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Bucs Will Have Cash To Spend In Free Agency

February 13, 2013 at 12:41am by Scott   •  11 Comments »

Every time Tony Romo gets sacked, a dead defensive end gets his wings.
According to Mark Dominik, the Bucs should be active in free agency again this offseason.

Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson and former Pro Bowl left guard Carl Nicks agreed to rework their contracts in a way that turned the majority of their 2013 salaries into guaranteed bonuses.

“That has actually opened a lot of cap room for us going into 2013 – a tremendous amount,” Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said. “We’ve got a chance to be (heavily) involved in free agency again.

In prior years, the Bucs being “heavily involved” in the March Madness that is free agency meant they scooped up about 40 undrafted free agents. But after last season, there’s a whole new optimism about the Bucs in free agency. Jackson was a home run, Nicks was great while he was healthy and Eric Wright had his moments but was mostly a disappointment. So Dominik is clicking at about 50% on his high-ticket items, which I don’t think is too bad. Maybe in some cases you really do get what you pay for.

“But we also have a chance to try to retain this nucleus of players. So (the contract restructuring) was a big commitment that our owners made and I think that should be encouraging for all fans about our football team.”

Michael Bennett seems like a no-brainer. Roy Miller is iffy, but I thought he got better as the season went on. Then again, you can’t be 29th in the league in sacks and be completely happy with the play of the defensive line. They may let Miller walk, but who do they replace him with? Seriously, I can’t find anyone better at nose who is coming up on free agency. Someone may be cut, but the crop I’m looking at now aren’t going to beat Miller at that position. As far as other guys: The team can improve on Jeremy Trueblood, so I expect them to let him test the market and maybe bring him back at a reasonable price. LeGarrette Blount is probably gone, which is a shame but you can’t argue with the success of Doug Martin. If I were them I’d keep Dallas Clark since Luke Stocker has been somewhat disappointing (I hate to say that) and Nate Byham is primarily a blocker. But Clark wasn’t all that big a contributor last year. I guess my question is what nucleus is Dominik talking about that needs to be re-signed? Maybe he means guys that are still under contract through 2013 but expire soon thereafter.

The Bucs’ major positions of need are cornerback, right tackle, free safety and kick returner. This is a deep draft for tackles, so I’m probably getting my right tackle in the first or second round this year. Maybe make a run at Brent Grimes for corner. He was injured on the franchise tag for Atlanta, but I think he bounces back, plus you weaken a division rival. Free safety is tough, but Louis Delmas is probably the guy I go after. Yes, he was injured too, and if both Grimes and Delmas got hurt in 2013, I’d be a huge dumbass. But finding guys without injuries is rare and neither of their injuries are what I would call chronic. For a kick returner, Danny Woodhead is good and can also be a change of pace back who is completely the opposite of Blount.

Now that I go back and re-read this, a lot of it doesn’t make sense. But it’s 12:30 and I’m tired, so there you go. Feel free to take your shots.

11 Comments to “Bucs Will Have Cash To Spend In Free Agency”


jampersands (February 13, 2013 at 12:55pm:

I’m a big Delmas fan, the guy is very athletic and a game changer if healthy.

I don’t understand why people want Brent Grimes. Has he ever been anything more than mediocre? Yeah, he’s been to a Pro-Bowl, but that was two season-ending injuries ago. Also, it’s the Pro-Bowl. Find me a corner that’s 6’0″ and can cover Julio Jones.

As for the draft, I think the Bucs will trade deep down into the first round and grab either Ertz or Eifert at TE. Either that, or they stand pat in the first and take the best D-lineman available, and then trade back up in the 2nd to take whichever of the two TE’s is left.


Louie (February 13, 2013 at 02:21pm:

So glad to hear the Bucs are going to spend money again. I can’t wait to see who they are going to sign/re-sign.

Now, can someone please explain to me why the hell they didn’t/wouldn’t spend money prior to the new CBA??? The last 10 years have been like a lost decade.


HAGEN205 (February 13, 2013 at 04:28pm:

honestly i would love to keep the team the exact same on offense just healthier and just get 4 new cb and mabe a safety love you rhonde but i wonder if you got a full season left

Mark S

Mark S (February 13, 2013 at 04:42pm:

I agree our biggest need is at CB, but my next is Strong Side OLB. Quincy Black may not be back at all, if he is back may not be 100%. We did not get much from his replacements. I don’t know if there is anyone in FA that we should take but there is a guy in the first round that could fit the bill. Was RT that bad last year? I honestly don’t remember that, but I do remember that Penn had a down year. Maybe he had an unpublished injury or something, but I think we need to start finding our next LT.


TnBuc (February 13, 2013 at 05:22pm:

And we sign a punter?? Didn’t we just give some guy a nice contract like 2 yrs ago? Okay…


mcLovin (February 13, 2013 at 08:32pm:

If we can’t move up the board to get that top cb, than we stay put and get blacks replacement at lb or a rt. CB in 2nd rd then. TE is not that huge in our scheme, resign clark who had a great last qrt, or Bennett’s bro. 2 CB’s and 1 safety is crucial in FA. , plenty of other depth at safety.


manbearpig (February 13, 2013 at 08:37pm:

I don’t get the love for grimes either, he’s about the same size as a Mayan. Bennett has a high motor and I would love for him to be retained but media types are acting like he’s gonna get this huge pay day. Nine sacks is good but come on, what happened to Bucs defensive ends getting in the high teens? I don’t think the Bucs need to break the bank to keep him. And yes, corners, corners, corners.


jerryeckwood (February 14, 2013 at 06:01pm:

None of that post makes any sense. Grimes is small, old and injured and had his few good moments in the past. Everyone other than Joseph wanted to get rid of Trueblood by week 4 last year. Blount can be kept for a moderate tender. Roy Miller had a career year, stuffs the run to Schiano’s liking and will be an inexpensive signing at NT, the one position on the line where you don’t need sacks. Clark is more of an h-back, they will be in the market for a real tight end, and Bennett’s brother has to be in their sights. Wood head is a product of the Belichick system and do you really believe he comes to Tampa to return kicks? What else.


manbearpig (February 14, 2013 at 07:46pm:

I have a feeling Jerry is really joebucsfan. I’ve been contemplating for the last year or so to register just so I can tell him and all his readers that post on his site are probably the closest thing to a woman’s menstration that is humanly possible.


jampersands (February 15, 2013 at 12:56am:

While I agree that joebucsfan is, indeed, the worst, I actually agree with Jerry and Scott that we should try and keep Roy Miller. Always been under-appreciated.


Louie (February 15, 2013 at 11:46am:

Rule of thumb for reading JBF: 1) Skip the first paragraph because it’s always fluff about himself wanting to get laid by Rachael Watson — in 3rd fucking person! 2) Don’t ever bother reading the comments. Like manbearbig said, it’s just a bunch of women menstruating. 3) Try not to get sensory overload with all the ads.

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