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Jermaine Phillips | Defensive Back

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (39) / 3/27/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 5 (157) / TB

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The charges against free agent S Jermaine Phillips have been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Phillips was arrested back in January on felony charges of "domestic battery by strangulation." On Friday, the charges were reduced to simple battery. These developments could stir some interest for Phillips on the open market, as he had a clean record prior to this incident. Mon, Mar 8, 2010 08:37:00 AM

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Impending free agent S Jermaine Phillips was arrested Sunday on felony charges of "domestic battery by strangulation."

This won't help his market value, which was already likely to be minimal for the 31-year-old safety/linebacker. Phillips is being held in a Hillsbrough County jail without bond. He finished 2009 on I.R. with a broken thumb.
Sun, Jan 10, 2010 09:03:00 PM

According to Bucs beat writer Stephen Holder, Jermaine Phillips' NFL career is in trouble.

Phillips is out for the season with a "mangled" thumb that needs to be rebuilt. Phillips will be 31 when the 2010 season starts and Holder says it's a question whether the Bucs or any other team would commit to a player that is hurt so often.
Thu, Sep 24, 2009 10:00:00 AM

Bucs placed FS Jermaine Phillips on injured reserve with a broken left thumb.

Phillips was originally thought to be out for 6-8 weeks, but the Bucs decided to end his season after further examination of the thumb. Phillips, who was forced to settle for a one-year deal as a free agent, has broken three bones in his arms and hands over the past two seasons. The Bucs secondary will continue to struggle at least until Tanard Jackson returns in Week 5.
Tue, Sep 22, 2009 05:57:00 PM

Bucs FS Jermaine Phillips is out 6-8 weeks with a fractured thumb.

Tampa Bay's defensive backfield has been getting ravaged by tight ends and it will likely continue until FS Tanard Jackson's four-game suspension ends in Week 5. Will Allen figures to draw the starts in Weeks 3 and 4.
Mon, Sep 21, 2009 03:32:00 PM

Bucs FS Jermaine Phillips was forced to leave the team's Week 2 loss with a left thumb injury.

Phillips underwent X-rays but declined to share the results with reporters. He'll have more tests Monday. If he can't go against the Giants on Sunday, Will Allen will likely get the start.
Mon, Sep 21, 2009 09:40:00 AM

Despite being moved from linebacker to defensive back just a few days ago, Jermaine Phillips started at free safety for the Bucs Thursday night.

Nothing like on-the-job training. Phillips did play safety for his whole career up until this spring, but new defensive coordinator Jim Bates has installed a new system. The Bucs were forced to move Phillips back to safety because of Tanard Jackson's suspension and there will be an adjustment period while Phillips gets up to speed.
Fri, Aug 28, 2009 09:32:00 AM

The Bucs have moved Jermaine Phillips from linebacker back to safety, at least for the first four regular season games.

Geno Hayes will likely start at weak-side linebacker. The move is due to FS Tanard Jackson's suspension, but Phillips is now up to 230 lbs. and will be one heavy defensive back. Sabby Piscitelli will likely kick to free safety, with Phillips on the strong side. The Bucs' secondary threatens to struggle early.
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 03:11:00 PM

The Bucs' coaching staff is reportedly pleased with Jermaine Phillips' conversion from safety to weak-side linebacker.

Phillips, who previously succeeded John Lynch as Tampa's strong safety, has more big shoes to fill following stalwart WLB Derrick Brooks. Still, don't expect Geno Hayes to go down without a fight. Phillips will have to earn it.
Thu, Jul 30, 2009 08:49:00 AM

The St. Petersburg Times projects converted strong safety Jermaine Phillips to open training camp as the Bucs' starting weak-side linebacker.

That means he'd be ahead of speedy second-year man Geno Hayes. Phillips admitted in May that he had a "long, long way to go" in his position switch, so don't consider him a lock. If Phillips beats out Hayes and maintains DB eligibility in IDP leagues, however, he'll be a very intriguing fantasy pick.
Tue, Jul 21, 2009 12:41:00 PM

Jermaine Phillips says he still has a "long, long way to go" in his transition from strong safety to weakside linebacker.

If the transition takes, Sabby Piscitelli will move into the starting lineup at strong safety. There remains a decent chance that the Bucs will ditch the experiment and send Phillips back to his natural position.
Fri, May 22, 2009 11:42:00 AM

Bucs SS Jermaine Phillips is a candidate to replace Derrick Brooks at weakside linebacker.

The Bucs will experiment this offseason and move him back to safety if it doesn't work out. Phillips is a hard hitter, but he'd have to bulk up to make the transition. Last year's sixth-rounder Geno Hayes and 2007 sixth-rounder Adam Hayward are the other candidates for the starting weakside job.
Wed, Mar 18, 2009 10:47:00 AM

Bucs re-signed SS Jermaine Phillips.

Phillips received little free agent interest, with only the Chargers and Seahawks sniffing around. Instead he'll return to compete for playing time with Sabby Piscitelli. Phillips can still deliver a blow, but he's 30 now and the Bucs didn't draft Piscitelli in the 2007 second round to ride the bench. It's likely to be an open competition.
Thu, Mar 5, 2009 06:14:00 PM

Free agent S Jermaine Phillips has set up visits with the Chargers and Seahawks.

He'd play over Clinton Hart in San Diego and might allow Deon Grant to kick to free safety in Seattle. It seems like Jim Mora wants to get Brian Russell out of the starting lineup. Phillips, 30, is a candidate for short-term offers.
Tue, Mar 3, 2009 12:53:00 PM

The Bucs remain far apart in discussions with S Jermaine Phillips and WR Michael Clayton.

Both are expected to reach free agency. Phillips has been a productive strong safety, but he's going on 30 and has played all 16 games just once in the past five years. The Bucs have Sabby Piscitelli ready to take over. Clayton, 26, is now appreciated more for his blocking abilities than receiving work.
Wed, Feb 25, 2009 11:48:00 AM

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