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REAR ENTRIES: Treading Water

February 01, 2012 at 11:35am by Scott   •  14 Comments »

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BUCS FREE AGENTS: Pat Yasinskas has a list of Bucs who will be free agents next month, and it should go without saying that Connor Barth is the top priority to get re-signed. He was the most consistent and dependable player on the team and the Bucs totally lucked out by being able to sign him after the Mike Nugent debacle.

I’d lay odds that Ronde Barber sticks around for one more year. Greg Schiano is a top recruiter and he can get Ronde excited about the new direction of the team. And Schiano isn’t letting Jeremy Zuttah get away. I think there’s some loyalty there. Even though Earnest Graham is getting older and ended the season on injured reserve, the Bucs should keep him around one more year. It wasn’t a coincidence that the Bucs didn’t win a game after he got hurt. And Corey Lynch should be re-signed if for no other reason than his special teams abilities. All the other unrestricted guys I could take or leave. Any of them could definitely be improved upon.

BUCS REALLY WANT MCNULTY: There was a rumor that the Bucs were trying to get permission to interview John McNulty, currently the Cardinals’ receivers coach, for offensive coordinator. The Cardinals denied the request, but the Bucs haven’t stopped nagging them.

Because it’s such an important hire, the Bucs still are working behind the scenes to acquire McNulty, the Times confirmed. The effort may include an appeal directly to Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell. But it’s hard to imagine the Cardinals reversing course at this point.

McNulty was Schiano’s offensive coordinator at Rutgers for a few years, so that’s why there’s a big push to get him. But I don’t think the Bucs saying “pretty please” is going to make a difference. And you can’t trade draft picks or cash for coaching rights anymore, so I’m not sure what else the Bucs thinks they can do to persuade the Cardinals to let him go. Maybe my buddy Nicky Santoro has an idea.

DEUCE GRUDEN WILL PLAY COLLEGE BALL: Deuce Gruden, Jon Gruden‘s son, kicked off National Signing Day today when he committed to Lafayette College.

“He’s put in a lot of hard work and he’s had a lot of help from his coaches and teammates along the way but this just puts an exclamation point on a great career here at CDS,” Jon Gruden said. “I knew Deuce wanted to (play college football) when he was 5 or 6. He’s had that ambition, that desire for a long time and that’s why this is such a great day.”

Shoulda been a walk-on at Tennessee, Deuce.

14 Comments to “REAR ENTRIES: Treading Water”


jampersands (February 01, 2012 at 01:34pm:

Yes Barth was good last year, but a single good year does not Adam Vinatieri make.

See also: Billy Cundiff.


manbearpig (February 01, 2012 at 03:54pm:

“that girls vagina has too much lunch meat going on”
Says clicky complaining guy.

Good for little Gruden. I’m sure senior is proud.

Hey Scott, do you know when Talib goes on trial? I wanna say march.


Meatmaster (February 01, 2012 at 04:20pm:

Dude, laughing my ass off manbearpig. I went to the comments first just to see if it happened.


Scott (February 01, 2012 at 05:05pm:

Talib’s trial is in March.


jampersands (February 01, 2012 at 06:47pm:

I’m just amazed no one will back me up on the one I said was ugly. I guess some people just go for the “well-traveled Sarah Palin” look. As for me I’m not a fan.


Meatmaster (February 01, 2012 at 07:01pm:

I was gonna comment but the Sarah Palin thing informed me there is no hope for you. I wish you luck in your next life sir.


jampersands (February 01, 2012 at 07:17pm:

I’ll be fine, thanks. I even just went back to take a second look, see if I somehow totally misjudged. I stand by my initial assessment.

(It’s a matter of taste, and as a general rule of thumb I do not and will not comment about clickys, as it generally seems ungrateful. But I say again, I was actually SURPRISED by this one, and felt compelled to comment.)


Meatmaster (February 01, 2012 at 07:24pm:

I hereby vote for Sarah Palin look-a-like clicky week. Make it happen! It’s like a science experiment, he’ll still click but will feel bad about it later.


BaldBuc4055 (February 01, 2012 at 07:25pm:

Be grateful that your punishment is having your balls busted by the folks here, and not Nicky Santoro digging you a grave in the desert. :p


jampersands (February 01, 2012 at 07:25pm:

But I’ve already been conditioned to expect a nice treat when I click! You’d be undoing months of training!


manbearpig (February 01, 2012 at 09:16pm:

Just busting your balls dude. You know this crowd can’t let you live this one down.

Mark S

Mark S (February 02, 2012 at 08:23am:

I realize I am off topic, but at the end of Yasinkas’s article he mentions that Haynesworth, while under contract for 2012, will count $7.2M toward the cap. Yasinkas, concludes that it is obvious he will not be back. I don’t know if the last 3 years indicates how much he has left or how much you can decline if you do not work at your craft and body. I think he has enough left to contribute if he gets in shape. I also thought he was a good team mate last season. He is not worth $7.2M. If he is let go, will anyone else pick him up? Once he clears, he can be resigned for a reasonable amount. If he convinces Schiano that he buys into the program, that may be the way it goes. We have a lot of holes to fill. It is going to be difficult to find good players to fill them all this year.

On another note, is everyone down on Geno Hayes? Like a lot of Bucs he had a good 2010, but a poor 2011. Is he a diamond in the rough or a divot in the fairway?


manbearpig (February 02, 2012 at 09:07am:

I’m not abandoning ship on Hayes yet. Hayes and black are very athletically gifted. Hopefully some discipline and good coaching will get them playing well.

worker b

worker b (February 02, 2012 at 10:28am:

You’ve got to love Graham, but he seems finished to me. Even before this past year, he was never able to hold up for more than a month at a time without getting dinged up and missing time. The Bucs need a couple running backs.

Hayes and Black seem dumb as stumps. Maybe they can be coached up, but I’m hoping the Bucs aren’t counting on it.

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