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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

It took a week, but as expected, WR Tim Brown is now a Buc.

A bit of a backstory: Tim Brown was somewhat close to becoming a Buccaneer about ten years ago. Back then, the orangesicle-clad Yucks were embroiled in a prolonged contract dispute with restricted free-agent tackle Paul Gruber, who was the only player on that roster of any real value. It got to the point where the team tried to work out a deal to ship him out to the Raiders (then still in Los Angeles). Tim Brown was initially thought to be the player coming the other way. I'm not sure just how solid that was; I think Al Davis was pushing a draft pick instead. Eventually, talks broke down, and there never was a deal. Gruber stayed a Buc for the rest of his career, and Brown stayed with the Raiders--until now.

In any case, I don't think Brown's addition is going to make any difference for Tampa Bay this year. I don't expect all these imported vets to jell, and the result will be seven wins--if they're lucky. (Actually, I'm thinking more like five or six wins.)

I'm a bit surprised the Dolphins didn't go after him, in an effort to reverse their run of bad luck. It could be that Brown made up his mind to reunite with Gruden earlier than today's signing indicates. In any case, Miami's likely going to tap Antonio Freeman as David Boston's replacement. Like it matters at this point.