Tim Brown won't finish career a Raider?!?!?!
Tim Brown told some of his teammates that he won't be playing for the Raiders this season. I hope he retires because I dont want him to make the same mistake Emmitt Smith did....
Emmitt Smith and the gut that NEVER should have changed teams- Jerry Rice. The list continues on...
Joe Montana as a Chief sure felt dirty
I really don't see the Packers holding on to Favre much longer at 10 + million a year in salary.
If he doesn't retire in a few years he is going to be moved out of greenbay, and they will riot. :twocents:
Brown should retire....what is he playing for anymore? to beat Jerry Rice's numbers? That would make sense if Jerry Rice weren't still playing ^_-
Brown is done really. Great career thanx for the memories.
Jerry Rice is just trying to put as much distance between himself and randy moss as he can.
I doubt Rice's main incentive for playing is to establish his already astronomical records. I also doubt that Moss will ever beat any of Rice's big records. If he has problems motivating himself to play his best as a young guy, I don't think that will translate well in his later seasons when the physical demands of the NFL really begin to ware on him.
Brown, Raiders part ways after 16 seasons
NFL.com wire reports
NAPA, Calif. (Aug. 4, 2004) -- Tim Brown is leaving the Oakland Raiders after 16 prolific seasons.
Salary cap constraints and the reality of reduced playing time for the 38-year-old veteran persuaded owner Al Davis to part ways with the last former member of the Los Angeles Raiders. Brown, who will be released Thursday, Aug. 5, holds most of the club's receiving records, and his 240 games in Silver and Black are the most in franchise history.
"This is a very emotional day for me. I have fought the battle as much as I possibly could and tried to restore the image as much as possible to the Raiders," Brown said Wednesday.
"This won't be the end of Tim Brown. I'll surface somewhere else, probably."
He ranks second in NFL history with 14,734 yards receiving and third with 1,070 catches. His 99 touchdown receptions are tied with Don Hutson for fourth, and his 14,734 all-purpose yards are fifth.
Brown won the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame before the Raiders drafted him in 1988. He soon established himself as an elite receiver, appearing in nine Pro Bowls and going nine straight seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving from 1993-2001.
Brown had 52 catches for 567 yards and two touchdowns last season, but his streak of 175 starts ended in December.
He also appeared to fall out of favor with former coach Bill Callahan. Jerry Porter and 41-year-old Jerry Rice will be the Raiders' top receivers this season.
Though Brown's quiet style sometimes seemed at odds with the Raiders' brash image, he was one of the team's most popular players even during the franchise's dismal seasons after returning to Oakland.
"It's emotionally difficult. It's a part of your life," Davis said. "Other than your family, this is your family. We've had many great players, but there are certain players you fall for. It's tough to lose him."
Brown reportedly agrees to deal with Bucs...
Re: Tim Brown won't finish career a Raider?!?!?!
Yeah this seemed like where he'd go all along. I believe the Broncos were interested too, but Gruden and the GM already have a working relationship with Brown from when they were in Oakland together. I wish him well, but it will be odd to see him in a Tampa Bay uniform this fall.
Tim Brown signs with the Bucs
Tim Brown signed Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a move that reunites the former Oakland receiver with ex-Raiders coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.
The 38-year-old, nine-time Pro Bowl receiver will be counted on to bolster a receiving corps that is in desperate need of experienced help because of injuries and Keenan McCardell's holdout.
Brown was released last week after 16 seasons with the Raiders, who told one of the most popular players in team history that he was no better than the fourth or fifth best receiver in a group that included starters Jerry Rice and Jerry Porter.
With Tampa Bay, Brown could wind up being a starter with McCardell demanding a raise after a Pro Bowl season and Joe Jurevicius out indefinitely after undergoing back surgery earlier this month.
The Bucs also think rookie receiver Michael Clayton, the team's first-round draft pick, can benefit from being around the 17th-year pro.
Brown played a franchise-record 240 games for Oakland, and his streak of 173 consecutive games with at least one reception is the second-longest in NFL history behind Rice's 273.
"It's amazing to see how this league works," Rice said from Raiders camp in Napa, Calif. "You never know where you're going to be or where you're going to end up."
He's second of the all-time list with 14,734 yards receiving, third in receptions with 1,070, tied for fourth with Hall of Famer Don Huston with 99 touchdowns and fifth with 19,434 all-purpose yards.
The 1987 Heisman Trophy winner played for Gruden from 1998-2001, the last four years in a stretch of nine consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving. Two years ago, he helped lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Gruden-led Bucs.
Last season, Brown had 52 catches for 567 yards and two TDs.
Brown could get a chance to face his former team early in the year as the Bucs travel to Oakland on Sept. 26 for a Sunday night game.
"The hype is already there," Rice said. "The second I heard he might sign with Tampa, I went, 'Oh my God. Here we go."'
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