Brooks Way Off Radar

August 25th, 2009

"You really think I'm not as good as Bo Ruud?"

Maybe Joe needs to get over any hope that Derrick Brooks will play for the 2009 Buccaneers.

After Angelo Crowell was lost for the season on Saturday, Joe was holding out slim hope Mark Dominik might get on the phone to  Brooks. After all, Crowell was never going to play special teams and he had a big salary the Bucs now won’t have to pay, so Brooks could have been a good fit as a replacement.

But Joe’s hope was quashed. Dominik had Bo Ruud, Barrett’s kid brother, on speed dial. He was drafted by the Patriots last year and was cut after spending nearly the entire season on injured reserve.

Go, Bo! Joe hopes you’re better than Derrick Brooks.

Update: Yes, Joe was incorrect here when writing the Bucs were not on the hook for Crowell’s salary. In Joe’s tired mind, Joe was thinking about the various incentives in Crowell’s deal that were reported to be about $1.5 million. Now he won’t be earning those and that could be money to sign Brooks. That said, depending on the severity of Crowell’s bicep injury, the Bucs might negotiate an injury settlement if he has a shot at returning this season.

6 Responses to “Brooks Way Off Radar”

  1. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Its not about “placing the best players on the field” this is about not looking bad. The problem is that our defense will be the worst ranked by the bye week. Put that in stone Buc fans.

  2. Jerry Says:

    Hey Joe- Love your website! I would love to see Brooks for 1 more year, but I don’t think it will happen unless a starting LB goes down. And is that correct about Crowell? He was placed on I.R. so I thought the Bucs are on the hook for his entire salary. Can they do an injury settlement? And if they do, would he still be a Buc? Keep up the good work!! Jerry in Seminole

  3. Jeff Says:

    Joe, yes, what Jerry said above….aren’t the Bucs still responsible for his $2 mil base salary. Surely they don’t get off the hook just because a player gets hurt.

  4. Jerry Says:

    Thanks for the update!

  5. Sgt Mike Says:

    I think they are on the hook for the base but once your on IR your salary does not count the same way towards the cap and it gets stickier if the player comes back after what 6-8 weeks. I think the cap and not paying out incentives is the big deal here. I may be wrong.

  6. Chris Says:

    Buc Realist, you’re a piece of work. It’s really easy to say they’re going to be the worst D. Have you not seen the push from the front 4? Don’t you think Bates has made chicken soup out of chicken sh#t before? If DB was such a viable option why hasn’t he caught on with the other 31 teams in the league? He has put something on tape that has the league concerned about his level of play. We, as Buc fans, would just sort of pull at our collars when DB was either ran over, cut-back on, or exposed in open space over the past couple years. Now I’m a huge DB fan (with the Noles & Bucs), but everything comes to an end. I just wished the team would have given him the option to publicly retire rather than subject him to all this mess.