How times have changed for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms, going from boy wonder to just wondering if he will even make the team. According to Scott Reymolds of The Pewter Report, Simms is prepared to sit out the entire 2007 season in order to let his body heal completely than sign with another team – assuming that the Bucs release him.
The possibility of Simms getting cut is very real; as of right now, Simms is fourth on the Bucs’ QB depth chart (Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown, and Bruce Gradkowski are ahead of him) and doesn’t appear to be threatening the aforementioned three. Simms also told The Pewter Report that, “I’ll do whatever I have to do. If I have to sit out a year, I’m totally prepared for it. I really am. I have a long, long career in front of me. If [I do get cut] – and I hope that doesn’t happen, trust me – but if it does happen, I’m not going to go anywhere else until I feel like I am ready to play again and to feel like the old Chris Simms again.” Whatever the old Chris Simms is.
It is also common knowledge that Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden is coaching for his job this season. In order to do that, Gruden is going to, in my opinion, have to get at least a wild card berth in order to just save his job. But rest assured that Simms will not be the one that makes that happen. And to be quite honest, even if Simms gets healthy and does in fact get released by the Bucs, I think that his days as a starting QB in this league are history. A team may take a flier on him, but only as a backup. Which proves that Peyton Manning aside, your surname is not a guarantee of long-term success in the NFL.