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Postscripts — Rice's release a total stunner

Simeon Rice's release from the Buccaneers on Thursday came as a complete surprise to most observers. Bucs expert Matthew Postins observes that the reasons for the release might lead one to scratch his head, and that the release damages Tampa Bay's efforts to improve its pass rush in 2007.

How unexpected was Simeon Rice's release? Most of the media had already dispersed from the team hotel to write their stories for the next day when Bucs media relations personnel called them about the 8 p.m. press conference. How upset was Derrick Brooks? Reportedly, he was in tears as he escorted Rice to his car (this is according to Rice, by the way). How weird is this whole situation? Very... Recommended Stories