Quarterback Chris Simms got what he was wishing for months ago. Heck, what he wished for at the start of training camp. Heck, what he gladly would taken last week.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally released the veteran. Because he is a vested veteran he does not have to clear waivers and thus he is a free agent. With Simms' departure, the Bucs go from five to four quarterbacks--Jeff Garcia, Brian Griese, Luke McCown and Josh Johnson.
It's unknown if his availability is of interest to the Bears, who were known to be monitoring the Simms' situation when training camp opened.
At various times Dallas, Detroit and Green Bay have been linked as possible suitors for his services. The more the Bears have seen of Caleb Hanie, the more they have liked him, leading to his spot on the 53-man roster. Simms isn't necessarily a young quarterback anymore at 28. He's a few days younger than Rex Grossman, also 28, and three years older than Kyle Orton, 25.
As always, stay turned.