All of the players reported to One Buccaneer Place early Thursday morning, including Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Brian Price. However, shortly thereafter, Price was sent to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in 2013.
Price, of course, has battled through the death of his sister, and he was also hospitalized for exhaustion. He has had to cope with many off-the-field issues, and because of this, he hasn’t been effective on the field for the Buccaneers. Price was a second-round draft pick in 2010, and it’s fair to say that he hasn’t lived up to the expectations. He will now get to start fresh in Chicago with the Bears.
Also worth noting is that the final decision on Price was reportedly made after he failed a conditioning test on Thursday. All of those details haven’t been sorted out yet, but it is unlikely that this was the final reason that prompted Tampa Bay to trade Price.
The team also made additional roster moves on Thursday and Friday. The Buccaneers announced that they have signed LB Thomas Williams, formerly of the Carolina Panthers, to a two-year deal.
In a surprising move, the Buccaneers waived wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who was expected to make the team and play a prominent role in the offense. Briscoe, however, was frequently absent throughout the off-season, and this may have prompted the Buccaneers to release him. Defensive back Kevin Holland was also released on Thursday.
Early Friday morning, right before camp, the Buccaneers announced the signing of wide receiver Landon Cox and cornerback Marquese Wheaton. Cox entered the league in 2011 as an undrafted free agent after playing at Northern Illinois. Likewise, Wheaton also came into the league as an undrafted free agent, and attended the University of Southern Mississippi.
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