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Simms Circus About To Begin

Posted Jul 21, 2008 by Roy Cummings

Updated Jul 21, 2008 at 12:46 PM

TAMPA - Nothing has changed on the Chris Simms front.

The disgruntled quarterback is still a Buc, even though he badly wants out of the organization, and he’s still planning to report to training camp on Friday.

“I will be at camp,’’ Simms said in a text message. “I have no clue what is gonna happen [once I get there]; we’ll see.’‘

There has been some speculation about Simms status for camp, so I decided to go to the source on the matter. His response isn’t surprising. Simms said weeks ago that he had every intention of reporting to camp, “if the Bucs want that kind of media circus.’‘

Maybe they do. They have had a few opportunities to trade Simms and could have certainly released him by now. But Simms remains a Buccaneer and it’s beginning to look like he just may stay a Buccaneer for a while.

If the Bucs don’t cut him in an effort to get down to the 80-man roster limit by Friday it may be a sign they want to evaluate him before deciding their next move. If that proves to be the case then Simms automatically becomes one of the top players to watch at camp.

He has been saying for months now that he’s healthy and ready to play. His first chance to prove it may come on Saturday, when the Bucs hit the practice fields at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex for their first workouts.

You can bet that if Simms is there for that workout, all eyes will be on him.

Reader Comments

Por (Cameron Simms) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

He has to show up, look it at this way, he needs the spotlight to show he’s healthy and capable of playing for another team, this is the only chance he has, no team will sign him unless he can prove he’s back 100%, and for the bucs, same deal, they want to know if he’s really the old chris who took our team into the playoffs.
I belive he’ll be gone but he needs the media coverage so he can up his value and so do the bucs for a potential trade.

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Por (John Klopfer) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Training camp is too short to waste on Simms if he is not in the bucs plans. He needs to go, so we can concentrate on players that we are going to keep. No offense but a possible 5th or 6th roudn pick for Simms is not worth the distaction he is going to cause. Personally, I like Simms and believe he has a chance to be a player…but his time with the bucs have come to an end!

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Por (idaho_buc_fan) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

i liked simms too but let’s face it he wants out and i say give it to him. the guy is never going to be good as his old man, phil simms. he is just a drain on the salary cap and roster space. we could instead let chris simms go and use that extra cash to sign jeff garcia to long term deal. i love garcia and if i was bruce allen i give him a bigger contract. jeff is a pro-bowl QB i have yet to see chris in a pro-bowl. i say trade or let go of the cry baby save us fans the headache of keeping him.

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Por (ref813) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I know this is unrelated, but I don’t post at the Times’ site where I read this because they censor more and want my URL.  Our first arrest of the offseason occurred this morning.  Nicholson was arrested for misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest.  I thought it was Stevens who was supposed to ruin the city.  What happened?  Some of you threw such a fit over Stevens that he got suspended again for the same thing.  You can all pat yourselves on the back.  You had the wrong guy.  Nicholson might be tougher than we knew, though.  He had to be tasered twice after pulling the prongs out of his chest or something.

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Por (Quentin) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I think the Jason Taylor situation could be seen as confirmation to our front office that they’re doing the right thing. Players get hurt in camp, it’s inevitable. If you hang on to him at least until the 75 man deadline, you might luck out and find a team in need. Keep him after that, though, and you’re probably just damaging your team.

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Por (George Leslie Hicks) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

It is really amazing how the Chriss Sims Saga is revolving. I think Tampa needs to really evalute this QB. I know alot of fans have been turn off. But Remember this. Did you see that QB Simms went in the 2nd half I believe was the Panthers gave and he played like a veteran QB, and He was really Life threating Injury. I think if Garcia doesn’t like playing without a new contact. Then Tampa needs to play Simms,Griese &Johnson. It would be fine with Garcia, Then the other QB battle for B/u-1 & B/u-2 and Practice Squad. Coach Gruden might have to trade McGown if Simms after all stays on the squad.

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Por (raw_as_fuq) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Chris Simms needs to go to camp to prove to all the teams intrested in him that he is healthy and so his value will go up.

George Leslie Hicks, Gruden says he likes McCown and im pretty sure alot of Bucs fans like McCown too. Gruden wouldn’t trade McCown and Gruden doesnt want Simms on the Bucs and mostly everyone doesnt want that crybaby on this roster.

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Por (Displaced ChargerFan) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Simms for Favre.  The Pack gets to open camp with at least one player with real NFL experience, and the Bucs can forget about negotiating with Garcia (or at the very least, keep his dollars down if they DO work something out).  Plus Chuckie gets to add another QB to the roster, which always puts a wierd, twisted smile on his face.

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Por (Charels Fiske) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I just heard Shokey got traded to the Saints.

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Por (Williams) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Talked to Simms yesterday on way back from KY….great guy, wish him the best…hope he shows the Bucs that he is 100% and battles for the starting job….

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Por (Brandon Short) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)


You get 10 points for being able to comprehend Leslie’s buthering of the English language in a near nonsensical rant.

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Por (Jeff) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

This board needs moderators to clean up all the off topic crap

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Por (al thompson) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

simms was kept on the payroll last year out of respect. Its not often we see that in any business much less Tampa Bay.
Now that Simms is healthy(we think) he wants out for free. what is wrong with giving back the respect and allowing the club the opportunity to get value for simms in a trade?

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Por (ref813) on July 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Jeff, when an article is about something that has been beaten to death, some of us would rather comment on more important, current news-i.e. Shockey and Nicholson.  If you want to read more comments about Simms, that’s fine.  Some of us have said all we can say and aren’t going to repeat ourselves.  Skip our comments if you want.

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Por (J P Morris) on July 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Wait until training camp. It funny how all this stuff gets swept under the rug once camp starts. Look at all the fuss Ocho Cinco made and how he did an about face. They won’t cut Simms without looking at him in camp. Simms is more of a leader than Griese or McCown and Johnson will be practice squad. Griese is a game manager like B. Johnson and McCown is a sack magnet whose good days he attributes to “Lord Jesus Christ” and his bad days are his own fault. I’m sorry but nobody wants prayers in the huddle. Gimme a cocky guy who looks you in the eye and says “We’re going to score and they can’t stop us.”

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Por (Lawrence J) on July 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

It all Starts up front

Chris Simms was nice he played behind a terrible line without the shotgun
so thats why his passes get deflected he has the strongest arm on the team and he got hurt trying to make a play to get his team going after taking some nasty hits from the blindsise


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Por (Chuck King) on July 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

They’ll be no circus.  Phil Jr. is a player.  He’s out there to show what a healthy Phil Jr. can do.  I hope he shows up and brings his Sunday best to the table.  We all know he is trade bait.  He knows he is trade bait.  He’s left body parts on our field.  I wish him luck as we all should.  But they’ll be NO CIRCUS.  Sorry kids.

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