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Bonus mailbag: Buccaneers

5/4/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Today's team-by-team mailbags brought a flurry of follow-up questions and new questions. In an effort to stay ahead of the mailbag avalanche, I've decided to do a quick bonus mailbag for each team.

Here's the Tampa Bay edition.

Aaron in Richmond writes: I am wondering about the status of Caddilac Williams. He looked like he was ready to produce again at a high level last year before suffering the injury. Is his time in Tampa up, or will he get another shot?

Pat Yasinskas: Nobody is ready to give up on Cadillac Williams in Tampa Bay. The guy made an amazing recovery to return last year and his latest knee injury isn't nearly as severe as the first. Williams is rehabbing the knee and says he'll be ready for training camp. I don't doubt it. But keep it all perspective. If the Bucs get him back and he's anything like he was before the injuries, it's icing on the cake. Meantime, the Bucs are in good shape with Derrick Ward and Earnest Graham (and maybe a bit of Clifton Smith) at running back.


Luke in parts unknown writes: Have the Bucs hit the salary minimum requirement for the team payroll yet for the 2009 season?

Pat Yasinskas: Yes, it's my understanding that they have hit the minimum.


Ben in Cocoa,Fl writes: Hey Pat, Have you heard anything about what D.Brooks is up to? What are the chances of him being a Buc next year?

Pat Yasinskas: I know it's a tough pill to swallow, but I can guarantee you Derrick Brooks will not be a Buccaneer this season. If that were even remotely possible, the Bucs wouldn't have let him go in the first place. They've made a clean (and painful) break and are committed to going with youth. That's not going to change. Brooks has said he wants to play again. I suspect he's already weighing offers from other teams and will continue to do so. If somebody can give him a situation where he'll get significant playing time, he'll take it. If not, retirement becomes a possibility.