Bucs Considering Trading Up? No.
April 26, 2012 at 03:40pm by Scott • 10 Comments »
There has been talk today about the Bucs’ interest in trading up with the Vikings to the #3 slot so they can secure Trent Richardson since it’s very likely that he’ll be gone by the fifth slot. And of course, what’s the best place to find current and relevant information about the Bucs? Cleveland!
The Tampa Bay Bucanneers at No. 5 are very interested in Richardson and might consider trading up to No. 3, league sources said.
“League sources” are full of shit, and probably so are the Bucs at this point. My guess is that they would like to have Richardson more than Morris Claiborne, but they aren’t going to cry if they stand pat and have to take Claiborne at #5. The Bucs’ secondary is fucking weak and in need of a talent injection. And they’re weak enough elsewhere to know they don’t want to give up premium picks they could use to fill those other holes. Mark Dominik traded up two spots in 2009 to be sure they could land Josh Freeman, but that was from #19 to #17 so the price was a lot lower than it would be here and, also, it was for the centerpiece of the franchise. This would be giving up a lot more for (sorry, Trent) someone not nearly as important. Doesn’t make sense.
And as long as we’re dumping on Richardson, Jim Brown, still probably the greatest running back of all time (sorry, Barry, I still love you though), is not impressed.
“I’m not overwhelmed with it,” Brown said of the idea that the Browns could take Richardson. “The problem is that he’s ordinary. I think he’s ordinary.”
Asked what about him is ordinary, Brown said, “the size, the speed, his moves.”
If Brown is comparing them to himself, then no, Richardson isn’t impressive. But Brown isn’t really impressed with any running backs these days. He says because it’s a game of quarterbacks now, but it is equally likely that Brown is grouchy old fucker who will never be impressed with anything that happened after 1970, so take it with a grain of Metamucil.
The chat room will be open (as it is all the time anyway) during the draft tonight and I’ll pop in and hang out for a while