The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have reinstated G Arron Sears to the team. The 6-foot-3, 319-pound Sears started 31 games for the Bucs at left guard from 2007 – 2008 seasons. He was drafted by Tampa in the second-round (35th pick overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Under the terms of his reinstatement, the team will have a two-week exemption in which Sears will not count towards the Buccaneers 53-man active roster. He is eligible to practice with the team and attend all team activities. Sears was placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list on July 31, 2009.
“We welcome Arron back to the team,” said Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik in a press release. “Throughout this process we have remained in close contact with Arron and his agent, and this is a good opportunity for him to integrate himself back into our football team.”
For Sears to gain a year of eligibility towards free agency he needed to be on the active roster or on IR for a minimum of atleast 6 games, so by him reporting this week, he in effect will still get credit for the entire 2009 season. If indeed, it was true and he was suffering from some sort of mental instability how effective will he actually be? Considering the team is flip flopping between two different schemes, one of which he has not even practiced, further how is his conditioning and is two weeks a long enough time to evaluate a player who was fighting inner demons whether they were real or make believe?