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Bucs Received Trade Offers For Simms
Posted Apr 30, 2008 by Roy Cummings
Updated Apr 30, 2008 at 01:38 AM
TAMPA - It turns out there is a trade market for Chris Simms after all. Or maybe we should say there WAS a trade market for Simms.
The Bucs received offers from several teams interested in trading for Simms during last weekend’s draft, including at least two offers from teams willing to give them a sixth-round draft pick and one from a team willing to give them a seventh-round selection for the beleaguered quarterback. Needless to say, no deal was struck.
Why is anyone’s guess, but the likelihood is the Bucs were afraid they would not get true value for Simms. Why take a sixth-round draft pick for Simms when he could be worth a fifth-, fourth- or maybe even third-round selection? The problem, though, is the Bucs may never learn what Simms true trade value is, especially now that they’ve added yet another quarterback to their already crowded stable of them.
The addition of Josh Johnson brought to seven the number of quarterbacks currently on the Bucs roster. With the Bucs planning to take only five to training camp the entire football world knows that at least two will have to lopped off the roster before camp begins. As a result, teams interested in Simms can now simply sit back and wait for him to be released.
There’s a chance, though, that the Bucs will hold onto Simms, possibly even through training camp. After all, they passed on several chances to trade him and Brian Griese during the draft, all while trying to peddle Bruce Gradkowski. It could well be then that the Bucs want Simms to be one of the five quarterback who goes to camp with them this summer.
That may not sit too well with Simms. He’s been working out on his own for months now and he skipped the first round of voluntary workouts last month, seemingly in an effort to get the Bucs to move him. It’s possible, though, that the Bucs see him as being far more valuable to them than Gradkowski or maybe even McCown and now plan to hold on to him, at least for a while.
Whatever the answer, we should know it soon. The Bucs are expected to meet in an effort to try and resolve their crowded quarterback situation just as soon as they are done running their rookies through their paces during this coming weekend’s rookie minicamp. We’re hearing that solving the Simms saga is objective one, so a solution could some sooner rather than later.