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Bucs Release Jeff Faine, Sadness Ensues

March 15, 2012 at 12:34pm by Scott   •  4 Comments »

And I don't hold it against you that you never responded to my interview requests.
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.

4 Comments to “Bucs Release Jeff Faine, Sadness Ensues”

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (March 15, 2012 at 02:35pm:

Good luck to Jeff Faine, the guy is a class act all the way. This was just one of those moves that’s all business, nothing personal.

Matt Price

Matt Price (March 15, 2012 at 05:03pm:

Well said.

kysteve9

kysteve9 (March 15, 2012 at 05:24pm:

I agree wholeheartedly. A class act all the way. It is a shame he had to be released. I know the injuries hurt him over the last couple of years and I hope whereever he lands he can stay healthy and be successful. Best wishes Mr. Faine and thanks for your efforts as a BUC.

manbearpig

manbearpig (March 15, 2012 at 07:58pm:

Good luck dude. I’m sure you’ll do well.

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