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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.

Bucs Bring Back Veteran CB, WilL Definitely Start Winning Now

December 12, 2012 at 01:06am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Let the sell-outs begin!
With the worst pass defense in the league and a secondary that is the worst part of that worst pass defense, the Bucs had to make a bold move to stop the bleeding and turn this team around.

the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have restored their depth at the position to its previous level by re-signing sixth-year veteran Brandon McDonald.

There. Fixed forever.

[Actually, I know the team can't make a substantive move to improve the team at this stage and are just replacing Myron Lewis who was put on injured reserve and wasn't doing jack shit anyway, so I'm really just being unnecessarily snarky and sarcastic. But seriously, Danny Gorrer, I could have caught that fucking interception.]

Eric Wright Probably Suspended Soon

October 31, 2012 at 12:53am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

Umm, if that ball is still on its way to the receiver, I'm going to go ahead and say Wright's dry hump move is a penalty.
Word came out on Sunday that Eric Wright possibly tested positive for Adderall and if so will be suspended once all the formalities are worked out and he stops twitching uncontrollably. I say “possibly” because no one really knows and no one ever will know because that’s the rules of the PED policy. For now, he was seen riding a stationary bike on the practice field on Monday, which means he hasn’t been suspended yet. And Greg Schiano hasn’t been a book of knowledge on the subject either.

“I really can’t discuss it and neither can Eric,” Schiano said at the start of his news conference Monday. “I’m not trying to be evasive at all, but that’s what comes down from the league and that’s where I’m going to be.

“You saw he was on the bike. He has an Achilles (injury) coming out of the game that is a little bit of a concern. Didn’t know about it after the game, really didn’t know about it until recently. But I think the injury, he’ll be okay, but I can’t predict.”

Presumably Wright would be allowed to practice if he was healthy even with the suspension looming. Schiano has already said he would welcome back Aqib Talib after his Adderall suspension and that guy’s a mess. Wright, by comparison, doesn’t get all punchy when you do things like look at him funny or drive him places. So it looks like Wright will likely be out on Sunday for one reason or another. And that leaves the starting cornerbacks as E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis with Leonard Johnson in nickel. Individually, I don’t mind having any of them on the field. But together with no superiorly talented player to lean on, it’s a little spooky. Biggers has flashed hot and cold, most recently cold. Johnson had a nice game last week but is woefully inexperienced. And Lewis has never proven he can be a consistent player. And I was concerned about the secondary before this.

What the fuck is up with Adderall anyway? I understand it’s supposed to allow you to maintain focus and also has some physical benefits, but so do a lot of other drugs on the banned substance list and everyone seems to be staying away from most of those. Its name is written very clearly on page 18, and not in some weird foreign language. But for some reason, guys seem to think they can get away with this particular banned drug. I know for a fact that One Buc has a coffee machine. Use it. Get more sleep at night, wake up earlier and do your cardio before team meetings, whatever. This just seems like the dumbest thing to get in trouble for.

Bucs Win First Game Since Last October

August 13, 2012 at 11:56am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

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I finally got a chance to see the Miami preseason game last night since NFL Network insisted on waiting until yesterday morning at 7:00AM to air it for the first time. Add to that the fact that every single write-up about this game focused on the Dolphins with barely any analysis of Tampa Bay and my theory that there is an anti-Buccaneer conspiracy within the NFL starts to make sense. Someone call Jesse Ventura and tell him to get on this.

* Josh Freeman looked pretty sharp, but Dan Orlovsky was on fire. Every pass was on target and his 100% completion rate showed it. He’s really one of the only guys I have to make fun of this season, so if he keeps doing well this preseason, it’s going to really screw me over.

* Greg Schiano and Mike Sullivan were making a point with his play calling. This is a running team and they run when they feel like it. The Bucs ran the ball 34 times and passed it 24. They only got 2.5 yards per carry, but a lot of that had to do with the poor run blocking in the second half. Michael Smith had nowhere to go. But when the starters were in (sans Donald Penn), LeGarrette Blount looked great. One time he was even split out at receiver. Some backups came in and Doug Martin also looked good with a sweet ten yard run showing off his balance.

* Speaking of Michael Smith, his kickoff return for 74 yards was a great display of vision and body control, but I thought he was supposed to be the fastest guy on the field. He got chased down from behind. Here’s a tip: If your greatest asset is your speed, you are not allowed to get chased down from behind.

* Luke Stocker‘s one catch was super sweet and was a great example of the kind of play he can make when they need him to. Between two defenders and behind him, Stocker still snagged it. Go Vols.

* Tiquan Underwood caught all three passes thrown his way, including one that never should have been thrown. The Miami safety should have had that pick, but Underwood kept his eyes on the ball and came down with it when everything shook out. Awesome concentration and hands.

* In the middle of my typing this review, the Bucs defense was called for another offsides penalty. Schiano isn’t going to stand for penalties, especially bullshit ones that are totally avoidable like offsides. Some dudes are going to be running gassers today so they can remember to wait until the ball is snapped.

* Another avoidable penalty: Preston Parker‘s personal foul. It was a scrap with a Dolphins player and might have been overlooked if he hadn’t muffed that punt. Stars can get into fights and get flagged and get away with it. Guys who drop footballs can’t.

* I think the Bucs had more big plays during this game than they did in the last ten games last season.

* Lavonte David is fast. Did you see him make that tackle on punt coverage? He got down there before the ball did.

* Adrian Clayborn is so fast off the ball. He didn’t post any stats in the game, but he’s going to be tough to block this season.

* Myron Lewis started the game but looked hesitant and lost. I’ve heard good things about him in camp, but he was invisible during the game. I’m guessing this is his last chance with the Bucs and he may not survive the cut to 53. But at least he’ll have one more chance with the Redskins when Raheem Morris convinces them to pick him up.

* But Anthony Gaitor looked great. Passes broken up, solid tackling, tight coverage. It’s not even a contest right now if the decision is between Lewis and Gaitor.

* Mason Foster had three tackles and played for less than a quarter. There is a new dedication to stopping the run and it looks like Foster is going to be leading that charge.

I thought it was an impressive showing and a great indication of the direction the Bucs are headed. Your impressions in the comments.

Surprise! Well, At Least A Couple Of Them

August 06, 2012 at 01:47pm by Scott   •  1 Comment »

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Stephen Holder wrote a piece about the five biggest surprises in camp so far. Somehow Brian Price being traded away for scrap iron didn’t make the list, so congratulations for Holder for seeing that one coming, I guess. Dallas Clark‘s performance so far is #1, and I guess it makes sense that people might think he’d take practices off or be extra-careful with his injuries, but I’m really not surprised that he’s doing well.

Holder is also surprised by Quincy Black, as am I. But he has looked good in camp before and then when the games start, he seems to make all the wrong decisions. This new scheme may be helping him out.

And defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan seems willing to let Black do what he’s best at: pursue. The sixth-year veteran out of New Mexico said he’s being asked to do less reading in this scheme, and it’s no coincidence he seems to be making more plays.

Holder also lists Myron Lewis as a surprise even though he doesn’t exactly rave about him. Maybe the surprise is that he’s still around. Demar Dotson also makes the cut, although I’m not shocked he’s doing well. The Bucs’ tackle positions have been locked up for a few years now, but everyone has always been high on Dotson.

The last player to surprise Holder is Dan Orlovsky. Dan was able to identify the thick, white stripe at the back of the endzone as the “bad place” where you aren’t allowed to step right out of ten times. Way to go, Dan!

REAR ENTRIES: Camp Is Dangerous

July 28, 2012 at 01:08pm by Scott   •  6 Comments »

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BENN HURT: According to PFT, Arrelious Benn strained an MCL and is expected to miss four weeks, meaning all of training camp and possibly all of preseason. I’d say run out and grab Dezmon Briscoe again, but the Redskins picked him up on waivers, so I guess he and Tanard Jackson and Raheem Morris can all get together after practice and talk about how the Bucs don’t know what they’re doing by letting them go. Jackson should have plenty of time to chat since he’s on the PUP list.

Anyway, Benn’s role in the offense has been reduced with the arrival of Vincent Jackson, but I imagine he will still be missed. The curse of the second-round continues. Someone wrap Lavonte David in bubble wrap.

DOMINIK EXPLAINS TRADE: Speaking of the second-round curse, Mark Dominik explained that Brian Price‘s trade to Chicago was not a spur of the moment decision.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said Friday the trade of beleaguered defensive tackle Brian Price and release of wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe were moves the team had been “planning” for at least a couple weeks and that neither player should have been surprised by the move.

But then he said the least politically correct thing he could say about a player who has been through as much as Price has. And he’s absolutely 100% correct.

“But at some point we have to go out there and win some football games, and part of the plan for us was to be involved in free agency this offseason and go out and find guys like Amobi Okoye and Wallace Gilberry, who can help out, so his was a position that we have focused on, knowing this day could come.”

Dominik didn’t rest on “We’re going in a different direction,” which everyone else would have done. By saying “at some point we have to go out there and win some football games,” he said that despite all of Price’s personal issues, the Buccaneers are not a charity and can’t afford to have someone on the roster who cannot contribute to wins. It seems harsh but it has to be said. I’m glad Dominik said it.

BIGGERS DOWN TOO: Hey look at that. While I was looking for a third story, the Bucs released a statement that E.J. Biggers also suffered a foot injury yesterday, apparently in the same play that injured Benn when they collided.

“It’s part of the game, unfortunately, in no-pads,” said Schiano. “It’s just an unfortunate thing, but we’ve got to keep pressing on. Those two guys will get back. They’re going to keep preparing and working. My philosophy when a guy gets injured is, certainly there are things you can’t do with skill development, but there’s a lot of things you can do. In the weight room, rehab – that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to work at the things you can control.”

Anthony Gaitor and Myron Lewis will likely be filling in while Biggers is down. I had high hopes for Lewis a while ago, but this may be his last real opportunity to shine.

Ronde Barber’s Future

December 30, 2011 at 02:33pm by Scott   •  8 Comments »

Stop looking at the scoreboard, Ronde. You'll feel better.
Most of the talk today is on Ronde Barber‘s response to the question as to whether he is coming back and if Raheem Morris‘s status as coach has anything to do with it.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say that,” Barber said when asked if his future was linked to Morris’. “That’s somewhat true. But we’ll see. Ideally, I’d love to be back and play with (Morris), and (secondary coach) Jimmy (Lake) and (linebackers coach) Joe Baker. They’re great coaches and they’re fun to be around. They understand me and I understand them. So I imagine that will have something to do with it.”

It’s kind of funny that I’d like the oldest player on the team to stay for his playmaking and not for his veteran leadership. Ronde has missed some tackles this season just like EVERYONE else, but he’s still one of the most solid guys on the team in that department. But as far as leadership goes, he’s never been the guy you’d turn to hear the rallying cry for the team to get its collective ass in gear. Hell, he’s pretty sure the team has given up on Morris.

“… I have lots of good opinions about Rah. He’s a good friend of mine and I want well for him. He deserves a team that plays its (butt) off for him, to be honest with you, guys that care about winning football, because that’s what good coaches have.”

The implication, of course, is that this particular team is not playing its ass off for Morris. He’s right, but I don’t know if that’s what you want to hear from your leader when there is still a game left to play. The frustration has got to be getting to him, but shit, don’t sound like you’ve given up until the final game is over.

Whether he stays or goes, there has got to be an infusion of some talented cornerback blood into the team in the offseason. Aqib Talib may go to jail or get suspended and even if he doesn’t he has a hard time staying healthy, and even if he stays healthy we don’t know if he’ll respond any better to another coach. E.J. Biggers gets burned as often as he makes plays. Myron Lewis hasn’t come on as the big bad cornerback he was supposed to be coming out of Vanderbilt. Basically the team would do just as well with a few lawn and leaf trash cans placed around the field and hoping the quarterback accidentally throws the football into one of them.

Not Good Enough But Better Than Expected

November 21, 2011 at 12:29pm by Scott   •  7 Comments »

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So, yesterday’s game wasn’t a wretched piece of shit that makes you embarrassed for yourself and your community, and that’s a definite step forward. In fact, it was actually a pretty good game by the Bucs and if they had played it against just about any other team, they probably would have won. But they played the Packers and they’re made of pixie dust this year and Aaron Rodgers is the perfect combination of EVERYTHING so here the Bucs sit at 4-6. At least my Volunteers beat Aaron’s brother, Jordan, who plays for Vanderbilt. But even that was too close for comfort. If the Vols had lost that one, I would have had to add the Rodgers family to my list of families to kill. But first, the Baldwins. Except Alec. I still loves me some 30 Rock.

Josh Freeman calmed down and had a relatively decent day. I’d still like to see him pull the ball down an run a little more when the opportunity is there (like on his interception to Tramon Williams when he had Arrelious Benn in front of him to block), but overall he wasn’t bad. He wasn’t betrayed nearly as much by his wide receivers as he has been in the past either, making for a 78% completion percentage.

Mike Williams looked like his old self. Maybe he called Fred Biletnikoff and bought some of his super-secret invisible Stickum. I didn’t notice any drops, so whatever works. Beautiful touchdown slant, too.

All the other receivers — Benn, Dezmon Briscoe, Preston Parker — came through in clutch situations. I’m guessing Eric Yarber changed the punishment for dropping a pass from carrying a football around in your arms all week to carrying it around in your ass like Christopher Walken did with Butch’s watch. Sometimes you just need the right motivation.

I’d like to point out that Connor Barth is kicking at over 90% right now. I’m not kidding when I say he should be considered for MVP of the team so far.

Hey, LeGarrette Blount had 18 carries and broke a long one for a touchdown. Who’da thunk it? Oh wait, ALL OF US THUNK IT. I don’t care if you give Blount the ball ten times and he gains nothing. There’s a very good chance that on the eleventh one, he’s going for 60 yards. He ran for 107 with a 5.9 YPC average and one of the mod spectacular runs you’ll ever see. That run is up there with the best of Mike Alstott‘s.

Adrian Clayborn and Brian Price were twins yesterday, both getting a nice sack and a tackle for loss. I still can’t help but wonder how dominant Price would be if he were allowed to play 3-technique. Albert Haynesworth is playing it and didn’t have a great game.

Rodgers tested Aqib Talib because he’s been on the skids lately, but Talib really stepped up with three passes defensed.

E.J. Biggers: Still awful. And then Myron Lewis replaced him and he was no better. Is Elbert Mack really their best option as a third corner right now? It may be time to bend the rules of the new regime and pick up a good veteran cornerback in free agency next offseason. Lewis is a third-rounder and isn’t quite panning out.

Raheem Morris chewed Quincy Black a new asshole after he gave up that touchdown. I really hope it gets through to him. Black has all the physical tools to be awesome, but somehow he keeps missing plays. I thought this linebacker corps was going to be the strongest unit in the defense and maybe one of the better ones in the league, but it’s really been disappointing. Yesterday wasn’t terrible and the Packers’ running game was held to under 100 yards, but then again the Packers aren’t really a running team.

Morris’s decision to go for two early in the fourth quarter was fucking stupid and someone needs to tell him. I’m sure it seems real tough and gritty to go for two and it says that you have confidence in your offense, but you can’t leave any points on the table against a team like the Packers. If they had just kicked the PAT, they would have actually been in the game at the end. You only go for two when time dictates no other option. The onside kicks didn’t bother me, although someone needs to work with Michael Koenen on getting the ball ten yards down the field. Successful onside kicks can really flip momentum and steals a possession from a hot offense like Green Bay’s. So yeah, go for them. But take your points where you can.

What a shame about that early punt that never happened. Punters are so well protected by the rules that Jacob Cutrera wasn’t going to just tackle him like he could have. So I don’t blame the Bucs for that one — it was just a freak play. I can’t believe I actually used Cutrera’s name in a write-up.

If the Bucs can keep up this level of play, they can win between 4-6 of their next games. At this point, I’m not seeing playoffs in the future, but I can see them ending the season on a positive note. I just hope that a good ending doesn’t make them forget the shit they went through in the first ten games and that they remember the deficiencies and holes in their team when the offseason kicks in.

Next Man Up

August 24, 2011 at 09:42am by Scott   •  No Comments »

Are those his normal pads? He looks like a turtle who is about to go into his shell.
Raheem Morris discussed the possibility of being without Aqib Talib, a topic Rick Stroud is keenly interested in since he was the one who said the Bucs would cut him as soon as the lockout ended. “Prepared to move on” isn’t quite as strong, but at least it’s something.

Coach Raheem Morris said he planned to treat Talib’s situation as if he were an injured player.

Talib’s trial isn’t set to start until the season ends, so the only way Talib wouldn’t be in the lineup is if he actually was injured, so it’s not a huge stretch. If Roger Goodell tries to lay down a suspension for this incident which occurred during the lockout, Talib should sue the league.

“For me, it’s next man up,” Morris said Tuesday. “… It’s the next guy out of the box. There’s a reason you practice, there’s a reason you practice with depth. There’s a reason (general manager) Mark Dominik drafts and steals corners from people because we prepare for everything. We want to be the deepest team in the league and the youngest team in the league. Hungry. Go out and play.

“I wish Aqib nothing but the best, but next man up theory. Don’t even blink.”

There’s a surprise. Oh, really? The Bucs are prepared to be without a player? What is he supposed to say? “Well, if they suspend Talib, I guess we’ll all have to go out and find other jobs. Me, I think I’ll try being a plumber. They make some decent money and you get to work with your hands.” They are prepared to move on if any player on the team is unavailable. Football stops for no one. The only exception may be Josh Freeman, who they have built up to such a degree that they would have a hard time getting fans to buy into the fact that Josh Johnson would be a seamless transition.

“I don’t know if he’s going to be here or not as far as this upcoming game,” said E.J. Biggers, Talib’s replacement at left cornerback. “I mean, he’s the best corner we have on the team, so obviously, we want him to be around. I’m praying for the best for him.”

Ronde Barber responds: “The fuck?”

Raheem Morris discusses the options in case Talib is not available for the regular season opener:

“We’ll see. Right now MLew (Lewis) has sort of been hampered by the hamstring, so I don’t know exactly where he is. But that would be a nice matchup with MLew. It could be a possible nice matchup with Biggers’ quickness. You could put the old crafty vet (Ronde Barber) on him. Let go out there and be scrappy and possibly win.

“Be scrappy and possibly win”? I think we have a new team battle cry for the season. Morris is usually full of bravado and optimism, so something as tentative as “possibly win” is pretty unusual. And still, the thing I find most disappointing about that statement is that Myron Lewis‘s nickname is MLew. Just… just awful.

We should hear something soon about Talib’s visit to Goodell and what the fallout will be, but I’m putting my money on nothing happening until next year.

The Nnamdi Debate

July 07, 2011 at 09:22am by Scott   •  20 Comments »

They're talking $20-million per year for his next contract. The Glazers are gonna want some picks for $20-million per year.
All the talk so far about Nnamdi Asomugha going to the Bucs has been from fans debating on whether or not it was a good idea. But now that a national guy like Jason La Canfora has broached the subject, I guess it’s time to take it a little more seriously. Here’s what he had to say about it yesterday:

“I was talking to two GMs this morning and ran this very scenario by them, and neither disagreed,” La Canfora said. “The Bucs are going to have to set the market with a deal or two to get up to the cash thresholds if that ends up being in the deal. And while I hear Nnamdi would like primarily to go to a team that is seen as a perennial contender, he also knows money talks and he ain’t a spring chicken anymore. Remember, the Bucs put a pretty massive deal on the table for (Albert) Haynesworth a few years back as well. I could see them out-bidding others for Nnamdi (but that average per year is gonna be more like $19M than $16M). That would not surprise me.”

La Canfora covers the financial aspect of a deal for Nnamdi, but not the most important part of it. Would Nnamdi fit in the Bucs’ plans? Does he fit the mold of the kind of player Raheem Morris is trying to fill his team with? First of all, Nnamdi is a defensive back and Raheem loves him some defensive backs. He is a vocal and very active member of the community in Oakland. His character is said to be impeccable; he has never been arrested or suspended. All that works. He is also a leader in the Raiders’ defense. Although Ronde Barber is the godfather back there, he doesn’t command the backfield like I think Nnamdi would. Aqib Talib seems to have taken on the role as the fiery kick-ass leader of the secondary, but if Roger Goodell suspends him when the season finally kicks off (and given Goodell’s policy of “suspend first and ask questions later, it’s very likely), that position could be open for a while.

If the Bucs were to bring him over, he would obviously start. Who would sit on the bench, assuming Talib is not suspended? Ronde? I guess that makes the most sense given his age and the fact that Ronde plays a lot of nickel anyway. What this would also mean is that you’re basically giving up on the development of Myron Lewis and E.J. Biggers, at least for 2011. If Ronde retires after this year, one of them could step into his nickel spot and depending on Talib’s legal situation, that slot could also open. But at least for 2011, they’re doing a lot of ass sitting. Raheem likes both of those guys, so that would not sit well with him. But obviously Nnamdi is the better player, so how could he argue?

Did you know Nnamdi only has 11 career interceptions? He’s been in the league since 2003 and has only missed five games but still only has 11 interceptions. And eight of those came in 2006! I guess that’s what happens when you shut down your side of the field. Darrelle Revis has 14 for his career, but none last year when his Revis Island reputation really took off. Then again, Champ Bailey has been a well-known top cornerback for years and still averages four interceptions per season and has never gone a year without at least one pick.

It would be a change of philosophy for the Bucs, but you can’t deny Nnamdi’s talent and character. I’m really on the fence about this one. Forget how much money he would cost or salary cap implications — that boring shit doesn’t concern us. Is it a better idea to bring Nnamdi to Tampa or should the continue developing the guys they have?