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Now Who Will Wear The Baseball Cap?

April 05, 2013 at 01:28am by Scott   •  12 Comments »

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The Bucs released backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky today, leaving the team in about the same quarterback situation they were in yesterday. Orlovsky left the team’s headquarters and headed to his car, but walked a few steps outside the back of the parking lot, just for old time’s sake.

Orlovsky signed a two-year contract entering last season but the Bucs have been trying to upgrade their backup quarterback spot for several weeks. That included their efforts last week to acquire Carson Palmer, who liked the Tampa Bay as a destination but had serious doubts about his ability to beat out Freeman. Palmer ultimately was traded to the Cardinals for a seventh-round pick.

Palmer would have been a good addition and if the goal was to get competition for Josh Freeman, it would have been a decent fit. I don’t think Palmer could beat out Freeman, but he would have pushed him. Now the free agency quarterback class is really picked clean. You basically have Brady Quinn and Matt Leinart who are worth anything. Or if they just need a placeholder, Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich (again) are both available, but I don’t see either of them as an upgrade over Orlovsky. It would be really cool if I thought the Bucs had a plan in place before they cut Orlovsky. But the only other option besides the has-beens and failures I just listed would be someone like Jordan Palmer, who is awful, or spending a mid-round draft pick on a quarterback, who will definitely not push Freeman. Again, a Russell Wilson won’t happen every year. Especially not in this draft class. Or they could trade a draft pick for a backup veteran quarterback, which would be a terrible use of a draft pick. Can anyone help me understand this?

Oh, and the Bucs released D.J. Ware, probably because he didn’t go to Rutgers.

Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out

November 01, 2012 at 04:57pm by Scott   •  10 Comments »

At the 11th hour of the trade deadline, the Bucs traded Aqib Talib to New England. Talib was a troubled player who is one Adderall pill away from a year-long suspension, so even though we don’t know what the Patriots gave up to get him, I’m going to guess it was somewhere between a donkey and a seventh-round pick. Maybe two donkeys.

But seriously, good. The Bucs’ secondary is a weak spot right now (which is strange to say since the Bucs started with season with about 50 DBs) and Talib was having a pretty strong season up until his suspension. But Talib was a loose cannon in a couple different ways and character counts for something. If Greg Schiano was going to have any credibility that his “Buc way” included discipline accountability, he couldn’t have a guy like Talib around. I was surprised when he said they’d welcome Talib back after his suspension, and it turns out that wasn’t the case. This is the year to do it and start getting young players like Leonard Johnson a ton of reps so he can take over next year when expectations are higher. I think this is a great move.

(No time to add a banner pic just right now — I’ll do it later tonight.)

Parker Out, Underwood In

September 20, 2012 at 12:33pm by Scott   •  1 Comment »

They should make a special helmet just for him that doesn't crush the hair.
The Bucs just announced that they have re-signed Tiquan Underwood and released Preston Parker.

This is the way I thought it would shake out in week one. Underwood started camp and the preseason off hot but then his performance tapered off down the stretch. Parker did enough to convince Greg Schiano that he was the man to keep at the time, but it seems pretty evident that Underwood has more raw talent. And Parker fumbles. I thought he’d be gone after the muffed punt against the Dolphins in the preseason, but that was forgiven. He has touched the ball exactly once this season on an end-around against the Giants that went for seven yards. And that evidently wasn’t getting it done.

But more than anything, they now have some respectable hair on the team.

Because DTs Are So Easy To Come By

August 31, 2012 at 04:08pm by Scott   •  No Comments »

Frank Okam gets all the free water he can before he gets cut.
The Turk started his rounds today, cutting the first few players the Bucs need to get down to 53:

The Bucs also have cut defensive tackle Frank Okam, linebacker Rennie Curran as well as running back Mossis Madu and safety Larry Asante, as we told you last night.

Hey, I was a little busy last night. Don’t get nasty.

Curran and Madu aren’t surprises, and Asante could have gone either way. But I’m really surprised about Okam. He’s a good player and the Bucs need guys who can play defensive tackle. At this point I can only assume the defensive ends will be locking arms in a Red Rover-type stance in lieu of actual defensive tackles.

Bucs Cut McCargo, Part 4

May 04, 2012 at 09:52am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Don't pack just yet. Gerald McCoy still has other muscles to tear.

The Bucs made a couple roster moves yesterday, including their favorite one: cutting John McCargo.

McCargo was a stopgap option after the defensive tackle position was decimated by injuries late last season. He was initially signed immediately after Gerald McCoy‘s season-ending biceps tear in November, only to be released a day later when the Bucs claimed Albert Haynesworth off waivers from the Patriots.

He’s been signed and released by the Bucs a few times, kind of like a trout. Sometimes I think the Bucs sign him just so they can anticipate his cutting later on down the line. Whenever I hear that McCargo has been released, I think of Dale from King of the Hill firing Gladstone.

Good luck, John. We’ll see you soon!

Bucs Finally Cut Tanard

April 10, 2012 at 12:16pm by Scott   •  10 Comments »

So, at safety the Bucs have.... umm...
I was hoping for a story to come along and save me from having to write about Warren Sapp‘s bankruptcy, but this isn’t the one I expected.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut safety Tanard Jackson for a failed physical, general manager Mark Dominik said this morning.

It’s not like this is the most surprising thing I’ve heard and most of us felt a little trepidation when he came back after his suspension. But it’s still disappointing. When he picked off a pass in each of his first two games back, I think we all felt pretty good about his future. He was a good player.

“As an organization, we’ve decided to terminate, failed physical, Tanard Jackson,” Dominik said. “It’s a decision we decided to make for the football team and just for our organization. We obviously talked to Tanard today and wished him the best on his future endeavors and with his next organization. But it’s something we felt we wanted to do as an organization and needed to do.”

I think if Jackson simply wasn’t in shape, the team would have hung with him and gotten him up to speed. It’s got to be more, and most likely they found out that he was taking/doing something he shouldn’t have been. And when you’ve been suspended twice and still can’t get straight (whatever the latest problem is), yeah, you gotta go.

Dominik said he was unaware of any positive test for a banned substance or impending penalties from the league office.

“It’s all about becoming the best Buccaneer possible,” Dominik said. “That’s what growth is. And we want this football team to accelerate. That’s what it’s about.”

He may not have gotten it from the league, but something tipped Dominik off that Jackson wasn’t right. Jackson is a huge talent and you don’t dismiss that over a failed physical unless the guy gained 100 pounds or something.

Dominik said Jackson had shoulder surgery in the off-season and is expected to be ready to return to action by June. But Jackson had not handled his rehabilitation to the Buccaneers satisfaction.

Oh come on. He was lazy with his shoulder rehab and that’s why you cut him? I’m not buying it. They just hired a disciplinarian head coach. Surely they’d let him take a whack at Jackson before pulling the plug, right? Nothing like a new, hard-ass coach to give a player a kick and make him fall in line.

Jackson said he was unaware that the Bucs were unhappy with his decision not to rehab in Tampa Bay or that it ultimately led to his release Tuesday.

“I really don’t know, maybe it was because I wasn’t doing rehab here in Tampa after surgery but doing it in New Orleans with trainers up there,” Jackson said. “They just said they were going in a different direction. That’s the way it was given to me.”

Yeah, that’s not it, either. Players train and rehab in different places sometimes; it’s not that unusual. I’m not going to bitch about the decision because I don’t know what the Bucs have obviously learned about him, but I’d bet real money that a failed physical is just the excuse to let him go. Anyway, good luck, Tanard. Please take care of yourself.

So now Cody Grimm is the best safety on the roster. Go ahead and let that sink in for a minute.

Blount, Parker Sign. Rudy Cut.

April 05, 2012 at 08:19am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

Guess who!
I didn’t know this was still an issue, but I guess LeGarrette Blount and Preston Parker have signed their tenders and are officially on the books for 2012. Looking at the roster, it looks like the Bucs have signed all their restricted and ER free agents and are just letting everyone else play the field. Micheal Spurlock appears on that list, but he signed with San Diego yesterday. Corey Lynch and Earnest Graham are still out there and I’d like to see the Bucs bring both of them back, but I’m feeling like that’s unlikely. This new regime really has no loyalty to Graham and Greg Schiano surely wants to upgrade the secondary more than bringing back Lynch would.

The Bucs released Rudy Carpenter yesterday, too.

Meanwhile, the Bucs have released backup quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who has spent the past three seasons on Tampa Bay’s roster but appeared in just one game.

Carpenter appeared in a game?!? I completely forgot about that. It was agains the Panthers last year, but the only way I know that is by looking it up. I’m sure no one else noticed, either, which is why I’m sad he’s cut. We’ll never get the chance to replay this scene at Ray Jay:

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.

Bucs Release Haynesworth

February 15, 2012 at 03:40pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Superman got fat.
In a move that will surprise precisely no one who knows how to add, the Bucs cut Albert Haynesworth today.

Haynesworth, claimed off waivers in November after Gerald McCoy‘s season-ending biceps injury, immediately stepped into the starting lineup for Tampa Bay and had a noticeable impact. But his play and effort level tailed off toward the end of the season. The Bucs considered cutting him during the season.

The reviews of his “effort” level are not all in agreement. Some say he was playing hard, so say he wasn’t. It’s generally along the same lines of who thinks the team quit of Raheem Morris and those who don’t. But it really wouldn’t have mattered if he looked awesome, the Bucs weren’t going to tie up another $6.7-million in his salary for 2012 when they already have so much invested in the defensive line out of the draft.

With an entirely new coaching staff, I was thinking Haynesworth could end up back in Tampa if the price is right. He didn’t burn any bridges and he had some games where he played well. But the way Mark Dominik phrased it doesn’t make it sound like he’s too eager to bring him back for depth.

“I appreciate Albert playing for us after some key injuries this past season,” general manager Mark Dominik said. “He was very professional and we now wish him all the best as he moves forward.”

Sounds pretty definitive. So for those of you who were hoping to get the biggest defensive disappointment of the last ten years back on the team, you’re out of luck. Maybe Mike Mamula is looking to make a comeback.

That Didn’t Take Long

January 02, 2012 at 01:31pm by Scott   •  6 Comments »

I said last month that Raheem Morris would not get fired after the season because it would show a lack of conviction on the part of the Glazers and their dedication to the youth movement.

Okay, I wrote that line and then had to leave for a little while. When I came back, Raheem had been fired. So I need to come up with a different entry, which I will do shortly. In the meantime, your thoughts and predictions in the comments.