Reaction to a wild Wednesday
The shocking news out of One Buc Place today caught many off guard. Here's a roundup of reaction after the team cut LBs Derrick Brooks and Cato June, WRs Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard and RB Warrick Dunn.
Former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, who coached Brooks during Kiffin's entire tenure in Tampa Bay:
"To me, he's a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer. You can take that to the bank. He's been a big part of our success in Tampa. And, for me as a coach, he's been such a big part of my success. I'll always be grateful."
Center Jeff Faine, one of the core players contacted Wednesday by coach Raheem Morris:
"You know that one day this is going to happen because it's something that is part of the business. But you won't come across a bigger professional than Derrick Brooks. All those guys (who were cut), I'd want them in my locker room."
Former defensive tackle Warren Sapp:
Brooks was "simply the best defensive player I've ever played with, including me. Nobody was more prepared for Sunday, and you couldn't stop him. The best (weakside) linebacker to ever play."
Former Buc Greg Spires, a one-time FSU teammate of Brooks:
"He'll be the second Buc in the Hall of Fame for sure. But his legacy off the field is untouchable. That's going to be the biggest thing. . . He always did the right thing. You don't play the game this many years without doing the right things. I hope he has his number retired in Tampa."
"I wouldn't say it was a surprise, especially with the way the season went for me last year in Tampa. I fully understand that when you sit down start making business decisions that sometimes guys don't fit into what you plan do."
On his future, he added, "I'd like to go to a team that's looking to win something (and is) heading in the right direction. . . I've been in it for 14 years and I have not caught on to that shooting star team yet. Maybe this is my chance."