If you haven't been paying much attention to the Bucs this offseason, don't worry, you haven't missed much. There have been so few Bucs stories in the papers, that reporters are stooping to writing entire articles about how the Bucs MIGHT draft a kicker. A kicker!
And who can blame them considering the biggest story this offseason has been the CBA negotiations, a subject so boring sheep count CBA cap figures to fall asleep. Although I will criticize the Times and Tribune for their poor job of covering the local angle on this story (but then again that may be because the Glazer family is in the witness protection program).
After the CBA negotiations, the second biggest story is the Simms/Griese negotiations which were a done deal before they started. The Bucs don't have the cap room to keep both players, and if one is going to be cut it will be the older of the two, Griese. The only question has been when and how Bruce Allen will resign Simms.
The St. Pete Times runs a story hinting at the fact that Simms wants a one year tender which will allows him to enter free agency next season. Normally a player in Simms situation demands a multiyear, expensive contract but, with the possibility of an uncapped season still on the table, every agent worth his salt (which Tom Condon certainly is) is doing everything they can to make their client a free agent next offseason.
Simms is taking a huge risk by asking for a one year tender. If Simms is seriously injured (knock on wood) then he will get nothing next offseason. On the other hand, if Simms stays healthy and continues his current level of play he is headed for a huge payday, whether or not a new CBA is negotiated.