Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Bucs Decision to Cut Quarles all to Familiar
Stop me if you have heard this one before, an Older Buccaneer defensive player who has been part of the heart and soul of the team, has been cut because he "failed" a team physical. The player says he is fine and can play, but the management claims he has failed a physical. The management will not go into the details of the injury or even when this physical took place, but they say he failed and he is gone. First it was Jon Lynch, now its Shelton Quarles. Lynch was coming off of a good season, but the Bucs had Phillips behind Lynch and the current regime claimed Lynch could not pass a physical and he was cut. Since being cut from the Bucs Lynch has gone on to star on the Bronco's defense and has made 3 consecutive Pro Bowls while Jermaine Phillips has looked like crap.
Now we are in the off season 3 years later and Shelton Quarles has been cut for "failing" a team physical. Shelton is coming off of a season in which he had 136 tackles and was one of the best players on defense. The Bucs have Barrett Ruud behind Quarles and can save 3 million off the cap by cutting Quarles, but the management says this has nothing to do with it. I don't know about you, but this all seems a little fishy to me. The first reports of Quarles injuries and possible retirment came out the day he left to go to Afghanistan with the USO tour and he could not respond. When Quarles got back from his trip he made a statement that he was fine and he was not thinking of retiring. Seems to me like the injury and possible retirment coming out when Shelton could not defend himself was a well thought out plot by this current regime to get people thinking Shelton may be done.
The Bucs have said that Shelton understands and will probably be back with the team in some other capacity later, i wouldn't count on it with these guys in charge. Quarles knows, just like the rest of us, that he can play and he is being screwed over here. Go ask Jon Lynch about what happens in a situation like this and how he feels about this regime and how he was treated. This is another example of how this regime goes about its business and it is no wonder that players who leave here have nothing but bad things to say about the team. This is another shady move made by some a tyrant and his do boy.
Shelton, Bucs fans love you and hope you go to another team and perform just as Jon has. I for one hope you make 3 more Pro Bowls and tell this regime where to stick the "injury" you have. Thank you for all you have done for this team.
Here is a link to Shelton's interview on 620 WDAE today.