Huggins Out Of The Picture

July 30th, 2011

Good guy running back Kareem Huggins, once “the driving force of our football team,” per Raheem Morris, is looking for work.

Huggins was at the player-only minicamp in Bradenton last month, but he’s not a Buccaneer, so said Raheem Morris today.

“He’s not on our football team right now,” Raheem said.

Joe suspects he’ll keep battling back to get another shot. Undrafted and out of football in 2008, Huggins was a practice squad legend in 2009, and then ripped up his knee against New Orleans last October.

Joe wishes Huggins well.

34 Responses to “Huggins Out Of The Picture”

  1. BucFan941 Says:

    ITS SAD Couldn’t stay on the field..good luck bro

  2. Captain Stagger Says:

    Had such high hopes…. 🙁

  3. Capt.Tim Says:

    Good luck. Bad news for a good guy.
    Think Bucs have steered more towards “battering Ram” than” jack rabbit” after the fun they had last year.

  4. Jrock Says:

    Can’t say I’m sorry to see him go. He’s always been injured, and I’ve never seen anything outside of preseason to make me want Huggins carrying the football.

    I do wish him well though – if he could have stayed healthy he could have been another Earnest Graham feel good story.

  5. Patrick Says:

    Sad news, Huggins had some talent. Hope he gets another opportunity somewhere else.

  6. Macabee Says:

    Capt. Tim, I don’t know quite what to say, but your eloquence is without equal in the blogosphere. I am sure there is more to come!!!

  7. Dan Says:

    ruud to titans… one year deal!

  8. Capt.Tim Says:

    Macabee- lol

  9. Gary Says:

    Hey Eric, Brandon Marshall has borderline personality disorder. What a great pickup he would have been! Fool.

  10. josh p Says:

    bye bye mr. ruud. one year with the titans.. have fun with that tenn

  11. m.wesley Says:

    I cant wait to see Ruud cover Winslow or tackle Blount

  12. K2theSoldier Says:

    @Gary, lol what?? As if BPD makes you a bad football player? Marshall is a stud regardless. Cmon man.

  13. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Ruud only got a one year deal from the Titans. Add that to the fact that he said, “I found some mutual interest”, and it seems the Bucs didn’t even make him an offer. No mutual interest. He wanted to stay here but apparently in spite of what Raheem, K2, Ronde & everyone else had to say Dominik wasn’t in agreement. Interesting.

  14. Gary Says:

    I’m not denying his skills but when you consider his constant headaches and the chance we wouldn’t have mike or benn, it was a good decision to stay away from him.

  15. Gary Says:

    Not even an offer to keep Ruud? Wow that’s surprising. I think rah was being nice about wanting to keep him. Dom wouldn’t go against him like that.

  16. Dew Says:

    Ok so Dominik, explain to me again who is suppose to play MLB? Not one player with a NFL snap at MLB on our roster? And while you’re at it, please tell me who is playing TE (1,2 &3) if K2 goes down in the first game?

  17. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    2.2…well, you’re wrong again as usual. The best offer Ruud received was only a one-year deal. If a player is considered a possible cornerstone of a defense or a dynamic addition they get more than a one-year deal, especially when they’re only 27 or 28 years old.

    Ruud won’t get anywhere near $11 million guaranteed. It’s the total contract guarantee that really speaks loudly about what a team thinks about a player, not a one-year tryout prove-it-to-us deal like Ruud just got.

  18. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Well, either we sign Tulloch or Dominik was serious when he said he has confidence in McKenzie and Foster. I don’t see Barnett being the answer here. He’s frequently injured and he’s at the end of his career.

  19. Gary Says:

    Everyone is getting worked up over a rookie making calls at MLB. Someone else is allowed to have comm besides the MLB right? So why can’t Quincy call plays until the rookies learn? Of course a rookie makes mistakes regardless so It won’t be easy.

  20. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Gary, I think it will be Ronde…but it could end up being Barber.

    Speaking of RBs, the eagles let go of the undrafted rookie Noel Devine. He shows some primise and is fast. Kick return ability and can catch out of the backfield.

    He would come at rookie minimum. Anyone know much about him?

  21. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Gary…between Quincy & Ronde they can get everyone in position as McKenzie and/or Foster learn. It’s not the tragedy some people will try to make it out to be.

    I kinda feel bad for Ruud. He only had one suitor and it was only for a single year contract. His rep took a big hit because of his performance in 2010. I wonder if he can recover or if he slowly fades out from this point forward.

  22. Dew Says:

    It’s called MLB for a reason. It’s not about making the calls. Even Free wasn’t ready to take us to the Super Bowl in year one. We’re being cheap still IMO. Plain and simple.

  23. BecklesHeartsRuud Says:

    Wow!!! ONE YEAR DEAL??? Thats exactly the kind of deal teams give a washed up veteran bum until they can go out and draft his replacement the next offseason. Guess the market decided what Ruud was worth and NOBODY offered him the lucrative long term contract he desired.

  24. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    2.2 is gonna be pissed. He’s been making all sorts of grand prognostications about Ruud and everything he’s said has fallen flat now. Pretty funny, actually.

  25. m.wesley Says:

    Im sitting here having a tall screwdriver in my Bucs cup life is great,got my pewter Sapp jersey on my boys got on Duun and Alstott.Its raining outside and Ruud jersey at the door to catch the mud.What a perfect world.

  26. Patrick Says:

    If they SERIOUSLY believe that Tyrone McKenzie can start next year, then I guess they don’t want to make a playoff push at all. If he’s good enough to start, then anyone else should be. He’s supposed to be a guy that’s not even a lock to make the team, not a candidate to start!

  27. tony2cents Says:

    I get the feeling that the Glazers are giving Dom & co. one more year to rebuild/develop, and for Dom, the time has come to for someone else to step up at MLB.

    Our coaches want nothing short of violent players on D, and Ruud will just never be that type of guy. We need guys with heart, willing to give up a concussion or two during the season. Maybe thats a bit extreme, but you get my drift.

  28. Lombardi Ambition (L.A.) Says:

    The Noel Devine era already is over in Philly! according to florio. maybe a second chance for dom.

  29. Kryq Says:

    Huggins will probably go to UFL, and I don’t see why not look at Tulloch..

  30. Dan Says:

    if tulloch wasnt worth keeping instead of ruud, then we dont want him

  31. SRQBucFan Says:

    FA isn’t over. Still ALOT of names on the bored. Plus don’t forget some more surprise cuts to be made. I’m Sure we will pick up some quality competition for starting spots. With some leadership qualities also. It’s only been like 30 hours since FA signing has begun. I am happy with what has been done so far. We first spent money on bringing back important pieces to our young team. Brought in a Punter/Kick off specialist so Barth can focus just on FG’s(which was a HUGE HUGE HOLE we needed to fill mind you). We still have a few in house FA’s i would like to see us sign. Like Cadillac. We still have money for the next couple years to give some of our OWN stars who will be hitting FA, IE LaGarrete Blount (remember he only is on a 1 or 2 year deal atm). But i also seeing us grabbing a few mid level talent for leadership and depth in some of our holes. Just don’t see us snagging a BIG name, unless the get cut sometime in the next week or so. Maybe like Asante Samuel? who knows.

  32. Matt B Says:

    …And now back to Huggins.

    Small stature, Big heart

    Good luck to you.

  33. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I am glad to see Huggins go. He had little power, just speed, and can’t stay healthy.

  34. Eric Says:

    How can we conduct meaningful practices and further develop our outstanding run defense without Huggins, the driving force?