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March 16, 2010 @ 9:26 am
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Yasinskas Discusses Bucs Receivers, Fleischer

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ESPN's Pat Yasinskas discussed what the Buccaneers are doing at wide receiver, and he believes that Bucs general manager Mark Dominik may be trying to trade for another receiver. Dominik traded a 2011 sixth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for receiver Reggie Brown. Yasinskas also thinks that Tampa Bay is targeting Jordan Shipley in the second round.

Well, right now, the Tampa Bay receiving corps doesn’t look very good. The Bucs still need a No. 1 receiver to replace Antonio Bryant and I’m not sure the current crop even includes a solid No. 2 receiver. It obviously is a position that has to be addressed. The Bucs have stayed away from any of the big names available in free agency or possible trades to this point. I know it’s hard for fans to be patient when you see a glaring need like this. But the Bucs will make some moves at some point. I’m guessing you’ll see one veteran come in a trade or as a free agent (might even be somebody who isn’t even available yet) and I’m thinking one of those two second-round draft picks will be used on a receiver. Texas’ Jordan Shipley is the guy I’d keep an eye on.

Yasinskas also weighed in on the Buccaneers hiring former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.

Yes, the Bucs have hired the former White House PR guru to help them choose a new director of communications. Actually, Fleischer has consulted with other NFL teams, most notably the Dolphins last year, on various issues. Supposedly, they want someone who will oversee all of their PR, including the Bucs, Manchester United and their other business interests. Sounds nice in theory, but I’m sure Fleisher’s fee isn’t cheap and the type of big gun they seem to be seeking likely will have a high price tag. My first thought on all this is why are the Bucs so willing to spend money on PR when they’re not spending it on players? Jeff Kamis, who is leaving as director of communications, was very good at his job and he has an outstanding support staff. Yeah, the Bucs have been taking a PR beating, but that wasn’t because of their PR staff. It was because they were 3-13 and made a lot of questionable moves last year. No PR person could have made chicken salad out of all that. If Fleischer is as smart as I think he is, he should be telling the Bucs to go out and get a couple of wide receivers, a defensive end and a defensive tackle. Fix the football team, win some games and the positive PR will flow no matter who is handing out credentials and press releases.

Source: ESPN.com - Pat Yasinskas

PewterReport.com's Take: Pewter Report has also heard about the Bucs having interest in Shipley. If the Bucs don't make a trade for a veteran it seems highly likely that they will take a receiver with one of their second-round picks. There is no arguing with Yaskinskas on his take regarding Fleischer and the Bucs public relations problems.
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