Hat tip to TheSportsGuru for bringing this to everyone's attention a few minutes ago. Per the Tribune, the Buccaneers cut 5 of their seasoned vets today: Derrick Brooks, Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard, Cato June, and Warrick Dunn. Folks, as you know, these are not dead wood backups they're cutting... they're guys who were either starters last year or were projected starters in the fall. The Bucs could bring any of the above back later this offseason, but cutting Brooks is like a kick to the groin for me. It appears the youth movement is on. I'm pretty much speechless right now. GM Mark Dominik will address the media later today. For those of you in the Tampa area, if you are not in gridlock, I invite you to tune in to AM-620 for an explanation.. I still can't believe it... wonder if Brooks had an injury issue that's been kept on the downlow. More as we hear it...
Added by JScott.
Our Tampa Bay Buccaneers have RELEASED LB Derrick BROOKS, RB Warrick DUNN, WR Joey GALLOWAY, WR Ike HILLIARD, and LB Cato JUNE
Let that sink in for a little bit… Oh it still hurts… Nope it still hurts; oh my goodness the pain is so deep! Console me Dominik:
"We want to give our younger guys a chance to play,'' General Manager Mark Dominik - St. Pete Times
Oh that’s not helping Mark! I just want to run around the office screaming!!! Didn’t we suffer last season due to depth issues? Our guys wore down at the end of the season. Specifically the DEFENSE? Isn’t that the case? I’m not delusional in this thought process am I? If not, how is releasing our starters, OUR STARTERS, going to help improve this team? Let me stop…
What a buzz saw. On one hand I understand these cuts as all of the players above with the exception of June were on the downside of their careers. To me Derrick Brooks transcended the franchise though. I know everyone is going to say his play suffered last season, but this is Derrick Brooks we’re talking about. He had one year left on his contract any way; why not let that chapter end next off-season? Why be so brash? So you can let the younger guys play? Who? Geno Hayes? Quincy Black? Are you serious? You think they are ready? Obviously you do and so I’ll defer to you as I’m just a fan, but this hurts.