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Bucs Add Steve Smith (Calm Down, Not The Good One)

April 03, 2013 at 01:29am by Scott   •  11 Comments »

The next one will be a clicky, promise.
No, it’s the other Steve Smith, the one who played for the Giants and then for the Rams, but I kind of like this move. He’s an experienced guy who has had a big season for Eli Manning. His drawback is that he’s short and generally only plays nine or so games per year. But put him up against Kevin Ogletree and Tiquan Underwood and see who comes out on top for the #3 receiver. It should be a fun battle at camp.

Speaking of competition, the Bucs also signed Nate Kaeding, likely just to let Connor Barth know that he’s not irreplaceable. There’s not much chance Kaeding will beat out Barth in camp, but Kaeding’s career FG percentage is a little better than Barth’s, and every now and then Mark Dominik will get a wild hair on his ass and do something crazy like keep Mike Nugent instead of Matt Bryant, so you never know. But I like this level of competition for Barth better than just signing some undrafted free agent kicker which is what they usually do.

It also is looking more likely that the Bucs will keep Eric Wright under a different contract.

But the team’s current lack of options at cornerback and Wright’s understanding that the free-agent market currently is tough for cornerbacks has created a situation where the two sides’ interests have aligned.

The team’s lack of options at corner is entirely the team’s fault. There were a shitload of good corners available and the Bucs passed on all of them. Nnamdi Asomugha just signed with San Francisco for a one-year, $3-million MAX contract — none of which is guaranteed. His salary is $1.65-million and the rest is incentives. But the Bucs would rather have kept Wright? I’m sure Dominik has done his research and knows what he’s doing, but I’d really like to know what was so unattractive about Asomugha or any of the other corners that have already been snatched up for practically nothing and what is so great about Wright that they think he’s their best option. It’s baffling to me.

11 Comments to “Bucs Add Steve Smith (Calm Down, Not The Good One)”

Mark S

Mark S (April 03, 2013 at 09:36am:

I am baffled too. The only explanation I can surmise it that the Bucs are not only not enamored with the FA talent at CB, but expect to draft two CBs and want them to start. The idea being that having better veteran CBs ahead of the youngsters would delay the rookies development. When the Bucs are able to make a SB run, the rookies not the veterans would be starters. So better to start the rooks now. How is that for a reach?


mcLovin (April 03, 2013 at 11:14am:

I just think its an ego thing with Dominik, we wants to prove he was right after chasing him for two years. But after signing him he misses time with an mysterious injury, then it was a personal problem, then his Achilles problem for several games and then the suspension. Dom and Schiano must believe its all behind him now, and he can still be a really good CB, but you fucked up so now we get you at a reduced rate. I just hope they can say I told you so at the end of the year, because I don’t get it either.

Slow Joe

Slow Joe (April 03, 2013 at 01:19pm:

I have a feeling we’re getting Revis. I don’t like the move necessarily, but it feels like a Glazer-type move.

No, not a Dominik-type move, but a Glazer one. We’ve not bitten on ANY of the other CBs despite a desperate need for one. We have loads of cap space. It’s already been reported that we’re willing to trade for him, just not at the current price.

Revis will be wearing a Bucs jersey this year.

Mark S

Mark S (April 03, 2013 at 03:15pm:

Slow Joe, I hope not. I just do not think that he can be worth two premium picks.


jampersands (April 03, 2013 at 05:41pm:

I think we’ll get Revis too, probably around draft time like some have suggested. I’ve not entirely against the idea, but I really wish we would’ve picked up some insurance. Even if we keep Wright and get Revis, it’s not like another solid corner like Asomugha or Grimes would’ve been a detriment. Heck, what if his ACL is a little slow in recovering? Can we afford to start Danny Gorrer for 6 games till he heals up?


cubsandbucsfan (April 04, 2013 at 09:21am:

My guess is that Asomugha simply like the Bay area better than the East coast. Dominik can’t do much if the guy is from the Bay (played at Cal), drafted by Oakland, went crazy and tried the East Coast (Philly) and hated it. So he went home. I don’t think it is right to put all the pressure on Dominik when he may never of even had a chance.

Mark S

Mark S (April 04, 2013 at 09:54am:

dubsandbucsfan, how does that work for Brent Grimes, who played in Atlanta and signed with the Dolphins? If he loves South Beach that much, we could have arranged a shuttle.

Mark S

Mark S (April 04, 2013 at 11:59am:

Here is the thing the Bucs have to overcome to justify trading for Revis. If you are the only team willing to do this, then why not wait a year and sign him as an UFA and NO DRAFT PICKS. If we don’t have to give up draft picks to get him one year later, how can it be worth giving up two premium picks for one additional season?


jampersands (April 04, 2013 at 01:12pm:

Mark S: The problem with waiting until he’s a free agent is that, right now, we essentially have exclusive rights to negotiate with him. No other team has the cap room to sign him. That absolutely won’t be the case next year. Next year there will be multiple other teams attempting to lure him away. Essentially, giving up draft picks seems to me like paying for exclusive negotiation rights.

Mark S

Mark S (April 04, 2013 at 03:07pm:

Jampersands, I see where you are coming from, but if we really want him then we can pay to get him next year. Its only money and nothing about Revis makes me think he is coming cheap in any year. So this year its money plus two players. Would you trade Doug Martin and Lavonte David, plus pay a lot of money for Revis? True, you never know who you are going to get with those two premium picks but potentially that is the like of what we are giving up.


Scott (April 04, 2013 at 03:35pm:

If Revis was either a malcontent or coming off a huge injury, I might be more open to a deal. But both? No thanks, not for that price.

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