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July 26, 2012 @ 4:33 pm
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Bucs Part Ways With Price and Briscoe

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The Buccaneers announced Thursday afternoon they have traded DT Brian Price to the Chicago Bears for an undisclosed draft pick. In addition to the Price move, Tampa Bay waived receiver Dezmon Briscoe and safety Devin Holland.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have traded DT Brian Price to the Chicago Bears for an undisclosed 2013 draft pick, pending a physical.

Price, a second-round pick in 2010, has been hampered with several issues, health-wise and off the field.

Price was place on injured reserve during his rookie season after a pelvic injury was found, which later required radical offseason surgery in which the former Bruin saw his hamstrings reattached by screwing them in the bone. Price came into training camp nowhere near 100 percent and in addition to still recovering from the surgery, was overweight due to his inability to exercise.

Late last season, during the midst of the 10-game losing streak, Price was flagged for a personal foul which drew the ire of then head coach Raheem Morris, who ultimately sent Price home – in the middle of the game.

Earlier this spring Price suffered another setback when his sister was killed in a car accident, his third sibling lost due to tragic circumstances. Price was unable to perform in the Buccaneers offseason workouts due to mental fatigue. Price also had an physical altercation with first-round pick Mark Barron and was sent back home to California for the remainder of the offseason.

PewterReport.com reported earlier this year that the organization was considering cutting ties Price.

The team also announced that they have signed LB Thomas Williams to a two-year contract, as well as waiving WR Dezmon Briscoe and DB Devin Holland.

Briscoe was absent for a majority of Tampa Bay’s offseason program, and there was speculation then that the team’s leading touchdown receiver could find himself in the organization's doghouse, as tight end Kellen Winslow and safety Tanard Jackson did earlier this spring.

Williams enters his third season in the NFL after spending last year with the Carolina Panthers. In 2011, he played in seven games and started two, recording 11 tackles and four passes defensed. Williams has played in 15 career games, He originally entered the league as a fifth-round pick (155th overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2008 NFL Draft.

The team additionally announced they have placed DE Da'Quan Bowers and CB Derrick Roberson on the Active/Physically Unable To Perform list and T Donald Penn on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.

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    Hate this move. He is/was the most talented DT we had since Sapp and with all he has had againsthim i admire him for still being on his feet. Dont care what happened with Barron and i dont give anything for him being out of shape. With the freak injury and the death of his brithers and sisters i believe that this organisation should have stood by his side and helped im through. No matter if it would take him a season more to get into shape and figure his life out. Im his biggest supporter and wish him all the luck n the future. God nows this man needs a brake and no one deserves a ood future like him.
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    ok i know it's not that easy, just pick two guys and plug em' in. but you have to have viable options in play. good grief bp was a 2nd rd pick & rated 1st rd by MANY! if you felt his hip/hamstring issue would linger then you have to make a move, but who on our roster is a better option??????
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    price weighed in @ 303lbs, after 4 sprints he heard/felt a painful pop, trainers rushed to his side and later determined he most likely tore some scare tissue and would be good to go in a few days. (per tampa bay times) from a potential standpoint bp was very talented, and this was his 3rd yr(yr 3-4 usually breakout yr for dt). if this move was made due to health concerns i'm ok with it, but where's the back up plan? the d line was already thin. and now penn may miss 3-4 weeks, what if that lingers, no depth on the o line either. how bout signing m.mcneill ot and t.harris dt for minimum contracts (obviously they would have to pass physical). if they don't make it out of camp, so what nothing lost.
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    This move on Price is a surprize, with all the upbeat, positive conditioning reports we were getting. But the bottom line is either that was all baloney and he was way out of shape/injured or the basket head case rose again. Either way the Bucs need to add to the DL right away....and NOT Fat Albert. Briscoe was going to be a long-shot anyway, as deep as the Bucs are at WR. This may open things for that Rutgers guy to slide in. On the conditioning test, reports are Price was only able to do about 4 of 16 reps. That's not good. Also heard that Nicks failed the test. Well, at 346 pounds, you're lucky if you can walk from the locker room to the field 16 times, let alone run sprints. Hope there is a realistic drop in expectations for these big guys, otherwise even Pro Bowlers won't meet Coaches conditioning test.
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    The move to cut Briscoe is not a big deal he probably wasnt going to make the roster since Vincent Jackson came in and buimped everybody down a slot. I actually agree with the Brian Price move also and this is why. We keep talking about his potential but he never stayed healthy enough for him to make an impact. Sure we can point out a handful of plays that he made plays but for a 2nd round guy that simply isnt enough. Trade him now before we wouldve had to cut him later. Cut the players that arent in shape bc football is very demanding sport and we dont need players leading the line to the trainers room bc they didnt take care of their bodies during the offseason. This is now somebody elses headache to deal with and im with Coach Schiano on this one!
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    Agree that Price showed a lot of promise, but think the fight with Barron might have been bigger in Schiano's thinking than Price's shape. His weight was good but who knows how really in good shape he was. Briscoe had lots of talent on the field but who knows if he was a head case. He can now go play with Rah in Washington. Sure hope they find help at the defensive line because no matter how good your offense is, if that defense doesn't get much better, we are in for a long frustrating season.
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    I could have predicted the Briscoe release. While Briscoe is out today saying he was caught by surprise, I'm not buying it. He almost made sure this would happen and I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted it to happen. He's young, talented, and will now be free to get a better contract and he probably knows where he will get it. I admit the Price trade confused me. But now things are clearer. Stroud is reporting that Price couldn't complete the conditioning test and may have been injured during the test after just 4 reps (16 required). The test is designed to see if you can complete a 16 play drive on the field during a real game. Evidently, the Bucs didn't feel like Price was going to be able to handle the rigors of a 16 game season especially down the stretch come November and December. In a way, this may be a blessing for Price. He gets to go play for a contender and be coached by Rod Marenelli. To be candid, while I like the direction the Bucs are heading, Schiano is unproven and this year is going to be as they say a "hard row to hoe".
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    Briscoe being released was somewhat expected; but I must say, the trade of Brian Price surprised me. Not so much the trade itself, but the timing. I thought he would be allowed to compete. It's a shame he never really got on track after such promise. I don't think Dominik was aware of the injury for whatever reason but I believe that area scout is no longer with the team. A few more like this and the all too many GM mistakes on file and the Glazers will make a change.
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    We asked for a coach who would demand the best of our players and impose discipline and we got exactly what we asked for. The Gators got in trouble a few years ago with a famous coach who made the capital mistake of pampering his star players and caused terrible morale in the locker room. That is never going to happen to Schiano. He will demand every player keep their mental focus on all the small details, work hard on every play, never give up, love the game, and always play with heart. There should be a lot better morale in the locker room this year. We have a lot of great receivers and we were going to have to get rid of some excellent players, so why not keep those who follow the Buccaneer Way? Go Bucs! I'm hoping Okoye will now step right into the starting lineup on the Defensive Line and make the most of this new opportunity.
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    I saw this coming but somehow I thought he would last until the final cuts happened if he was cut at all. I am personally sorry to see this happen but Football is a tough business and if you start out injured, and then you get out of shape, other guys are going to find their way into your position. The spotlight is on McCoy now because he was a higher pick than price and has really not done much at all. At this point I got to wonder if Bucs are not going to draft a DL very high in the next draft.
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    seat26, I agree with you and the Bucs might be drafting a DL once again. We go nowhere with a push from the defensive line.
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    DA BEARS HOPE HE WORKS OUT UP THERE ,ALOT OF TALENT IF HE CAN STAY ON THE FIELD...Anyways Go Bucs training camp is here! Oh yeah bet Briscoe won't be on Vh1 anytime soon, what a fool!
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    You can bet that Price will turn out to be a Pro bowl DT for the Bears. That almost always happens to the Bucs. I understand that there were some questions about his health and mental status but when healthy he was one of the few players that made a difference. He will either be a giant flop or a great player. I hope for the Bucs sake it is the former rather than the latter. I think they could have given him a little more time to see where his head is before giving up on him but I guess Schiano sees it differently.Usually these type of transactions always come back to bite the Bucs in the arse. As for Briscoe, he is a complete moron and he made his own bed. Good riddance. My only complaint about losing players is not getting return value for them. Why do the Bucs always accept chump change. Hopefully the Bucs will find a decent DT somewhere as a replacement for Price. Maybe an unknown or sleeper. Undisclosed draft pick for Price means it will probably be a very late round pick, That really sucks. The Bucs should have at least gotten a pick and a player for a top pick like price. Way to go Dominik. Decisions like this could seal your doom this year if the Defense sucks.
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    I can see that the Coaches staff is doing what it must to make these Bucs start winning from Day One.GO BUCS
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    I'm still not convinced that anyone in this building knows what they are doing. Great coaches get the best anyone can out of even lazy players. They don't execute them. That was one thing about Gruden - no one went on to have a better career AFTER Gruden gave upon them. So I REALLY hope that we start to get wins on the field fast and that Schiano has an X's and O's acumen that rivals a Harbaugh or Rex Ryan, or this taskmaster stuff will go off the rails fast. People forget that Belichick gets the leeway he does with players because he cheated his way to the top, otherwise he'd just have had Cleveland redux and a rebellion on his hands. And Coughlin has the Accorsi school feeding him guys that fit his system. 8-8 this season, guys, and stay patient! We want to be proud of you again.
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    What a shame he never got healthy. I saw what he could do at training camp his rookie season and he looked twice as good as McCoy. Now McCoy is looking better and now Price is gone. Again, what a shame.
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    Great moves and not much of a surprise. I'll bet Price didn't even come close to passing the conditioning test and Briscoe just doesn't fit in the NFL. The message is crystal clear.....CLEAN UP YOUR ACT OR YOU ARE GONE. I hope over time we find out who the other players are that failed the conditioning test as well. You can't waste time on players that are not prepared to play or committed to paying the price to win. The BUCS just got better and someone else is going to get a chance to step up.
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    billbyrne, I bet those who were under our conditioning trainers at One Buc Place passed it as I am sure it was part of their off season training program.
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    I'm all for the moves. Maybe all of Price's injuries had something to do with lack of conditioning. Maybe. He seemed lazy, as did Briscoe. We need guys that love the game, and practice and play hard all the time.
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    Game Changers are hard to come by and if healthy BP is a Game Changer. I know thats a big ifff, but I watched the games last year and short of being totaly out of gas BP was a Gamer and gave a better effort than any player on the entireTeam and was still by far our best lineman ( he was only effective for about six plays, but so was Sapp ok maybe eight but it was eight elite plays) . To do what he did last year with the surgery he had is some what miraclaity(made up word) to say the least.Must have have failed the conditioning test if he was even here and if he did i support the move.If he didnt or wasn't here it seems a little odd but we could clearly see it coming.Briscoe on the other hand is not an NFL player mentally and probably never will be( this is a big Plus).It seems every staff misses talent right in front of them , heck Gruden was the dink and dunk king and he never realized Alstott had great hands and was at his best when catching swing passes.Coaches make examples ask Brad Culpepper for perhaps he was Sapps beer buddy and perhaps together they thought they ran practices and practiced when they wanted, but come to find out !!! This is a Huge Talent Loss for the Bucs and a big setback for the Defense ......... Dom your in charge of replacing this talent loss.......Should have signed Brod Bunk but now he is in New Orleans for 3 mil a year and thats a double double. Still Like Everything Schiano is Doing , this is the first clear talent step backwards!!! Go Bucs
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    kimo, I agree with everything you have said.
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    I guess it's safe to "count Price and Briscoe out". Aye, Scott?
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    The biggest difference between the D this season over last years won't have much to do with the players talent, but their heart. That 10 game skid was rough, but it wasn't because those guys were just bad players. They quit. Bottom line. Schiano doesn't seem like the kind of guy to keep players around that have no heart for the game. Briscoe caught 6 TD's last year. Yay. Get into workouts, voluntary or not, on time and in shape to maximize on that potential or just GTFO. I like Price, but better to get something now than cut him next year which was a strong probability considering his injury history and mental state. Fans are in an uproar, but give it 2 weeks and everyone will settle down and start saying "Ya know, I guess I can see why they cut/traded that guy. Go Bucs!" etc etc.
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    Well the fight and his family problems caused this move. The Bears got a steal as Price will play their kind of style and shine; maybe not this year, but watch out for 2013. I have got to believe that we got a 4th or 5th rounder for him?Not surprise about Briscoe; I just thought that he was swapping bait. His days are far from over if he keeps his head on straight. Another surprise was Holland already, size does matter in the NFL. Fat Man Penn, you better watch out as Coach is going to expect a lot from you or you will be gone before the first regular season game. Once underchiever is history, Coach Schiano will have everybody's attention. You better focus right now Penn! Go Bucs!.
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    Another draft pick wasted...I bet we got a conditional 6th round pick at best. The defense is getting thinner and thinner. At this point I am very skeptical if it can really improve much from last year's pitiful performance. Crap, I hate being so negative at the beginning of a new season.
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    I wish Brian the best, but I think it was a good more for the Bucs. I hope Miller and Okoye can help plug the middle, and McCoy can stay healthy. If Coach can get more out of his players then Raheem, maybe things will be looking up. I hope there are some " diamonds in the rough" on this team, we are going to need them.
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    Okoye/ Price Rotation B with A potential Miller/ Okoye Rotation D plus with D minus to C potential for now we are worse no if ands or butts PERIOD I think Butch Davis has shown up and Dom got run over. It can be fixed but the fix isn't currently on this roster at least not with Bowers out Proven McCoy can't stay healthy three major injuries in two years yes i know Bowers is an end
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