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Greg Spires | Defensive Lineman

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (43) / 8/12/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 265
College: Florida State
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 3 (83) / NE

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Raiders agreed to terms with Greg Spires.
The Bucs-Raiders pipeline continues to go both ways. Spires could be of use to Oakland as a reserve, but he's no lock to make the roster after missing six games last year. He'll compete with DEs Jay Richardson and Kalimba Edwards. Sat, May 10, 2008 04:14:00 PM

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The Bucs are expected to release DL Greg Spires this offseason.

Tampa isn't going to pay Spires, 33, nearly $4 million to be a fourth end in 2008. The Lions and old line coach Rod Marinelli could have interest.
Wed, Jan 23, 2008 06:43:00 PM

Bucs DE Greg Spires confirmed Wednesday that he has a torn left calf muscle and will be out another two-to-three weeks.

Spires initially believed he'd ruptured his Achilles' tendon, which for the 33-year-old may have been a career ending injury. Instead, the Bucs will keep him on the roster and hope he's able to help during the stretch run.
Wed, Nov 14, 2007 12:56:00 PM

Bucs DE Greg Spires will be out for at least a few weeks with a calf sprain according to defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Spires had an MRI on Monday, so it's somewhat positive news that the team expects him to return this season. First-round rookie Gaines Adams will see increased playing time in his absence, but Greg White is likely to start.
Thu, Nov 1, 2007 10:27:00 AM

Bucs DE Greg Spires says he has an Achilles' strain.

The St. Petersburg Times speculates that there's a chance his Achilles' tendon could be torn or partially torn. An MRI Monday will reveal more information. Gaines Adams might get a start if Spires sits out in Week 9.
Sun, Oct 28, 2007 11:25:00 PM

Bucs usual DE Greg Spires could move to under tackle this season.

If Gaines Adams develops early, the move would make plenty of sense. Spires could then rotate with Kevin Carter and bolster the Bucs’ interior pass rush. Carter might also make a run at the starting left defensive end position.
Tue, Jul 17, 2007 01:40:00 PM

Bucs defensive end Greg Spires is concerned he'll be cut after the team signed Kevin Carter to a four-year, $25 million contract on Monday.

It's believed the scenario is unlikely because $1.6 million of Spires' base pay is guaranteed. Still, Spires or Ellis Wyms may see a reduced role.
Tue, Mar 6, 2007 10:52:00 AM

Bucs DE Greg Spires suffered a neck injury Sunday afternoon.

The Bucs can't afford to lose any more line starters on the defensive line. Spires' status will be updated at some point soon. Little-used rookie Julian Jenkins took over for Spires on Sunday.
Sun, Dec 3, 2006 05:24:00 PM

Greg Spires was fined $7,500 after hitting Michael Vick late in last week's game.

Vick had to leave the game temporarily. The quarterback was already down on the ground after being sacked by Anthony McFarland near the Falcons' goal line when Spires delivered the blow.
Sat, Nov 26, 2005 08:11:00 AM

Greg Spires signed a four-year contract extension that will give the Bucs significant cap relief.

The versatile lineman's extension is for $17.1 million over four years, with a $2.35 million signing bonus and $3 million more in roster bonuses. He's a big part of Tampa's defensive line, which looks excellent on paper.
Fri, Mar 4, 2005 10:46:00 AM

The Bucs and DT Greg Spires continue to talk about restructuring his contract.

Spires thought he had a deal to be released, but the Bucs want to keep him. Look for them to find a way to make it happen.
Thu, Mar 3, 2005 02:44:00 PM

Greg Spires believes he'll be released in the next week.

Spires is coming off his best season. The defensive lineman can't come to a contract agreement. Expect a lot of movement in Tampa before free agency hits.
Wed, Feb 23, 2005 12:16:00 PM

Bucs DE Greg Spires believes he has a verbal agreement to become a free agent if the team can't restructure his contract.

Spires, who can play inside and out, was a key member of the Bucs D-line this season. They should make it a priority to keep him.
Sun, Feb 13, 2005 08:54:00 AM

The Bucs will move Greg Spires to defensive tackle this week.

He might make the Pro Bowl at defensive end, but Spires will move inside. It won't help his numbers.
Thu, Dec 16, 2004 12:21:00 PM

Greg Spires is having a Pro Bowl season.

The quiet defensive end has been a top 15 DE in IDP leagues this year. He has 46 tackles, two forced fumbles, and three sacks this season. He and Simeon Rice were key in stopping Kansas City during the final two drives last Sunday.
Fri, Nov 12, 2004 11:05:00 AM

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