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Mark Barron Can Sit Anywhere Now

July 26, 2012 at 05:48pm by Scott   •  10 Comments »

Nothing snarky this time. Good luck, Brian.
On the first day of training camp, the Bucs traded Brian Price to Chicago for a low-round 2013 pick. In case any players thought Greg Schiano wasn’t serious, they should take those doubts, shoot them in the face and bury them in the back yard.

My guess is that Price showed up to camp out of shape, but that seems like something that could be overcome. He certainly wouldn’t have been the first. It seems extra-harsh with all the tragedy Price has gone through, most recently (as in a few months ago) the loss of his sister which affected him so profoundly that he had to be hospitalized. But the team and Price may have come to an agreement that we don’t know about and there may not be any hard feelings. Whatever the reason is, that’s another second round pick gone. Da’Quan Bowers, hurt; Brian Price, traded; Kellen Winslow, traded; Dexter Jackson, waste of space; Arron Sears, tragically vegetative. The second round is the money round. That’s where some of the biggest bargains are, and the Bucs have whiffed on it for years. Jeremy Trueblood is arguably the most successful Buccaneer second-round pick of the millenium. Maybe I should be nicer to him.

The good news is that Amobi Okoye will come off the PUP list tomorrow, so he will be able to fill in right away assuming he takes Price’s spot. Price was playing nose for most of his career, and that seems like a mismatch for Okoye, but who knows what Schiano and his defensive staff have in mind. I like the idea of two fast and athletic first-rounders anchoring the middle of the line. Also, Adam Hayward will come of the PUP list tomorrow.

While they were at it, the Bucs released Dezmon Briscoe. The Bucs had a shitload of wide receivers, but Briscoe was one that I was pretty sure would stick. He was said to be somewhat sloppy in OTAs, but we all knew what he could do on gameday. The rub there is that Schiano doesn’t give a shit what you did on gameday in any other season; he wants to see what you’re bringing to the table today. Briscoe didn’t bring enough, and now he’s on the market. Remember when Mark Dominik overpaid him a practice squad salary just to get him on the team? Yeah, Schiano doesn’t care about that, either. Somewhere in a training camp dorm, Sammie Stroughter is thanking Jesus and rubbing a lucky charm bracelet.

10 Comments to “Mark Barron Can Sit Anywhere Now”


cubsandbucsfan (July 26, 2012 at 08:12pm:

Hard not to think that the Barron incident was significant in light of this move. It seems pretty drastic to move him so quickly, so cheaply. I feel like there is a lot more to the Brian Price saga that I am not aware of. And I am a UCLA guy from SoCal, so I have seen quite a bit of Price. Loved when the Bucs grabbed him. Now the whole things feels surreal.

Oh well, I will get over it. I still have D-Line depth concerns. Maybe Okam looked great? One can hope.


BaldBuc4055 (July 26, 2012 at 09:42pm:

Couldn’t agree with you more, there’s definitely got to be more to this move behind the scenes that we don’t know about. It’s hard to find productive DT’s, and when healthy, Price has shown flashes of being that guy. It’s Schiano’s way or the highway now.


bassoon75 (July 26, 2012 at 11:49pm:

I also don’t understand this move. Price has been and gone through so much already. In addition, he was a relatively high draft pick, which we basically got nothing back for. I understand that Schiano wants things done in a certain way, and has schemes that certain personal fit better than others. His injuries and personal problems may have just been too much. However, I would have liked to have seen the Bucs organization to help him. But if Sears didn’t get it, no player will.


mcLovin (July 27, 2012 at 12:20am:

Don’t forget Sabby, another 2nd rd bust


Louie (July 27, 2012 at 12:24am:

I wasn’t quite ready to label Price a bust, but the Bucs made it official today. I’m sure glad they went with some FAs this year because that “build through the draft” plan isn’t cutting it.


cubsandbucsfan (July 27, 2012 at 08:39am:

Is ‘bust’ the right word? I am not inclined to go there in light of the fact when he was healthy he played well and I am no sure that 2 years in is enough to justify ‘bust’ language.

I also dont know if that is why they traded him. Maybe he requested the trade for a change of scenery? Maybe he had a pavlovian reaction around his sister’s death and the mental hurdle was just too much.

I see where you may call him a bust, but I am not willing to go there in light of the stuff he couldnt control and the details that I dont know about.


Louie (July 27, 2012 at 11:18am:

According to Chicago Sun-Times, Bucs traded Price for a 7th round pick. From the Bucs standpoint, I don’t know what else you can call it but a bust.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Price, but damn, I’m getting really tired of all these draft picks not working out.


campyone (July 27, 2012 at 09:00pm:

Weird. I hope Schiano knows what he’s doing, he’s gotten rid of some pretty talented players. So Winslow, Price, Briscoe, et al weren’t pro bowl players and each had some issues but they weren’t dog food either and it’s not like we’re loaded with pro bowlers to replace them. I continue to have this feeling that Schiano thinks he’s still coaching college kids whose scholarships can be yanked when they don’t do things his way. Hopefully I’m wrong.


jerryeckwood (July 28, 2012 at 04:39pm:

How you even start the second round bust string discussion without giving props to Sabby I have no idea.


Scott (July 28, 2012 at 05:28pm:

Yeah, he slipped my mind when I was thinking about second-rounders. I was thinking about Arron Sears in the second that year and forgot Sabby was picked there, too. I really liked the pick when it was made. Sigh…

And you’re not the real Jerry Eckwood. You can’t trick me.

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