Monday, April 23, 2007
Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested in trading for Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.
Schefter says that Bucs officials have confirmed their interest in Briggs.
If Tampa would land the Tampa 2 linebacker, the Bucs would have three -- that's three -- weakside specialists under contract. In additional to Briggs, they have mainstay Derrick Brooks and newcomer Cato June, who signed a three-year deal with a total value that's roughly one half of what Briggs likely wants in guaranteed money.
Are the Bucs serious? We don't think so. But we do think that it's head coach Jon Gruden's way of letting Brooks know that Gruden would prefer that Brooks move on. (Not gonna do it tonight.)
The other alternative would be to move Briggs to the middle. He wants to be Brian Urlacher; why not let him play Urlacher's position? But that means Brooks or June wouldn't be able to move to the middle.
Besides, June probably can only play the weakside, given his safety-sized body.
In our view, then, this isn't about the Bucs getting Briggs. It's about the Bucs getting rid of Brooks. And it could happen sooner than anyone realizes.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
"The Buccaneers added to their offensive line Tuesday by signing former Atlanta guard Matt Lehr. A seventh-year pro, Lehr spent the last two seasons with the Falcons after playing his first four years in Dallas followed by a single season (2004) with the Rams.Last year Lehr was suspended for four games midway through the season for violating the league's steroid/related substances policy. He did start 11 games in 2006-07 and in 69 career games has 48 starts.On Monday the Bucs learned their preseason schedule, and it's one that will keep them in state the whole way. The first opponent is a good one, as the Patriots come to Raymond James Stadium the second weekend of August (exact dates will be announced soon).After the opener the Bucs will play at Jacksonville and at Miami before concluding at home against the Texans.Shelton Quarles, depending on which reports one believes, either has a hip injury or a concussion. When asked from the football meetings in Arizona last week, Buccaneer head coach Jon Gruden did not shed light on the specifics but at least offered something that until then had not been clear: the Bucs do want Quarles back."We've got to let the medical people do their part also, and we'll just keep our fingers crossed and hope it works out," Gruden said in Friday's St. Petersburg Times. "Shelton still can really play well."Quarles is not telling, the Bucs are not saying, and with Quarles' comments to Bay area newspapers Tuesday the mystery is only growing. To both the St. Pete Times and Tampa Tribune, Quarles would not address what his injuries were but said he wants to play football. Reports had been that Quarles' injuries might lead to him having to at least sit out a year."I know I have the ability to play," Quarles told the Tribune. "If it was up to me, we proably wouldn't be talking about it right now," he said in the Times.Basically it sounds like the Bucs have been very slyly trying to save some money by releasing Quarles, using the injuries as a reason -- but again, no one can say what is hampering the linebacker, if anything.Recently the team signed linebacker Cato June."
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
For those keeping track that record is even more then Superbowl attendance. More views tuned into Wrestlemania then tuned into the Superbowl.
"WWE getting pub from everywhere! The Associated Press released a story on
WrestleMania 23 earlier today, specifically focusing on Donald Trump's victory
over Vince McMahon in the Battle of the Billionaires. Several media outlets
including FOX News, CNN, and E! have already picked up the story. The AP story
WWE Chairman/Owner, Vince McMahon with hair before the Billionaire cut.
One ugly bald Mr. Vince McMahon. I have so much respect for Mr. McMahon, he was humiliated for the good of the company, and this Wrestlemania Moment will go down in history as one of the best moments.
Next year Wrestlemania 24 will be for the first time ever at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, and I will be there. Here is Mr. McMahon with the Mayor of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Central Florida Sports Commission president John Saboor.