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Disappointed Dez Briscoe blindsided by release from Bucs



dezmon.jpgDez Briscoe never saw it coming. When he was told of his release from the Bucs’ roster today, he was blindsided by the news. And disappointed, too.

“We were surprised. Dez loved it there,” his agent, Erik Burkhardt said. “He loves Josh Freeman. He loves the team.”

But his time in Tampa Bay ended abruptly, on the day players reported to One Buc Place. Burkhardt said the team did not cite a specific reason for the player’s release, saying he was told only that the club was going in another direction.

Most disappointing, Burkhardt said, was the fact his client seemed to be an ascending player who was in a place where he hoped to thrive. Briscoe led the Bucs in receiving touchdowns in 2011.

“He had six touchdowns and led the team in what was basically his rookie year,” Burkhardt said. “Very few receivers catch six touchdowns when they’re the No. 3 guy on an offense that doesn’t score many touchdowns.”

Briscoe was on the active roster for just two games as a rookie in 2010.

“So, he basically has seven career touchdowns in 18 games,” Burkhardt said. “And it’s not like he was ever a lead option. The guy averages a touchdown every other game and he’s a late-round pick who they never targeted. That’s an impressive figure.”

Burkhardt wouldn’t speculate on what role, if any, Briscoe’s offseason absences played in the team’s decision. But he defended Briscoe’s character in spite of his very public issues with his reality-star girlfriend and the mother of his son that played out in Twitter exchanges over the summer.

“Yes, he had his personal issues this offseason, but he’s a great kid,” Burkhardt said. “He doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink. He’s a very quiet guy.

“But I respect it. Greg (Schiano) is the head coach. And Dez is really appreciative of the organization because they gave him a chance to get his career started. And we think it’s still going to be a successful career.”

[Last modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 9:54pm]


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