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Does Raheem Morris Have To Cut Joey Galloway?

Posted Feb 3, 2009 by Anwar S. Richardson

Updated Feb 3, 2009 at 09:27 AM

Now that the Super Bowl is over, it’s time for us to shift our focus back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We are all caught up on the offseason news, and hopefully players who did not like former coach Jon Gruden are done airing their grievances and everyone can move forward.

Speaking of the future, here is a realistic scenario new coach Raheem Morris will have to address.

Bucs WR Joey Galloway had been very productive prior to this season. Galloway had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and was Tampa Bay’s main offensive threat. He sustained an injury last season, and even though he claimed to be healthy, Galloway was barely utilized. He finished with 13 receptions for 138 yards.

We all expect Tampa Bay to re-sign WR Antonio Bryant, but Galloway’s future remains unclear.

Not only is he 37-years old, but Galloway was Gruden’s favorite player (at least until last season). Galloway did not practice much during previous training camps and rarely participated in practices throughout the week because Gruden liked him so much.

However, Morris will need to establish his presence early, and often the easiest way for coaches to show players who is in charge is by cleaning house. There is no way players will take Morris seriously if he shows favoritism in his first season, especially considering veterans like Derrick Brooks always participate in practice when healthy.

So the question I’m throwing out there to Bucs fans this morning is: “Does Raheem Morris need to cut Joey Galloway?”

Reader Comments

Por (Reginald V. Young) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Reduced salary if he wants to stay.
I dont believe he can stay health for the entire season.
But i would not cut him.
I would develop the little guy Dexter.
He has speed.

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Por (Mitch R) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Anwar, the real question is, Does Morris feel Galloway can be productive in 2009?  I’m all for clearing house where it makes sense and to have a player on the active roster who is not contributing is ridiculous, so in that scenario, I say cut him and use salary for Bryant.  If he is fully recovered and can grab 40-60 balls next year and be part of the ‘09 receiving corps, then I say keep him.  It’ll be interesting, but it all depends on Galloway’s health.  Nobody should get preferential treatment.

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Por (MikeJ) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

“Need to”?? I dunno. “Should”?? Yes. He stole paychecks last year. The money could be better spent elsewhere.

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Por (nycebo) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Cut him.  Can we finally get back to developing young, strong players like we did in the Dungy years?  Gruden’s experiments with rehabilitating older players provided the team with no longer term stability.  It’s time for Galloway, Garcia, etc to all find new homes.

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Por (BUCMAN) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Not sure.  Galloway should be fresh and was under ultilized. We should be able to get another year out of him. I would like to see Galloway and Bryant on the field at the same time.

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Por (adnak) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Galloway plays with no heart now. If that’s still the case, cut him.

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Por (flajoe491) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

The Bucs have been missing another reciever to go with there number one guy. The last three years it was Galloway and last year Bryant. If Galloway has the jets and the hands keep him and see what we get with two threats on the field at once. If he is going to coleect a paycheck and not produce spend the money in free agency or the draft.

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Por (Bozo the Clown) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

yes.

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Por (Buddy Mckendree) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Yes Morris should cut him. Galloway is 37 and his skills are eroding quickly. The Bucs need to get younger and build for sustained excellence, not plug holes with aging veterans.

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Por (BucFandango) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I’d let Joey get out there and compete like everybody else. Best 53 make the team. That goes for Brooks, Barber, Galloway, Hovan, Jackson, Suchanon, D-Lard Line, and the rest. Cleveland could use Galloway. Trade bait. He is so fond of Ohio. If you want to get rid of dead weight, lose Garcia & Griese. I think Dunn is about done too. Too bad, he’s a great guy.

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Por (Noah) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

No, he doesn’t get cut unless all the other receivers on the team are better than him. We need to keep veteran leadership on the offensive side of the ball, especially with Jeff Garcia probably leaving. We just need to redefine Galloway’s role on the team, perhaps use him more in the slot. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up retiring, he just can’t stay healthy.

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Por (rob) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I’m not sure Gruden let Galloway take it easy because he was playing favorites, I think he was being prudent with a valuable resource.  If I remember correctly, Gruden ran the heck out of Galloway during his first season here and ended up with Joey injuring a groin and missing most of the year.  After that, Gruden adjusted his practice schedule to try and keep him fresh and healthy for the games. 

I think it’s a reasonable approach and, as the article mentioned Brooks’ practice schedule, maybe Morris should extend that same approach to other vetrans.  Perhaps Brooks would be a little fresher in week 17 if he limited practice time a bit.

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Por (RoadRunner) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I believe this is the last year of his contract; then in 2010 he is a free agent (probably retire).  He should be fresh next season because he never played.  I think Gruden would have played him but there was probably something wrong with him.  If he is healthy and can still run close to a 4.3 forty then I’m sure we could use him in some capacity.

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Por (oar) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

nycbeo, yeah all of these Dungy drafted wide recievers developed into really good players didn’t they? Here’s the list Jacuez Green, Reidel Anthony, Darnell McDonald, Niega Carter, and Nilo Silvan. I know his defensive players developed greatly(don’t go there, not my point), but this is an article on Galloway, who is a RECEIVER.

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Por (oar) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Rob Atlanta, I have to agree.

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Por (CrazyMan) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

WOW just because the player is old (NFL OLD) doesn’t mean they’re unable to play or have to be cut or traded.  Let me think … Kurt Warner comes to mind.  Every team in the NFL has older players that can still play well and are top performers.  Some retire some keep playing.  Heck Terrell Owens is 35, Michael Strahan is the same age as Galloway and I bet he could have played well this year.  Let the Bucs analyze the situation and hope for the best.

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Por (gerry costi) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I love what Galloway has done for us.
The Gruden firing was also due to fact that the team wants to in a different direction therefore…..
I’d say lets get younger so we can compete in few years.

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Por (:PapaJohn) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

He injuries his hamstring too often. Cut him and look to FA or look to acquire Boldin

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Por (Michael Falzone) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

For the love of god do not bring up Dexter Jackson after saying the name Joey Galloway. The subject comes down to this,Joey Galloway has never had a better season than 1000 yards not what i would consider a premier receiver. We need to franchise Antonio Bryant or sign him to a 2 or 3 year deal. Bring in a TJ hushmanzada. Or a good second receiver and go into the draft looking at receiver at number 20 overall.

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Por (oar) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Michael Falzone, St.pete, “The subject comes down to this,Joey Galloway has never had a better season than 1000 yards”? I disagree Galloway had 3 consecutive years 2005-1287yds, 2006-1057yds, & 2007-1014yds, so not sure where you get your info from. Also these all occured when he was an “old?” premier receiver. I do agree, I’d like the Bucs to re-sign Antonio and bring in another good receiver.
BTW how many yds does make a premier receiver?

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Por (HFXBUC) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Parcels cuts guys who make themselves bigger than the team and are team first guys.  If Galloway is that dude then he has to go…if he isn’t then he is a talent and should stay. How would our attack look with him coming out of the slot in 3 WR’s sets - good luck covering him or stopping a draw out of that formation!  Be creative and use in the backfield to create a mismatch with a LB.  If he is a team first guy, if he is healthy then keep him…if he’s not then let him go.

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Por (ref813) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Is there any point to this article other than to stir up controversy where none should exist?  This is the most pathetic attempt at making a logical argument that I’ve ever seen.  Gruden favored Galloway so he let him sit.  Morris needs to have the players’ respect, which he won’t get by playing favorites.  Therefore, Morris may need to cut Galloway?  O.K. Why?  Your whole argument is based on the unproven assumption that Gruden rested Galloway because he favored him.  He obviously didn’t favor him this year, so what’s the point?

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Por (ref813) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Galloway has a year left on his contract.  I can’t see any reason why we would let him go unless he is scheduled to make a lot or we pick up a good F.A or 2.  I will ignore the author’s attempt to make a controversy out of a senseless question preceded by a semi-argument.  A lot of veterans got to rest under Gruden, by the way.  Why single out Galloway?  Why ask why?  Try Bud Dry.  What ever happened to that stuff anyway?  That’s a much better question than this.  Let’s debate the reasons for the product’s demise.

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Por (cval) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Rob said it. Galloway was rested because of his age and the need to keep his legs fresh for games. He still participated in walk-thrus of the playbook. Coaches will decide the final 53 at the right time. For once I agree with ref813, it is a ridiculous question to foment an argument when none is necessary. I’d much rather debate on what positions are the greatest need to fill in the off season. (QB, LT, RB, DT, NT, LDE, CB

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Por (MADMAN) on February 03, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I understand that we need to go younger in certain positions but if we have the talent in some (older guys) let’s utilize them.  We don’t have a bad team.  We just need a couple of pieces to the puzzle to get us to the Promised Land.  There is no way we can pick up enough free agents or draft players to fill every hole.  That’s where the older, wiser and perhaps a few players that lost a step come in place.  I was on a team without the so called super talent in every position but we played with heart, intelligence and pride and won it all.  Let’s give the new coach a chance and back our team.

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