Forget About Jermaine Phillips Returning To Bucs

June 18th, 2010

Last year when Raheem the Dream took over the Bucs, he wanted them to be violent.

But in a bizarre move, Raheem the Dream took an already thin position — safety — and decided he wanted then 30-year old Jermaine Phillips to move to linebacker.

Joe said from Day 1 that was a crazy move. Good thing people at One Buc Palace read Joe. Before the 2009 training camp was finished, Phillips was back at safety.

But the injury-prone, hard-hitting safety got hurt once gain. His season was done. Then he became entangled in an ugly domestic dispute that temporarily landed him behind bars.

Phillips, a free agent, remains unemployed, so reports eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune in a TBO question-and-answer feature. And don’t hold your breath on Mark Dominik calling Phillips up to offer him a new gig.

Q:  I must have been living under a rock, but what ever happened to Jermaine Phillips? Two years ago he was a outstanding safety and now he is no longer on the team roster.

Keith Henderson, Spring Hill

A:  Phillips is free to sign with any NFL team, but he currently doesn’t have a job. Hard to believe he is washed up at the age of 31, but he is saddled with some off-field issues and he has a history of season-ending injuries. Add it all up and he’s sitting at home, waiting for a phone call. One thing’s for sure — his time with the Bucs is up.

— eye-RAH! Kaufman

This doesn’t surprise Joe one bit. Phillips had a difficult time not breaking his arms. Given the fact he’s now 31, and the Bucs are in a youth movement, this was a no-brainer.

Joe has to wonder if Phillips’ career is finished if he is still unsigned with less than two months before many training camps open.

19 Responses to “Forget About Jermaine Phillips Returning To Bucs”

  1. RahDomDaBest Says:

    ha ha…. wait, I have no comment just everyone else for the past 8 hours.

  2. Capt.Tim Says:

    Too bad! Phillips and Jackson made a great pair of safeties. And jeez, that guy could hit! All that skill, just to be let down by brittle bones. Bummer! Thanks for the good years Jermaine,and good luck!

  3. Capt.Tim Says:

    Ok,Rahdomdabest. You can now comence telling us how you hate all thing Buc!

  4. Patrick Says:

    Yet another strike by Dominik and Raheem the Dream. Philips was a fine safety for us and there was nothing wrong with him. Don’t get me started on this old age excuse. 31 is not that old! The guy recovered from a broken arm last year. And so he can’t come back because he had a thumb injury in Week 2? It really pisses me off, because the reason he got injured is obviously because Raheem the Dreams bonehead decision to move him to linebacker. And because of HIS screw up, he got injured, and is now out of a job. It was obvious from the beginning that he didn’t have the strength or size to be a linebacker. If you guys recall, Philips had a great season in 2008. That wasn’t too long ago, and now he’s not in our future plans??

    Yeah he was a great safety up until 2008 and then over a year later he just disappeared out of no where and we don’t even know where he is. Now I know that some may think “Oh, big deal, it’s freakin Jermaine Philips”. Yeah go ahead and think that. But he was actually one of best players on our defense for several years and made huge plays for us. Jermaine was vital to our defense’s success since 2002 when he came into the league.

    I don’t care what anyone says. We should’ve signed him back. This “youth movement” is pure BS, there’s nothing wrong with actually having players on the roster that have played an NFL down. Sean Jones is only 2 years younger than him.

    We supposedly have injury prone players in Angelo Crowell and CLAYTON on the roster.

  5. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    I forgot about phillips the second he broke his forearm for the 32nd time.

  6. Patrick Says:

    Joe, you think you could move this to the top of the page?? I’d like this to be a big discussion as I’ve been calling for Philips to come back all offseason. As a die hard Bucs fan, he would still help our team and my post above explains why he should be back.

    Oh, and another thing, please don’t bring up the domestic dispute. The charges against him were dropped.

  7. admin Says:

    JOe here,

    No Patrick, Joe’s not going to bump it up. And considering Joe was the ONLY outlet to report the charges were dropped, you don’t have to remind me here. …Also, PHillips’ incident may very well be relevant to NFL teams, so Joe brought it up. …Big fan of Phillips, but he’s not coming back unless the Goat or Jones goes down.

  8. Patrick Says:

    It’s all cool Joe, but thanks though.

  9. Will the Beast Says:

    Flip was a real bone breaking hitter he knocked a few lames out in his tenure here he used to blast on suckers like the after party of a jay z concert. He might end up pimping hoe’s in Detroit slap em flip em and rubb em down oh no the girl is gonna do me. I wish him the best though. Tampa don’t luv them hoe’s they put em on the track break em and ship em out hookers at the point story @ 10 peace I’m out

  10. RahDomDaBest Says:

    Jermaine breaks bones tackling the ground.

  11. jlynch Says:

    Wife beater… Wonder if he wears one????

  12. Orchard full of Idiots... Says:

    Yes, Keith, you have been living under a rock…

  13. Capt.Tim Says:

    Could anyone puzzle out what “Will the Beast ” was babbling about. Was there any kind of cohesive thought or point in that?!? Or did random thoughts just pour out, like gumballs out of a broke gumballs machine?

  14. Sgt Mike Says:

    Let’s just hope that “Raheem and his Band of Idiots” can really develop young talent and keep them around. The Phillips debacle was not a good indication of developing or finishing devoloping solid talent. Lets hope they at least get something on the learning curve from this experience. Phillips, if he stays in shape and healthy this summer(and out of trouble), will land on someones roster either as insurance or if someone is injured or gets in bigger trouble than him. Still a few teams playing the “Tampa 2” style defense that could use an excellent system player like Phillips. Good luck Jermaine. Go Bucs!

  15. Patrick Says:

    @Sgt Mike

    “Still a few teams playing the “Tampa 2″ style defense that could use an excellent system player like Philips”

    Yeah a few teams. Like… us!!!! Were one of those teams. Get rid of Sabby and bring back Philips!

  16. Sgt Mike Says:

    I agree. Sabby ” The Goat” is hard to stomach sometimes. At leats you knew that the opposing team would pay for it with Phillips. There were not many freebies with him.

  17. Patrick Says:

    @Sgt Mike

    Very true. And plus the trouble that Phillips got into with his wife shouldn’t be a huge concern. The charges WERE dropped and I don’t believe he would be detrimental to the team. Talib + Tjak have been in trouble and they’re part of the team so what difference does it make anyway. 31 is also not that old and he would provide a veteran presence in the locker room.

    As for the injury concerns with him, the injury he received last year was Raheem’s fault! You remember the linebacker experiment right?? I knew it would end up like that, as he was never big or strong enough to play LB in the first place. Now he’s out of a job because of it. And the injury was only a thumb injury, but apperently it’s so serious to where he’s not coming back. ridiculous.

    Jermaine Phillips had unfinished business here in Tampa.

  18. Kyle Says:

    ANy hope we bring him back now that t-jax is gone? i think we really need him now……

  19. joe's a slammer hammer Says:

    why hello there all of you jermaine phillips fans i am a hugeeeeeee fan of him and have been ever since he was signed into the nfl and him being taken out is unreasonable it does not make any since and if john grudon was still coach he would put him right back in as safety were he belongs and i have his game gloves from 2008 or 2007 when the first game was against the buffalo bills and they won he gave me his incredible game gloves then signed them for me he is truly a nice guy and very great super excellent at football and should be brought back cause he brings the defense together