Friday, 2 p.m.
We've filed our latest edition of "Bucs Faceoff." In this edition, your humble Bucs experts, Tyler Frazier and Matthew Postins, discuss the future of quarterback Josh Freeman. Do they agree on how his development must proceed going into 2010? Find out in this exclusive article by clicking here.
Offseason Priority No. 2
Monday, 6 p.m.
He's the one player the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cannot do without in 2010. As the Bucs skew younger and younger on both sides of the ball, this player will provide the experience and the ballast they need to grow into a contender again. But will he be back in 2010? Making sure this veteran remains in Tampa Bay should be offseason priority No. 2. Want to know who it is? just click here.
The Last Word on Gaines
Monday, 5:30 p.m.
It's taken me a day to digest the news of Gaines Adams' passing at age 26 of an apparent heart attack.
By all accounts, Adams was a nice guy who was simply blessed with plenty of unrealized athletic ability. In the time that I was around Adams in the locker room, he never raised his voice, never seemed frustrated with the endless questions about his playing ability and spoke with a soft Carolina drawl that reassured you that country folk still had good hearts. At times, I actually thought he was too laid back. But athletes can't be at full throttle all the time. Adams always seemed, to me, to be very relaxed.
I liked what Stylez G. White said about him this weekend. He said he never had to ask about his family because the photos were all over his locker. Adams apparently had kids – something I wasn't aware of until this weekend -- and one of the reasons he didn't live full time in Tampa was because he wanted to be closer to them in the offseason. It's amazing that I was around Adams for two and a half years and never knew that. It was never something he offered. Private and quiet seemed to be his M.O. Given what we know about him now, it would seem he passed away in the right place – back at home, around his family. At least the last thing he saw in this world were the people he loved. We should all be that lucky.
Buccaneers react to Adams passing
Sunday, 7:00 p.m.
Buccaneers Co-Chairman Joel Glazer
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Gaines Adams during this sad day. It is a tragedy to lose someone at such a young age and our entire organization is deeply saddened by this news."
Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik
"Gaines was a part of the Buccaneer family and this is a tragic loss. Everyone who met Gaines came away knowing what a great young man that he was."
Buccaneers Head Coach Raheem Morris
"Gaines will be missed by all of us, especially by his teammates in our locker room. He was a true team player and a positive influence to everyone he met. My prayers go out to his family."
Buccaneers Cornerback Ronde Barber
"Gaines was a quiet, humble kid and is far too young to be gone. He had so much potential that had yet to be achieved and I am very sad that the full extent of his life won't be realized."
Buccaneers Defensive Tackle Chris Hovan
"Today is a very tragic day for Gaines' family, friends and teammates. I still don't want to believe that it is true. I am deeply saddened that we have lost someone who I considered a friend for life. When he came to Tampa I took Gaines under my wing; I considered him my little brother and that's how I will always remember him. This is all so unreal and it hasn't really hit me yet."
Buccaneers Defensive End Jimmy Wilkerson
"I will always remember Gaines as someone who was fun to be around. He was definitely a people person, a very friendly guy. He was taken far too soon from us and he will surely be missed. I know that God has a plan for everyone and all that we can do is extend our thoughts and prayers to the Adams family during this difficult time."
Gaines Adams dead at 26
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
According to the Greenville News, former Buccaneer Gaines Adams died this morning after being taken to the emergency room
A few hours after the news first broke, Adam Schefter tweeted that Greenwood County Coroner James T. Coursey said that an autopsy results showed that Adams suffered cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart.
CUTigers.com reports that Adams is believed to be asleep when the cardiac arrest took place.
The Chicago Bears issued the following statement on the death of Gaines Adams:
"We are stunned and saddened by the news of Gaines' passing. Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time."
Adams was selected by the Buccaneers with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft and was with the team until being traded a few months ago to the Chicago Bears prior to the trading deadline. In three seasons with the Bucs, Adams started in 29 games and registered 63 tackles, 13.5 sacks and two interceptions.
Adams was born in Greenville and chose to stay in South Carolina and would become a star for Clemson and was named the 2006 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
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