Tampa Bay Cleans House

February 27, 2009 at 12:03 am Leave a comment

derrick-brooks

Unfortunately in the NFL, like many other sport organizations, teams are forced to part ways with some of their most recognizable players in order to stay under the cap or create more space. Well the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took that to a whole new level, parting ways with a number of key guys.

After firing their head coach Jon Gruden just a few weeks ago, some believed that the team was done with firings. Not so fast. The team released linebacker Derrick Brooks, running back Warrick Dunn, linebacker Cato June, and wide receivers Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard. And if you watch football, or even catch a few short highlights every once in a while, you know who these guys are.

Derrick Brooks is one of the best linebackers in the game today, even at his ripe age of 35. He is an 11-time Pro Bowler and the face of the Tampa Bay franchise. In my opinion, and in many others, Derrick Brooks has enough in the tank to continue to play. He can come in and play, obviously, but he can also bring leadership and veteran experience to any team who is smart enough to give him a three-year deal. Brooks is a first ballot Hall of Famer and it’s tough to see something like this happen to such a great guy. He may very well retire in Tampa Bay.

Warrick Dunn is another awesome guy that has graced us with his talent and his generosity to the community. He has a compelling story and he is one of the most humble guys to ever step foot on a professional football field. Again, it’s tough to see a guy like Warrick Dunn be released. However I am also sure, that out of all players in the NFL, Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn understand that the NFL is a strict and harsh business.

As for Ike Hilliard and Joey Galloway, they were both old and probably can’t play with any other teams. Hilliard was good at one point but everybody gets older. Galloway was a stud pick in 1995 but never really got to show his full potential due to injuries, but sh*t happens to everybody. Sorry guys and so long. Cato June, on the other hand, came as a surprise to me. The guy has only been around six years and he’s decent for his position. My guess is that another team picks him up, maybe not as a starter but he’ll contribute.

That NFL, rough stuff.

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