A couple old pals
Saw a couple old friends over the weekend at Michael Clayton's charity basketball game: cornerback Juran Bolden, who was released by the Bucs earlier in the summer, and Edell Shepherd, who had a tumultuous couple of years here with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
Bolden was, as usual, in good spirits despite not having landed on a roster just yet. He's been on a few visits, including one to Detroit, and he seemed confident that his services would be needed before long. He found a silver lining in not being currently employed: he might not have to go through a full training camp, which is certainly not the worst thing in the world.
As for Shepherd, he spent last year in Houston and has now joined the Lions. He was the same happy-go-lucky guy he was while he was here and had his 1-year-old son in tow. He and his wife recently opened a clothing boutique in Carrollwood and things seem to be going well for the former Buc.
He's come a long way since his last moment in Tampa. We know you remember the dropped would-be winning touchdown reception against the Redskins in the 2005 playoffs. That, of course, came on the heels of a touchdown reception that set up a winning score during that regular season against the those same Redskins. Roller coaster year that was for Shepherd.
All in all, it was a laid-back evening even though many of the big names were no shows (JaMarcus Russell, Joseph Addai, etc).