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Simms still undecided about minicamp

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Chris Simms said last night his flight from New Jersey was delayed three hours due to bad weather. His arrival to the Bucs three-day mandatory minicamp may also be late. Or postponed.

Simms said he was undecided whether to attend any of the four workouts scheduled today through Thursday. Last week, the Bucs' beleaguered quarterback put those odds at 50 percent.

Judging from his tone, don't expect Simms to show up this week. He will be subject to a fine. Unlike the Organized Team Activities, these workouts are not voluntary.

The Bucs would like to at least evaluate Simms' physical condition. He claims to be 100 percent healthy.

But Simms has some distrust of the Bucs' organization and you get the feeling he doesn't want them to entertain any ideas of keeping him much longer.

Simms reiterated that he will report to training camp if he still is on the Bucs' roster. In many ways, it's probably best for Simms and the Bucs if he stays away from the club this week. His appearance would just create more distraction.

General manager Bruce Allen has said he wants Simms to compete. The Bucs have five quarterbacks on their roster and it's appearing more likely they will only take four to training camp. If so, that final spot would belong to either Simms or fifth-round pick Josh Johnson.

Frankly, I can't remember a draft pick under Allen being released before training camp. The Bucs feel Simms has some value and would like to trade him for a draft pick or perhaps another player. But the 80-man roster limit for training camp this year is pretty restrictive and keeping five QBs wouldn't make sense.

Last week, Simms said he could no longer play for Gruden. Allen has suggested that it was a ''PR stunt," presumably orchestrated by his agent, Tom Condon. Simms says he simply wants to be released and could no longer keep his silence on the matter.

"I'm not backing down," Simms said.

One player who has not attended the Bucs' off-season workouts will be at the mandatory minicamp today -- running back Earnest Graham.

Graham has missed OTA's before, but it's hard to believe his absence is not somewhat contract-related. What he will discover this week is that Warrick Dunn and Michael Bennett have benefitted from the extra reps they received this off-season. But the competition at the running back position is certainly better with Graham in the mix.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:03pm]

    

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