Sears' situation was delicate for Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a decision they had hoped they would never have to on Monday when the team released guard Arron Sears, ending what had been about a six-month effort in re-starting his career.

Sears missed the entire 2009 season as he battled depression, according to a league source who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He left the team last April and following a long absence returned quietly in November.

When his return was announced, the plan was to let Sears work his way into shape and see where he was at for this coming season. Those efforts never really materialized, especially the program to get Sears in football shape. He was one of the veterans let go on Monday, and the source said Sears simply wasn’t going to be able to return to being the player the Bucs knew him to be after making him a second-round draft pick in 2007. He started 31 games for the club in his first two seasons, and obviously it has been a delicate matter for the organization.

"It's a sad deal,'' center Jeff Faine told the Tampa Tribune. "I don't know how much control he had over what was going on, but he's a great guy, a great teammate, a guy you loved being around.''

General manager Mark Dominik appeared on WDAE 620-AM and said the move was best for the team: "I respect Arron. We spent a lot of time working with Arron over the last year and with his agent Sean Kiernan and we just decided this was the right decision for the team and for Arron.''

Hopefully, Sears can one day launch a comeback if that is something he desires to do.

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