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Gruden Moves Into Exclusive Avila Neighborhood

Bucs coach Jon Gruden and his family have moved from their Carrollwood home to a two-story house in the exclusive Avila neighborhood of north Tampa. According to records obtained from the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Office, the five-bedroom house was purchased in May for $3.3 million. Bucs general manager Bruce Allen owns an Avila home 1.7 miles away. Other home owners in the gated country-club community include ex-Bucs coach Tony Dungy, former Devil Rays owner Vince Naimoli, former Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella and New York Yankees players Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera. Gruden's new next-door neighbor is Devil Rays TV analyst Joe Magrane.
COLMER RELEASED: Having never played a snap for the Bucs, offensive tackle Chris Colmer was released by the team Wednesday after he failed a physical. The 2005 third-round draft pick, who was inactive for every game during his rookie season, spent last season on injured reserve with a rare viral infection called Parsonage-Turner Syndrome that affected his right shoulder. It was a similar injury to his left shoulder that caused him to miss the 2003 season at North Carolina State. Colmer was able to recover after the first occurrence and emerged as one of the ACC's top offensive linemen. Believing the condition would not return, the Bucs spent a third-round pick on him. The Bucs made another roster move by re-signing safety Kalvin Pearson. Pearson has played in 30 games for Tampa Bay, including one start, and led the team in special teams tackles (25) in 2005. CADILLAC'S HEALTH: His offseason tune-up already complete, Cadillac Williams is back in tip-top shape and running like a champ again. 'Health-wise, everything is good,' Williams said following a workout Wednesday at One Buc Place. 'There's no aching injuries, no pain; I'm good to go.' Williams was rarely 'good to go' last year. Back spasms slowed him early in the season and a foot injury hampered him late in the year. It was the second time in as many pro seasons that Williams has been hampered by injuries, but those injuries were the least of Williams' concerns. Unaccustomed to losing and to being shut down by opposing defenses, Williams said there were many reasons he struggled during his sophomore season. 'It's tough when you practice hard during the week and you prepare yourself and you play hard on Sunday and you're just not getting the results,' said Williams, who rushed for 798 yards last year after a rookie season in which he ran for 1,178 yards and was the Offensive Rookie of the Year. 'It was very frustrating and humbling and it did test my patience and my character. But through it all I think it's only going to make me a better football player.' Williams, who never experienced a losing season at Auburn University, said the biggest thing he learned during the 4-12 2006 season was to never take winning for granted. 'Sometimes you win games you're not supposed to win,' he said. 'But after the year we had last year, I'm going to count every win and I'm going to be thankful for it.' Tribune staff
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