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Who Needs Cornerbacks Anyway

March 22, 2013 at 01:27am by Scott   •  8 Comments »

This is Danny Gorrer. No, you were not expected to know that.
If you didn’t think the Bucs’ cornerback situation could get any worse, you don’t have enough faith. The Redskins signed away E.J. Biggers, the only cornerback on the team qualified to start that hasn’t been busted for using “Adderall”. I”m going to go ahead and just copy and paste the Bucs’ current cornerback roster because you probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you who was on it.

36 Gorrer, Danny CB 6-0 180 26 4 Texas A&M
29 Johnson, Leonard CB 5-10 202 22 2 Iowa State
28 Rogers, James CB 6-1 183 23 1 Michigan
37 Tandy, Keith CB 5-10 205 24 2 West Virginia
21 Wright, Eric CB 5-10 200 27 7 Nevada-Las Vegas
26 Gaitor, Anthony DB 5-10 182 24 3 Florida International
23 Lewis, Myron DB 6-2 203 25 4 Vanderbilt

Gorrer and Johnson have each had their moments and have potential as developmental projects, but neither is a legitimate starter now. I have honestly never heard of James Rogers and think he may just be a name the Bucs made up to fill out the roster. Tandy has made a total of 3 tackles in his NFL career. We already discussed Motorhead. Gaitor is in the same category as Gorrer and Johnson, although he may have a higher ceiling. And Lewis has been given every opportunity and still can’t seem to get on the field even though the three aforementioned non-qualified starters can.

And I know I railed against trading for Darrelle Revis, and I still think it’s a bad idea. But at least it’s an idea. I mean, if the trade goes down, they would have something to work towards and look forward to, right? That deal looked dead a couple days ago, but now it appears to have picked up some steam.

A source “close to the negotiations” between the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tells King that the Bucs likely would be willing to give their first- and second-round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft for Revis. The Jets are expected to get no less than first- and third-round picks in a possible deal, according to King.

The Bucs want the first round pick to come in 2014 and the Jets want this year’s pick. That’s the hold up. Otherwise, it sounds like the Bucs really want to get this done.

Both King and the New York Daily News indicate that the Bucs are willing to pay Revis big money. They are willing to give up valuable picks. They clearly want Revis. It shouldn’t be that hard to settle on what the picks are before the NFL draft.

So that explains why they haven’t snagged one of the several respectable corners left on the market. But it’s not like they don’t need a couple options. They could get Revis, Nnamdi Asomougha and still select a corner relatively high in the draft and be justified in doing it because you know those older guys are only a one or two year Band-Aid.

If the Bucs don’t do something about the corner situation, I recommend just blitzing 11 on every play. The first couple times they did it, at least it would be fun to watch.

8 Comments to “Who Needs Cornerbacks Anyway”

Mark S

Mark S (March 22, 2013 at 11:26am:

“those older guys are only a one or two year Band-Aid.” Which is exactly why we should not be giving up two premium picks. We are giving up the chance to pick two players that can be stars for a number of years to get one player that has one to two years left. Please everyone, post everywhere you can that we do not want Revis. A lot of people are posting the opposite. One of the Times writers even went so far to say that fans were in favor of the trade. We need to rally opinion against this.


Louie (March 22, 2013 at 01:28pm:

I have mixed emotions about Revis. The Bucs desperately need corners and he’s a REALLY good corner. In the short term, he’d be great — at least until the novelty of his new contract wears off and he decides to hold out. However, I really enjoy watching the Jets struggle, squirm and lose — so, why help them by 1) taking Revis off their hands and 2) give them premium draft picks.

Assuming the Bucs don’t trade for Revis, I think it will play out like this: keep Wright; Ronde comes back as the nickel corner; draft 2 corners.

Matt Price

Matt Price (March 22, 2013 at 01:33pm:

I generally have faith in Dominik at the moment, but this is puzzling. Even if they want Revis, they can afford to grab a couple of the others. This is a really cheap market and there were/are some top notch corners available. They should be grabbing 1-2 of those guys and then work on the Revis deal. Seriously, it’s not like Revis will be the only corner we need even if he turns out to be perfect.

worker b

worker b (March 22, 2013 at 06:57pm:

Peter King is definitely a NEast corridor guy and I don’t give his inside info much credence on this one. A first and a third for a banged up, money hungry corner seems like a ludicrous trade for the Bucs to make at this juncture, and if they were making anything like the reported offer of next year’s pick, I’d think the Jets would jump on it to end the drama up there.

Fact is, the Jets have put themselves in a corner and I wouldn’t give them more than a single second rounder at this point, tops. Drafting corners in the first and third would make a lot more sense.


campyone (March 22, 2013 at 06:59pm:

1st and 2nd round picks for Revis? I hope not. We should have learned our lesson about giving up multiple picks that high when we did it to get Gruden. I realize we gave up a little more for him but the point is that very few individuals are worth first and second round picks and an aging malcontent like Revis isn’t one of them.


IowaBuc (March 22, 2013 at 10:48pm:

The only lesson learned from the Gruden deal was a Super Bowl win.


mcLovin (March 23, 2013 at 08:49pm:

What if we release Wright? Could we then sign grimes, revis, barber, Dallas Clark, a backup DE (Abraham etc)? Could we then draft a DT, LB, RT, and a CB of the future? This would all need to happen, but am I too drunk or is this possible? I don’t know. ..


jampersands (March 25, 2013 at 11:18am:

I don’t understand why we haven’t signed Grimes or Asomugha simply to enhance our bargaining position with the Jets. Right now, they know we are DESPERATE for a cornerback and are essentially reliant upon them to trade us Revis. This gives them substantial bargaining power.

If we were to sign Grimes (who would be a huge upgrade over anyone else we have on the roster anyway) we might be able to convince the Jets that we don’t really want/need Revis, and thereby lower their asking price.

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