You think Mariucci knew something was up?
Today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers "de-activated" wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, the #1 overall pick in 1996, for the remainder of the season in anticipation of removing him from the roster at the end of the season.
The Buccaneers did not, however, release Johnson, a move that would have made him available to all 31 NFL teams, most of which would have attempted to claim him.
Detroit did not immediately activate David Kircus to their open roster spot yesterday instead waiting to see what transpired on today's waiver wire.
Speculation is that Johnson had become more disruptive than normal amid Tampa Bay's current 4-6 record that has dropped them out of playoff contention in a weak NFC conference.
Sources have also told theInsiders.com network that head coach Jon Gruden believed that Johnson's attitude had become a detriment to the team's performance.
Earlier in the week Gruden said he was done making excuses for the Bucs performance.
"I think everyone's looking for a reason. Everyone's looking for complacency, motivation, hunger. Do we have the same mind-set we had last year? ... We won a lot of games last year in dramatic fashion. Some not so pretty, some blatantly ugly, they were called. And we've lost those kind of games this year."