According to the teams website, there is a press conference scheduled for 3:00 pm eastern time, today. The team officially released a statement through it’s website. Announcing they have released 14 year veteran OLB Derrick Brooks, along with receivers Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard, running back Warrick Dunn and linebacker Cato June.
“Our family and the entire Tampa Bay community owe Derrick an indescribable measure of gratitude for all that he has meant over the last 14 years,” said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer. “His play on the field and leadership in the locker room helped resurrect our franchise and we look forward to celebrating his certain enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
We will have more on this story as it becomes available, throughout the course of the evening. Here are the actual quotes from the Buccaneers team website.
General Manager Mark Dominik
On Derrick Brooks:
“I have had the fortune of being here for all 14 seasons of Derrick’s extraordinary career, and have seen firsthand the impact he has had on every aspect of this organization. He was a true professional in every sense of the word. He will forever represent the standard by which all future Buccaneers are measured.”
On Warrick Dunn:
“Warrick Dunn has represented this organization on so many levels with his unselfishness on and off the field. He is a great football player and unmatched competitor. Warrick’s work in the community is evident by the number of people he has touched with his kindness.”
On Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard and Cato June:
“We thank Joey, Ike and Cato for their contributions to this franchise over the last several years. They were crucial to our success and we appreciate all of their hard work.”
Head Coach Raheem Morris
On Derrick Brooks:
“There is no way to adequately thank Derrick Brooks for his years of dedication and service to this team and community, or for his impact on me personally. He is a once in a lifetime kind of player and man, and I am very fortunate to have had the chance to work with him and learn from him. Those who played with him and coached him are better because of it.”
On the other released players:
“All of these guys are very special in our hearts and within our organization. I would like to thank them for their dedication and commitment to our franchise over the years.”