There has been plenty of speculation running rampant with regards to what actually is going on or in this case wrong with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting guard Arron Sears for over a year. While there is no concrete evidence or even a small glimmer into the cause that lead Sears to walk away from football last year. There is however, a glimpse into why the team suddenly released him recently, after telling everyone he was progressing fine and at One Buc Place working on his strength & conditioning.
According to former Tampa Tribune beat writer Pat Yasinskas, now of ESPN.com speaking in a mailbag edition on his blog, he describes that the team released Sears due in large part to a recent set back Sears had. Which prompted the team to cut ties with the former second round pick out of Tennessee.
Greg in Tampa writes: Now that Arron Sears has been released, can you comment on what his “condition” was that caused him to miss 2009?
Pat Yasinskas: Journalistically, legally and ethically, all I can say is what the Bucs have said for a long time. Sears had a “personal issue.’’ Now, you can read between the lines and read some of the speculation that’s been out there and figure this out. It’s nothing sinister. The guy had a personal issue and he was trying to take care of it. He was coming along and he had a setback that prompted the Bucs to release him. He again is trying to get that issue under control. Sears is a talented football player and other teams are monitoring his progress. But he’s got to take care of things before he plays football again and that’s likely to be a long process.
The timing of Sears release seemed a bit strange when it was announced, as everyone was under the assumption Sears would be ready to go for training camp. However, that might have been wishful thinking on the part of the Bucs as they finally realized that he was not fully recovered and decided he would not be available for another year, thus the move to part company.