Tampa Bay is hoping for a couple of compensatory draft picks, especially a third- or fourth-rounder for running back Warrick Dunn, who departed for Atlanta in free agency. The NFL will dole out compensatory picks, which are awarded for teams who have suffered losses of their own players in free agency. The highest compensatory picks are at the end of the third round. Compensatory draft picks may not be traded.


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