Price failed conditioning run, then was traded
Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price reported to training camp Thursday in good physical shape and confident his emotional scars also had begun to heal.
Price had a tumultuous off-season. In addition to still feeling the effects of pelvic surgery in 2011, he lost a third sibling when his sister, Bridgett James, died in a hit-and-run automobile accident in May.
The Bucs former second-round pick from UCLA weighed in at 303 pounds Thursday, nearly 30 pounds lighter than he arrived at One Buc Place a year earlier. All that was left to do was complete the mandatory conditioning test administered by coach Greg Schiano, which consisted of 16, 110-yard sprints with a 45 second rest period between intervals, and he could begin to breathe a little easier.
But after finishing only four sprints, Price heard and felt a sickening pop, which was extremely painful. Trainers rushed to his side and later determined that Price most likely tore some scar tissue and would be good to go in a few days.
Apparently, Schiano had seen enough.
Several hours later, Price was traded to the Chicago Bears for a conditional draft pick, believed to be a seventh-rounder. The deal is contingent on Price passing a physical.
After hearing the news, Price was quiet and thought about the best way to explain the situation to his sister's two boys, whom he plans to adopt and had just arrived from Los Angeles. As the day wore on, he began to warm up to the idea of playing for Bears head coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
If nothing else, Schiano has demonstrated little patience for players who don't 'buy in,' to his system, having already released safety Tanard Jackson and traded both tight end Kellen Winslow and Price.