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Bucs Pending Free Agents

February 17, 2013 at 01:37pm by Scott   •  9 Comments »

LeGarrette is unimpressed with your iPhone.
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.

9 Comments to “Bucs Pending Free Agents”

Matt Price

Matt Price (February 18, 2013 at 12:57am:

Florio’s gang of hillbillies wrote this about whom the Bucs should use the franchise tag on:

When it comes to using the tag, it’s a toss-up between tackle Jeremy Trueblood and defensive end Michael Bennett, or neither.

Trueblood? The Bucs should tag Trueblood? WTF? At least they didn’t suggest tagging Gaines Adams… I guess that’s something.

Mark S

Mark S (February 18, 2013 at 12:06pm:

Good article Scott. I am hopeful that we will see the bottom half of the roster churn this year. Except for the OL and DL, the backups were disappointing last year. You have tagged the good ones and bad ones appropriately.

babsc01

babsc01 (February 18, 2013 at 06:15pm:

I know he’s not on this list, but way to go Da’Quan. Thanks for giving the organization another black eye. I’m no Rhodes Scholar, but even I don’t take a gun to the airport in my carry-on baggage.

Sorry, guys. I love this team, and I get really pissed when I see stuff like this.

manbearpig

manbearpig (February 18, 2013 at 06:28pm:

Apparently bringing a loaded weapon onto a flight is frowned upon, like masturbating on airplane. Thanks a lot Bin Laden.

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (February 18, 2013 at 06:35pm:

I don’t believe Bowers should be cut, but he needs to be disciplined in some way. He’s never been a troublemaker like Talib, but bringing a loaded gun to an airport in NYC, post-9/11 is mind-numbingly stupid.

manbearpig

manbearpig (February 18, 2013 at 06:56pm:

I know I’m always joking around but this really bums me out. He always seemed so different from the beast he was on the field in college. Every interview I’ve ever seen of him he was always soft spoken and didn’t seem like the type dumb enough to do something like this. I hope he learns something and sticks with this team because I was really pulling for him coming off the knee and then the Achilles injury.

worker b

worker b (February 18, 2013 at 07:46pm:

It does seem mind-blowingly dumb, but it seems to happen several times every year. I think these dudes honestly don’t think twice about throwing a pistol in their bag on the way out the door.

As such, it doesn’t bother me at all.

Louie

Louie (February 18, 2013 at 08:10pm:

It sounds like he turned in the gun. The right thing to do, eh? Nope, not in today’s whacked world – he should have just taken it to the men’s room and dumped it in the trash. The gun could very well end up in the wrong hands, but the penalty for doing the right thing is just too great.

jampersands

jampersands (February 18, 2013 at 10:20pm:

One name I hadn’t considered that might be a decent replacement for Miller if we let him go: Alan Branch in Seattle.

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