Biggs: Bucs bring back Sears

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reinstated guard Arron Sears today, the first step toward the talented offensive lineman resuming his career.

Sears has not been with the team since March, and was placed on the reserve/did not report list when the Bucs reported to training camp. Sources have said that Sears has been dealing with mental health issues, although the team has simpy said that Sears’ absence is for personal reasons.

A second-round draft pick in 2007, Sears started his first two seasons in Tampa. He’s been replaced this season by Jeremy Zuttah.

Under terms of his return, the Bucs will have a roster exemption for two weeks. Sears will be eligible to do everything but play in games during that time. At the end of the two weeks, the team would need to make a roster move to create a space for him on its 53-man roster.

“We welcome Arron back to the team,” Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said in a statement. “Throughout this process, we have remained in close contact with Arron and his agent and this is a good opportunity to integrate himself back into our football team.”

It seems unlikely that Sears would be in a position to contribute to the team this season, but it’s possible he could put himself in a position to play some time in December.

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