A former football legend has seen enough of his former team and believes he can make an immediate impact if they were to sign him.
During his tenure with Tampa Bay, Simeon Rice led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title in 2002. That year, the defensive end made one of his three pro bowl appearances. In his 12 year career, Rice became the Bucs all time sack leader with 122 takedowns and forced 25 fumbles.
His long frame and unprecedented speed made him a highly scouted defender culminating in the Bucs selecting him with the No. 3 pick in the 1996 NFL Draft. This would be a major stepping stone on the road towards the Super bowl for this Bucs team which they did by branding themselves around their defense led by coordinator Monte Kiffin. The first round selections of John Lynch, Derrick Brooks, and Warren Sapp made the defense a pulverizing force throughout the late 90s and early 2000s.
Their Super Bowl run in 2002 featured a defensive unit which ranks among the best in NFL history. That year, they allowed 12.3 points per game, less than 200 yards per game through the air, and scored 9 touchdowns on defense (Brooks had five).
But now Rice is frustrated with the way his former team has played during the 2017 season. The potential Hall of Fame candidate sent a message to Buccaneers’ COO Brian Ford saying he wanted to play for the team.
“They have no pass rush,” Rice said. “None. I can get them to the playoffs. They got 10 games left. I got 12 sacks in me. Easy work.”
The Bucs have certainly had their defensive struggles this season. The Buccaneers rank dead last in the NFL in sacks this season with a mere seven in six games. Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald lead the team with two sacks each for Tampa Bay. The team currently sits dead last in their division with a 2-4 record.
It is also important to note that Rice has found great success off the playing field. Aside from being in remarkable shape for his age, Rice graduated from the New York Film Academy in 2009 and has gone on to direct a short film in 2011 and a full feature length film called, Unsullied, released in August 2015. Rice also started his own Hip Hop/R&B label called “Lucid Dream Entertainment.”
As Rice hangs on the fringes of the entertainment industry, it would undoubtedly make for an interesting decision if the Bucs were to sign the extremely talented pass rusher.