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Griese says he's glad to be back with Bucs

   Quarterback Brian Griese admits he gave coach Jon Gruden and earful for trading for him in March.

   The Chicago Bears were set to cut Griese when the Bucs sent them a sixth-round pick in exchange.

   Making his first practice appearance with the Bucs' during Tuesday's OTA's, Griese said he was unhappy the team decided to part ways with him after the 2005 season.

   Griese had gone 5-1 as a starter that year before suffering torn knee ligaments against the Miami Dolphins.

   Griese was under contract, but the Bucs had decided to go with Chris Simms as their starter in 2006 and wanted their injured quarterback to take a pay cut. He refused, was released and wound up signing with the Bears.

   So Griese insists he has some unfinished business in Tampa Bay.

   "It's tough. It was tough to go out like that with an injury that early in the season, especially with us being 5-1'' Griese said. "It hurt. It hurt bad. There's no doubt about it that I have unfinished business here. I felt very comfortable and never really wanted to leave here. I really wanted to be here and so two years later, it's good to be back. I'm off my hiatus and ready to go back to work.''


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:02pm]


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