Bucs shake up roster, trade Price, waive Briscoe
The Bucs followed an offseason of change with two bold moves on the first day of training camp, trading 2010 second-round pick Brian Price to the Bears for an undisclosed draft pick and waiving 2011 touchdown reception leader Dezmon Briscoe.
Price’s trade to Chicago is contingent on his passing a physical, the Bucs said.
The team did not comment on its motives for the moves, but both players have had various issues through the offseason.
Price, a defensive tackle, has struggled in his first two seasons dealing with a rare condition in his hamstring and pelvic areas and has had a difficult time coping with the recent death of his sister, a tragedy that left him so physically and emotionally drained that he required hospitalization.
Price also was involved in an altercation during offseason workouts with first-round pick Mark Barron, reportedly getting into a fistfight with the former Alabama star. After that, Price and the Bucs agreed he should spend the rest of the offseason at home in Los Angeles.
“I needed my family,” Price told The Tampa Bay Times earlier this week. “I was down and out. I never felt like this before. They felt it was right for me to be with my family and that's what I needed the most. It's hard to grieve on your own and be all the way on the other side of the country from the only people who understand what you're going through.”
Briscoe, who caught a team-high six touchdowns in 2011, missed a number of voluntary offseason workouts because of a family matter, something that likely did not endear him to first-year coach Greg Schiano.
While the coach never suggested Briscoe would be punished for it, Briscoe is just one of several young receivers fighting for roster spots and playing time.
The Bucs also announced the signing of linebacker Thomas Williams, a third-year player who played for the Panthers last season, to a two-year contract. Williams started two games in Carolina and was a 2008 fifth-round pick of the Jags.
In other moves, safety Devin Holland was waived and defensive end Da'Quan Bowers and cornerback Derrick Roberson were placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List.