It’s been really slow going on the NFL transactions wire lately, aside from the spate of draft-pick signings. But Monday, the Buccaneers finally released QB Brian Griese. Here are some thoughts on the move; you can see how it compares to other post-draft cuts in this post.
Griese’s second tour of duty in Tampa Bay came to an end, and it wasn’t unexpected. After signing Luke McCown to a backup-quality deal in the offseason, then adding Byron Leftwich, and then drafting Josh Freeman in the first round, there was simply no room for Griese. The 11-year veteran still has enough to be a decent backup if he wants to keep playing, but he also has been around long enough that retirement could be an option. If it is, the former third-round pick who succeeded John Elway can rest in the fact that he had a solid if unspectacular career.