Bucs Pending Free Agents
February 17, 2013 at 01:37pm by Scott • 9 Comments »
PFT did us the favor of listing all the upcoming free agents in an easy format to cut and paste so we can spend more time ridiculing the guys we don’t like.
RB LeGarrette Blount (RFA): I still like the guy, but obviously Doug Martin has easily taken over as the starter and the coaches still don’t trust Blount in pass protection. I don’t think the Bucs will tender him and they can probably find someone out there that is a better third down back. Ah, but what could have been…
WR Roscoe Parrish: Whatever. Better than others that have been dedicated returners, but nothing special.
WR Sammie Stroughter: Kind of faded down the stretch. I think there’s something to work with there and maybe if he tests the open market and doesn’t get any bites, he’d be good to hang on to, but I won’t cry if he’s wearing another helmet in September.
TE Dallas Clark: Getting older but still has the potential to carve up the slot. I’d offer him something fair and hope he takes it. Not worth overpaying.
OT Jeremy Trueblood: To me, Trueblood’s biggest asset is that Davin Joseph likes working with him. He lost his starting job, but then his replacement wasn’t all that great, either. This is a draft deep at tackle and I’d think the Bucs could find a good one for the right side this year and make Trueblood expendable.
C Andrew Economos: He’s not a center, he’s a long snapper. And he’s good at it. Just pay him and move on.
DL Michael Bennett: Bennett is worth getting into a bidding war over. He can play end or tackle, he’s got moves and is relentless. I don’t think he’s worth elite DE money, but he’s worth that second-tier money.
DL Roy Miller: He’s worth keeping, too. Like I said a few entries ago, I can’t think of a nose tackle I’d replace him with. The Bucs could draft John Jenkins out of Georgia to groom for that position, but he’s not better than Miller is right now, and Miller is still pretty young.
DL Corvey Irvin (exclusive rights): Don’t care.
DL Daniel Te’o-Nesheim (RFA): Yes. I think this is a player on the rise and the Bucs can tender him with a first-round offer which is still a reasonable salary for a good defensive end. And if someone snatches him away, they get that team’s first round pick. The Bucs have shown that there is no such thing as too much depth on the defensive line.
LB Jacob Cutera (RFA): Great special teams player and can play linebacker in a pinch. I don’t know if I’d tender him, but I’d be a player in the open market for his services.
DB Ronde Barber: Until Barber shows he is slowing down, I don’t know why they would ever let him go. In a secondary that is in constant flux, he is the rock. Mark Barron seemed to hit a rookie wall last year and it was nice to have Barber as the stabalizing force back there. I don’t think he will be outrageous with his demands for a one-year contract. I’d re-up on him.
DB E.J. Biggers: Yes, just sign him. Mark Dominik is good at writing contracts that don’t call for a lot of money up front and the Bucs NEED cornerbacks. They have to keep warm bodies in there until they see how the free agent market shakes out and go through the draft. I’d hate for them to not land a player they targeted and then not have Biggers to fall back on.
DB Brandon McDonald: See above.