Bucs Release Jeff Faine, Sadness Ensues
March 15, 2012 at 12:34pm by Scott • 4 Comments »
I was going to combine this entry with the next one because they both have to do with roster changes, but this player has been such an upstanding Buccaneer that I thought he deserved his own moment. As we suspected, the Bucs have cut Jeff Faine and his nearly $8-million cap number. With the addition of Carl Nicks the Bucs don’t need Jeremy Zuttah at left guard, so he’ll play center. And an $8-million backup isn’t happening. And as with his career with the Bucs, Faine was all class after being fired.
“I’d like to thank the Buccaneers for giving me the chance to play for my hometown team four years ago,” said Faine, a native or Orlando. “The move is bittersweet, but I leave in great health, excited and energized for my next opportunity. Although our record wasn’t what any of us wanted it to be, I’ll look back at my time in Tampa with fond memories and thankful for the many friendships made, especially on the offensive line…I look forward to seeing Josh Freeman and some of the other young talent become bright stars in this league.”
Go back and re-read this story and this story on just two of the many charitable things Faine has done over the years. The fact that he hasn’t been given a Walter Payton Man of the Year award is ludicrous. From a football standpoint I think this is the smart move, but I hate seeing a man of such high quality leave the team. Good luck to Faine wherever he lands.