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A Week Into Free Agency

March 19, 2013 at 01:08am by Scott   •  7 Comments »

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A few more personnel moves happened over the last couple days, most of which fall under the category of, “Well, they had to do something.” Like signing Tom Crabtree away from the Packers. He has been a good blocking tight end and is a can be an outlet receiver in a pinch (he caught eight passes last year), but no one thinks he’s the missing piece to the Super Bowl puzzle for the Bucs. I don’t even think he rules out the team using a high draft pick on a tight end next month. But he has more experience than Luke Stocker and, while Stocker got better as the season went on, probably isn’t the starter in Greg Schiano‘s run-first offense.

Speaking of the running game, apparently LeGarrette Blount is still on the trading block even though they re-signed him a couple weeks ago. The Bucs weren’t willing to let him go just for nothing, so they gave him a deal that was fair while still being palatable to another team who might need a running back. Blount’s contract contains no guaranteed money, so the team can still cut him without being out any cash or cap. I still think it’s a good move to hold onto him. If Doug Martin rips a knee apart, they’ll be glad Blount is still around.

One player that is no longer on the trading block, mostly because they actually traded him, is Arrelious Benn. The Bucs moved Benn to the Patriots Eagles for a sixth round pick this year and a conditional pick next year (no one knows what round it’s in, but it’s got to be really low), but the Bucs also had to give up a seventh this year. It’s probably all they could get for him, but it’s yet another second-round disaster for the Bucs and a total washout of the 2010 second round for Mark Dominik. The deal doesn’t make me feel any differently about Dominik — I still think he’s an excellent GM and a good talent evaluator — but letting Benn go for practically nothing has to sting. Especially considering Rob Gronkowski was taken three slots later.

Oh, and Roy Miller signed with the Jaguars. And Michael Bennett signed with Seattle (I think I covered that last time). It will be interesting to see who the Bucs want to replace Miller, who I thought was one of the better nose tackles out there.

So, to sum up the last week:

IN: Dashon Goldson, Tom Crabtree, Kevin Ogletree, Jonathan Casillas
OUT: Michael Bennett, Quincy Black, Jeremy Trueblood, Roy Miller, Arrelious Benn
STILL DON’T KNOW: Ronde Barber, Dallas Clark, LeGarrette Blount, E.J. Biggers, Andrew Economos, Brandon McDonald

Did they really not pay Economos yet? They’re not planning on arguing over a few dollars for a really reliable long snapper, are they?

Now that I look at that summary, it’s not the most glamorous free agency, is it? I’m sure they have a plan, but it would be nice if it involved them actually getting more than one really good player.

7 Comments to “A Week Into Free Agency”

Mark S

Mark S (March 19, 2013 at 08:22am:

It is not the most glamorous FA class, but did anyone really expect a repeat of last year? I did not and except for last year, this is better than any other Buc FA class. However, 5 of the top 6 UFA CBs are still unsigned and we still hear about trading for Revis. We could probably get two of those five for one Revis. WTF is going on? Come on Dominik get us one of those CBs and do not get us Revis.

Mark S

Mark S (March 19, 2013 at 03:10pm:

According to the FA tracker on ESPN, Chris Gamble, Brent Grimes, DeAngelo Hall, Quentin Jammer and Nnamdi Asomugha are all unsigned. I am betting you can get Nnamdi on a “prove it” bargain and didn’t the Bucs say they were interested in Grimes? So WTF is going on?

manbearpig

manbearpig (March 19, 2013 at 07:32pm:

This is just my theory as to what is gonna go down, a completely uneducated guess, just like my use of punctuation. Either they redo Eric wrights contract or sign Brent grimes, then play it cool and uninterested in revis. Trade for him later for a lot cheaper price. Let me be clear, I do not want revis if it costs a first round pick, this year or the next. At most a 2nd that’s it.

manbearpig

manbearpig (March 19, 2013 at 07:34pm:

I am a beautiful man compared to our new tight end. I really enjoyed him in “the goonies”.

JBBUC

JBBUC (March 19, 2013 at 10:32pm:

Why is dominik so specifically trying to build a 7 and 9 team? Seriously, this off season has been a HUGE disappointment. I didn’t expect them to go sign the top 5 FA’s out there, but at least we could have brought back productive BUCS like Bennett and Miller. Bennett signed a ONE YEAR DEAL! Come on! Are you telling me we couldn’t have given him a manageable deal like that to back up Bowers/Clayton?
So he won’t go after top tier FA’s this year, but he won’t resign most of our own guys either? I don’t get it.

jampersands

jampersands (March 20, 2013 at 10:21pm:

They just keep digging themselves deeper…now EJ Biggers is gone. Are they planning on drafting 3 Cornerbacks in this draft? Starting a 5th round pick at DT? What gives? At this point they’re back to simply needing bodies to fill starting roster spots…

jampersands

jampersands (March 20, 2013 at 10:24pm:

At least they resigned Economos…

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