Bucs Stunner as Pro Bowl DE Rice is Sent Packing

RiceMaybe Gaines Adams will see the field a lot faster.  The reason behind that is due to the Bucs surprise move earlier today as they released fromer Pro Bowl DE Simeon Rice.  Reports state that the team and Rice had a meeting today, and asked the 12th year player to take a pay cut.  He refused to do so, and upon that the team released him.  Rice had showed up and checked in to Bucs training camp before the meeting and then his release.

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer says that there is a door open for Rice to come back to the team, but at this point that does not look like it will happen.  The 6-foot-5, 268 pound DE has been with Tampa Bay since the 2001 season.  He came to them from the Arizona Cardinals, where in five seasons he recorded 51.5 sacks.  He had his best season in Tampa Bay in 2002, when he had 50 total tackles and 15.5 sacks.  He also had an interception that year.  In 166 career games he has 121 career sacks.  The No. 3 overall pick in the 1996 draft, Rice was a two-time Pro Bowler for the Bucs, making the team in 2003 and 2004.

Rookie and number four pick in the draft Adams signed his six-year deal with Tampa Bay on Thursday, and was expected to compete with Rice for playing time at right end.  While the job has not been handed to him after this release of Rice, you would have to believe that Rice getting released as quickly as Adams signed is a bit on the odd side.  Rice will for sure find a new home in 2007.  At 33 years old, you have to believe that there is still plenty of gas left in the tank for him to find work elsewhere.

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