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March 18, 2013 @ 1:31 am
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Bucs Free Agent Options Shrinking; Who's Left To Fill Holes?

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Free agency is entering Week 3 and the Buccaneers have done little at this point, disappointing some fans and surprising many around the league. Below is a list of positions that the Buccaneers may be looking to address along with three players at each position still available in free agency.
With free agency three weeks old, fans are still waiting to see exactly how and if the Buccaneers will address the loss of Michael Bennett and Roy Miller in free agency, and also what the plan to upgrade the cornerback position is.

Tampa Bay feels somewhat comfortable at the left defensive end spot, with Da’Quan Bowers slated to step into Bennett’s role. Replacing Miller is a bit trickier as the nose tackle market was thin to begin with.

Here is a list of defensive positions that most feel the Buccaneers need starters are at the very least some additional depth. Included are the best available free agents who the Buccaneers could possibly be interested in.

DEFENSIVE TACKLES
Richard Seymour
Seymour, despite being 34, is still a highly productive player – when on the football field. The problem is staying healthy and with some knee issues in the past, and a hamstring injury that limited him to just eight games in 2012, the addition of Seymour is a risky proposition. However when looking at his 350 plus snaps in 2012, Seymour graded high and still managed to notch three quarterback takedowns, which was three more than Roy Miller or Gary Gibson had last year.

Casey Hampton
Hampton has been a fixture in the Steel City for a number of years and was a big part of their success over the last 10 years, but like Seymour, most likely his best days are behind him. Of course that doesn’t mean the Buccaneers couldn't use him for a season or two, at the least provide some depth behind now current starter Gary Gibson. Hampton doesn’t excel at getting to the quarterback but is an excellent run stuffer and the five-time Pro Bowler uses his 325 lbs of girth to make running inside extremely difficult. Hampton could also bring some leadership as he has spent his entire 13-year career with the Steelers organization.

Sedrick Ellis
Ellis, a former No. 7 overall pick has never lived up to his billing in New Orleans collecting just 12.5 sacks in his five seasons in the Big Easy. But many people still feel the talent level warrants another shot, and a change of scenery could be beneficial. Ellis had his best season in 2010, one in which he notched 44 tackles and six sacks and two forced fumbles for the Saints. At only 27, Ellis should still have plenty left in the tank.

DEFENSIVE ENDS
Osi Umenyiora
It appears Umenyiora is destined to join the Falcons and the Buccaneers could regret the decision to not attempt to sign the former Giants as they could face him twice a year over the next few seasons. The Falcons are looking to replace John Abraham and Umenyiora is basically a younger version. The fact that there hasn’t been any rumors of the Bucs looking at Umenyiora could have to do with the inside intel Tampa Bay has with former Giants assistants Mike Sullivan and Bill Sheridan now on Greg Schiano’s staff. Maybe Umenyiora isn’t a “Buccaneer Man” but there isn’t anyone on the Bucs current roster with a resume that contains 75 career sacks.

John Abraham
The free agent defensive end market has been surprisingly on the cheap side and older veterans like Abraham are feeling the financial pinch. Abraham is getting up their in years but most expect he can still be a situational third-down pass rusher. The Denver Broncos apparently think so and have been discussing a deal for the former Falcon to replace Elvis Dumervil. Even at age 34 Abraham still recorded 35 tackles, 10 sacks and six forced fumbles while playing all 16 games in Atlanta last season.

Dwight Freeney
A player like Dwight Freeney makes sense for Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have obviously decided that Da’Quan Bowers will get the majority of the snaps next season, but playing in 90-degree September heat at Raymond James Stadium will make it doubtful that any player on the defensive line won’t need an occasional breather. And a player like Freeney could bring valuable experience and leadership to the Bucs young defensive ends. Freeney could provide depth at both positions, as he would occasionally flip flop spots while starring for the Colts.

CORNERBACKS
Brent Grimes
Grimes appears to be the best free agent cornerback left in free agency and there were thoughts that the Buccaneers were interesting in bringing the former Falcon to Tampa Bay. But both Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times and Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune recently tweeted that Grimes and the Buccaneers don’t appear to be a good fit for whatever reason. Grimes is coming off an Achilles injury that cost his 15 games last season, but reports out of Atlanta say that Grimes is right on, or even a little ahead of schedule in his rehab from the injury. The addition of Grimes could also make the Jets blink in the Darrelle Revis staredown.

Nnamdi Asomugha
Asomugha was a bust in Philadelphia after signing a mega contract prior to the 2011 season. But at one point late in his Raiders career, Asomugha was regarded as a top-5 cornerback in the NFL. What happened in Philly is anyone’s guess, but it hasn’t stopped both the 49ers and the Saints from pursuing Asomugha. At 6-2, 210-pounds Asomugha fits the bill of what most feel the Buccaneers are looking for in the cornerback position.

Antoine Winfield
Even at age 36 Winfield notched 101 tackles and intercepted three passes for Minnesota last season, playing at a physical level. The Buccaneers most likely would prefer younger players but at this point in free agency the pool is rapidly shrinking. Reports say Winfield will meet with the Redskins this week as they are looking for a replacement for DeAngelo Hall was released earlier this month. Two unidentified teams were also in the running for Winfield according to reports, and the Buccaneers could, and probably should, be at least kicking the tires on the former Viking.

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    Still some quality FAs out there on Defense and who do they sign?, Derek Landri. WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Com on Dominik and sign someone and give them a shot. it is better to Love and lose than never to have Loved at all. You can always cut the buggers if they do not perform but at least DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How about Ellis , Freeney or even Abraham. Non one says you have to overpay for these guys like Asomugha at this stage in their careers but at lest do a little fishing instead of just sittung on your arse and doing nothing. I think I am going to go puke now. Blood pressure is up to 360 after Grimes was signed by someone else and not the Bucs. Go Figure!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I do not want to be negative and I really love the Bucs. I am certainly not a football expert but I do not understand what Dominik and the ownership are trying to accomplish. After a somewhat successful FA period last year, I thought that the team had started to turn the corner as far as spending and no longer being last in acquiring some better players. I give them Kudos for signing Goldson but then nothing, especially in our areas of biggest needs, CB, OL, LB and DL. I know they are holding on to the possibility of signing Revis but in reality it does not seemthat is going to happen and in the meantime the crop of available FA's is dwindling. If for some reason Revis is not signed and as time goes by it seems less likely I am afraid this team has not stepped up to the bell and will certainly pay the price this upcoming season especially with every other team in our division improving. Ithink this team needs to sign Revis or not and move on. Dominik had better do something productive on the defense in FA or at least make an attempt to improve this defense or as much as I like him he needs to go. I think that putting too much emphasis on one player (Revis) is a huge mistake.Yes it would be great and a huge signing. If not it certainly will set this team back in its improvement. Here is hoping they have a great draft.
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    I think not pursuing Umenyiora will bite us in the backside..not saying that he would have come to Tampa, but he's a quality player. Maybe there is something to Sullivan's opinion of him, but what does this team have to lose. We need to put butts in the seats at Ray Jay! I'm tired of being a season ticket holder and watching mediocre football. Our CB position is not going to fix itself overnight. I'd love to get Revis, but like most on here, I do not want to give up this year's number one pick. Freeney is not a horrible idea. Bowers is very talented, but it wouldn't hurt to have a savvy vet to fill in. Don't give up on Dom just yet. Yes, it seems he has let a lot of players slip away in FA, but let's just see if he has something up his sleeve. Either way, LETS GO BUCS! -ttampa
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    I'm liking the discussion, I also think it is becoming more apparent that we will need to use our first this year to complete the Revis deal. I was really hoping for a stud NT like Lotuleilie to fall to us and make our D-Line fierce. Remember Claiborne was a player requiring frequent double teams (and triples in college) If we had a truly powerful NT with pass rush ability they wouldnt be able to double AC or McCoy every play. Leaving Bowers in the one-on-one coverage with RT I do agree will lead to double digit sacks, maybe in the mid-teens. If we give up our first this year and a 2nd next for Revis, anyone think there is a possibility of recooping a 3rd or 4rth from the Jets this year?? Could use it to trade back into first with our second if needed (like not losing a first) Grab a corner and then draft T. Mathieu with our other 3rd. He was rated a first round CB at the end of last year and is true playmaker. Dom has shown he is willing to juggle and move all over the draft to get our targeted players, I hope this year is no exception as it may be even more crucial than in years past. Would love to know what you guys think!!
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    Canadianbucfan, Why do we have to use our first pick this year to get Revis? Whats the big rush. There isnt any other team out there that can make this trade. Why not wait until week 4 or 5 of the season to make a trade? That way we get to see if Revis is fully recovered and returns to probowl form before giving up all our draft picks on him. It also lets us keep this years draft picks. The Jets cant afford to keep him and they are not just going to let him walk away with no compensation. We have the leverage. Lets use it. Worse case senerio we pick him up next year in FA and save all of our draft picks. As much as i would love for it to happen, we aren't going to the superbowl this year even with Revis so why give away more then we have to. Then we can draft a DT with the first pick and trade back into the 1st round and grab a CB (Trufant or Rhodes) with our next pick. We may even be able to get Mathieu with our 3rd round pick and cut wright and resign Barber. Then if we do somehow manage to trade for Revis before the deadline our secondary would consist of Revis, Trufant or Rhodes, Mathieu, and Barber. Let Barber teach our rookie CB's for a year.
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    Wnb - I would be concerned in waiting longer to trade for Revis for a few reasons. Primarily I believe the longer it goes on, the higher probability that the Jets themselves re-sign him. They have an available 13 million currently under the cap which would account for his expected salary, beyond that, the Jets have a tremendously bloated contract for Mark Sanchez who is one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league. He will be cut between now and this time next year undoubtedly, worst case scenario (for us) they realize they have a better chance with McElroy, Tebow or others when Sanchez reports to training camp as the same QB he has been. Then they would recognize that Revis is a much stronger building block than Sanchez or other over-payed players. If this deal is not done by the end of Draft day 1, I dont think he ever becomes a Buc. Hitting unrestricted free agency, he will almost certainly going to a contender and the "buccaneer price" I anticipate would be 3-4 million per year more than an organization like the 49ers, patriots, packers, giants etc. that make him an essential piece to an imminent super-bowl birth. While you and I are believers in this team, they have not yet built up enough credit in this league. In my scenario, Revis (1st pick), (trufant/banks/L.Ryan - 2nd+), and T. Mathieu (3-4) I do actually think we are a playoff team, and any team that gets a date to the dance is a potential super-bowl contender.
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    Canadian bucfan, Even if the jets cut sanchez they are still on the hook for a big chunk of his contract. If Revis comes back from his injury and return to his probowl form he will command 15 mil a year and the jets arent going to give him that. If he doesn't then we didnt over pay for him. Even if the Jets offer him that, he will def become a FA to test the market to see if he can get more. We have alot more cap space then they do and we could always out bid them. The Jets are a team on the decline, Revis is going to want to play for a playoff team. And hopefully by next year we will be a playoff team. Even if the Bucs somehow dont get Revis, He still wont be a Jet next year. The Jets are going to start rebuilding next year. So worse case senario, we have to out bid the Jets for Revis next year. pay him an extra half mil a year. So you got to ask yourself is half mil a year for 4-5 years worth a 1st and 2nd round pick? I think it is. If I was a GM I would pay any team 2.5 mil for thier 1st and 2nd pick in any draft.
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    Absolutely correct Roland. After the middle of the first round players start to be in groups of similarly graded brethren. Thus, when picking later in the draft there are a half-dozen or more players of equal ability at any juncture. That's when need starts to become more of a priority. Theoretically of course. Fun ain't it?
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    DeAngelo Hall at CB? I didn't watch the Skins much last year but he's not that old and he is a bump N run CB...
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    scubog I sort of agree. In round one it is possible, if not easy to reach for a player but as you get later in a draft it should be much easier to "force" yourself to grab the best player at a certain position. The difference/value between two players should be minimal in round 3 and 4 unless you are forcing a player at a position that just happens to be very weak in that draft. Freeney or Abraham could be a great addition for this year and perhaps more importantly a great mentor to our young talented DEs. Grab Tommy Kelly imo too. At CB.... ouch.
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    JonnyG: You misunderstood what I'm saying. I agree that theoretically the higher the draft choice the more likely he is to succeed. It's Horse who thinks it's better to keep moving down to get quantity over quality. And that does have its' merits too. Of course a CB taken in the first round has a better chance than one drafted later on. What I don't agree is drafting by position of need if there is clearly a much better player available at position of lesser need. What if there is a run on CB's? I wouldn't want to draft a guy graded to be a 2nd rounder at # 13 just because he's the best CB standing and pass on a top OT. CB is obviously our greatest need by far but we have more than one weakness. Just fill them with the best players. Like I said, I hope the best player left when the Bucs are on the clock is a CB in two or three of our opportunities.
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    To rely on Barber is a mistake. He got burned just like everyone else. It's time to move on from old, slow CB's. If Dominik fields a team this year with poor CB's he needs to go !
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    I think the plan must be to stick Ronde Barber in the endzone on every play, so we can't get burned again....who needs corners!
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    I don't think we will bring in any of the guys on this list. We should look at Tommie Kelly though he was a captain in the raiders and is way better than Roy miller or Gibson. Bring him in Dom!
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    Dream Roster Defense Revis, Asomugha, barber, Gohlson, Barron (Nambi will bouce back when he finds out he's gotta get his *censored* together, plus fits our system PERFECT) Foster(outside), Dansby, David Clayborn, Semour, McCoy, Bowers That is a superbowl defense. Our ofense is GREAT if we can get a flipping tight end, Effriet in the 1st round? Replace Semour an Dansby in draft in the next 2 years. Also draft a corner this year or next, depending on what NY gets for Revis. We alos need to pick up an offensive linemen in FA. There are PLENTY of vets looking for work. Replace them in the coming drafts.
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    The Raiders just released Tommy Kelly, I think we should bring him in, he is a huge man at 6'6 320 and is a good run stopper he is certantly better than Roy Miller or Gibson
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    Scu- Because we have had some success at drafting corners in the later rounds doesn't mean we should reach on them in them in the future, thats like saying we have had some success with getting a few LB's in the past in the late rounds so lets wait till round 5-7 to find our solution to that problem, huh? No, you take the highest rated player at the position because the early rounds have a higher success rate than the later rounds which has been proven accross the board its a proven fact you can google if your unsure. As far as free agency is concerned yes not every free agent is a success either but you have to try and make your team better by signing players who have had success in the past, our own team has many more players than Nicks and Jackson ex: Hardy Nickerson, Brad Johnson, Michael Pittman, Alvin Harper (oops), Jeff Christy, Simeon Rice, Keenan McCardell, Joe Jurevicious, Ken Dilger, Keyshawn, Jeff Faine, Ian Gold, Jeff Garcia, it was really only Gruden that screwed up getting old *censored* free agents that we have a failure rate.
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    I don't see anything wrong with having an "Type" of personality in a player that you look for to sign... Just signing anyone is how you end up with a team and disarray and disention in the locker room and not enough room in said locker room for all the egos... I agree with the approach of looking for players that fit the mold of the team that is being built... That is how you win long term and get the most out of your team... Ill take an entire team of above avg players rather than majority avg with a few high prices or old egos that just end up being a cancer any day... And if that means passing on the best old balls free agents and build through the draft and waiting for the right free agents when available then so be it... You don't have to spend the money just because you have it just like you don't have to run out and grab players just because they are there... I'm tired of every Joe Schmo thinking they know what best for a team more than someone who actually lives and breathes the sport and who's job depends on it... Just be a fan and support your team and stop tryin to play arm chair GM... The team had brilliant moments last year but a couple secondary positions caused detriment to both sides of the ball both by allowing points to be so easily scored and cause our (believe it or not) pretty damn solid and impressive offense having to push it to make up for it... We have a pro bowl safety and a future pro bowl safety now and one way or another we will hopefully find a way to improve our secondary hopefully and provide depth for the Dline and we will instantly be better this year... I will reserve judgment on the professionals decisions and hope that they know what they are doin better than I or we do and support my team because I always will through thick and thin... Go Bucs...
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    The fact that Eric Wright has not been released speaks to some of what the Bucs have planned. When the Bucs are able to finally complete the Revis deal (which will probably be draft night) then we will have Revis, Wright and Ronde at corner. My guess is that this will cost us this years 1st and next years 2nd. I have heard some interesting reports that say the Bucs liked their interview with Tyrann Mathieu and wouldnt shy away from drafting him at the right point in the draft. The Honey Badger could use this year to help on special teams, dime sets all while learning the ropes from Ronde Barber who has a similar skill set. If we walk into camp with Revis, Wright, Barber, Mathieu, Lewis, Johnson then this is a drastically upgraded unit and most importantly it will provide legit competition to Lewis' roster spot which we have all questioned. This is probably not the ideal scenario for most but it would at least make us middle of the pack on passing defense and with our offense and solid run D that might be enough to make us a playoff team. The ability to take Julio Jones, Colston, and Steve Smith out of the gameplans and focus on the remaining players would free up the Bucs tremendously scheme wise to slow the rest down. Not the ideal scenario for most but a very realistic possibility. Go Bucs!
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    STLBucsfan I agree with you on everything but Wright. I think the Bucs are waiting for the Revis trade to go through before letting Wright go. Wright is our back up plan in case the Revis trade doesnt happen. I dont think we should make the trade for Revis until week 5. Waiting until week 5 does 2 things. First it lets us see how the injury has affected him and if he is still the same corner. Also it lets us keep all our draft picks from this years draft. We should draft DT Star Lotulelei or DT Sheldon Richardson first round. Then trade back into the first round and get CB Desmond Trufant. Then grab CB Mathieu in the 3rd. Resign Barber and cut Wright. That leaves us with 2 rookie corners but Barber will have a year to teach these rookies. If we can trade for Revis week 5 then we are set in the secondary for years to come. Imagine our secondary Revis, Trufant, Mathieu, Goldston, Barron. Our Dline would consist of 3 first round picks and 1 second round pick. Bowers, lotulelei, McCoy, and Clayborn. Our LB's would be good also with David and Foster.
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    Quite a list of "Has Beens and Never Beens". It seems many of us just want our favorite team to sign a player to have something to read about. It's as if the free agent players are all on the shelves of Free Agents are Us and when the doors swing open, 32 teams race in to fill their cart. We fans look in the window and see our own Mark Dominik quickly go to the safety aisle to grab one off the top shelf. But then too quickly makes his way to the door while grabbing a TE and WR from the lower shelf on his way out. The screams from fans ring out as they give a Nancy Kerrigan "WHYYYYYY?" as the other GM's continue to fill their baskets with used toys that might need new batteries or an arm sewn back on. For JonnyG's sake, I hope the "Best Player Available" at # 13 is a cornerback. Our best ones were drafted in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I'm still not a big fan of free agency in spite of the success with Jackson and Nicks (while he was healthy). There are simply far more cases where the big signing did little to nothing to improve the new team. Too often they go from headline to headed to the exit with a pocket full of cash.
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    Scu- Because we have had some success at drafting corners in the later rounds doesn't mean we should reach on them in them in the future, thats like saying we have had some success with getting a few LB's in the past in the late rounds so lets wait till round 5-7 to find our solution to that problem, huh? No, you take the highest rated player at the position because the early rounds have a higher success rate than the later rounds which has been proven accross the board its a proven fact you can google if your unsure. As far as free agency is concerned yes not every free agent is a success either but you have to try and make your team better by signing players who have had success in the past, our own team has many more players than Nicks and Jackson ex: Hardy Nickerson, Jeff Christy, Simeon Rice, Keenan McCardell, Joe Jurevicious, Ken Dilger, Keyshawn, Jeff Faine, Ian Gold, Jeff Garcia, it was really only Gruden that screwed up getting old *censored* free agents that we have a failure rate.
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    Bucs looking for the perfect players...not sure how that is gonna work out, depth, role players, team players but also some ego needed, wonder if Schiano will take a chance with a player with an ego bigger than his.
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    Didn't you get the memo SR. Grimes doesn't fit Schiano's Buccaneer Man mold. Truly a sad approach to building a team.
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    Well here Iam again-I decided to give another inside about the Bucs very cautious moves.Maybe we get Revis and maybe R.Barber comes back to another year. Those questions will be answer between now(Mar 26) andd the Draft about a month away. I remember in the past .But look at what the Bucs have now and who has left. Tampa went out and got a darn good Free Safety that will be a regular for the next 5 yrs. They pickup TE that will fit great in the bucs scheme. Tampa has over 27 million to spend if they do,Plus if they keep Wright now at a minimual plus another 7 million they have. Tampa don't have to spend that.Can't Tampa use some of the money to bring in the best Rookies available. Look at all these so call teams MIAMI,SF,CINN,DEN etc. Did they really Improve themselves in 1 and 2 yrs deals.Remember if Tampa doesn't spend this year they can spend it next year. Maybe they get a DE or DT for a one or two year sign up. If tampa can get the right players on the same wave patten TAMPA will be successful.Lets wait Tampa and see. If the GM didnot pull the correct trigger then the tampa fans will demand the GM head! GO BUCS I say get the best player available in each of this year draft. GO BUCS
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    The difference is you have a terrible return game for years and you have an absoulute gift in L Washington come available, Who signs him ? The same team that let Welker walk, well what did they do, they filled the crucial slot hole with someone else also( they had a plan).The Good stay good while the others sit around and out think themselves Oh ya they just re signed there Left tackle ( draft them develope them resign them) HHHmmmm?You fill holes through free Agency so you can possibly draft the best player available. I know you can't fill the hole team but you sure as hell don't use FA to create holes you use it to close them.There are tons of cheap one and two year cap friendly deals being done.The difference between the interior line guys above may be a mil max by the time it plays out, so if you are in need, get the dam guy you need.Don't know if Ellis can play nose but there isn't a rookie around that will match his stats and there isn't many in the Nfl that will be more feared than Freeney even at his age.Oh Ya I forgot We have a Plan, Stupid patriots must have panicked; not us we have a plan !!! Oh look the Ravens just panicked also!! I wonder how Jackson and Nicks are feeling about there redone deals Now!!!
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    If we don't trade for Revis and since we haven't done didly squat to sign a free agent corner and as much as some of you want to draft "best player available" theory, that's not gonna happen come draft day it will be a corner in rounds 1 maybe 2 and if not in 2 then definately in 3 and one more in the later rounds unless the Bucs Brass want to see Leonard Johnson and Myron lewis matching up with Julio Jones again, uhm probably not. With the 13th pick of the NFL Draft the Buccaneers select Xavier Rhodes!
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    jongruden, I watched Rhodes at FSU while living there and now back in the Tampa Bay area. I goet nothing good to say about him. PewterReportMC is another FSU Fan and you are not hearing much about Rhodes from him either. Ever hear of Rod "Toast" Jones? Well meet his brother.
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    Horse- Thx for your opinion on Rhodes but I have to respectfully disagree, I too have seen alot of FSU Games as I hate them as my whole family are Seminole Fans and I stand alone as the only Gator Fan in the family. Anyway, I like Rhodes athleticism, size and speed and yes he gives up the occasional play but every corner does it happens, also throw in the fact he is still learning the position as he made the switch from WR. It doesn't matter whether PR likes the guy alot or not most analysts have him in their top 20 on their "Big Board" or like Mayock, Kiper, and so on have him as the second best corner in the league so I'll go with the majority on this one
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    Free agency was over once the got Goldson. I can't wait for the "plan" to be reveled to us all. I am tired of the Revis talk, let the fans know WHEN you do something. I understand the front office does not want to over pay for middle of the road players. It would have been nice to cut Wright, and signed Smith or Cox. I Hope there is another BANG come draft day.
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    There wasn't much out there before Free Agency starter and there definitely is less of not much out there anyway. The only one I would be interested before the draft would be Grimes based on him signing a contract that is not filled with guaranteed money until some goals are made because of his injury?
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    Not to worry....I have inside info that the Bucs are high on Leon Sandcastle and plan to draft him in the first round. Seriously I would try to get Grimes (if recovered) and Maybe Mike Jenkins. I also think Sedrick Ellis could help. You never know how a player will turn out in a new environment. All these guys have a lot of ability just to be in the league.
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    I think that regardless of what some sports writer says. How about Tampa gets a CB and a DE,&DT left to fill a much needed void with the up and coming 2013 season. Tampa it would be great to get Revis now but he's only one player.If Tampa gives 2014 draft choices great. But not the 2013 draft choices.LET'S GO TAMPA DO SOME MOVING WITH OUR BELOVE BUCS THAT FANS HAVE FOLLOW a long time. lets fans start getting back into the stadium-GO BUCS
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    I like the idea of Ellis. I agree with Clearwater that nothing will likely happen now. They will probably wait until after the draft, re-assess needs at that point and grab any FA remaining that can provide depth value on the cheap, or wait even longer for training camp cuts.
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    The only logical explanation for the Bucs inaction in the free agent CB market, other than the fact they may be fixated on Revis, is that they plan on drafting at least one potential starting cornerback and that they see Eric Wright as their plan B in the event Revis doesn't happen. We are all assuming they look at Wright as trash but maybe they view Wright as a CB as good as any of the free agents this year and without the guaranteed money issue, since his is voided. In other words, if they get Revis, great, if not, the start Wright and their first or second round CB draft pick. Nothing else makes sense. As hard as it may be to stomach, given last year, they must view Wright is their best insurance policy which is why they haven't cut him. Worst case is they overpay Wright for 2013 and then they cut him in 2014.
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    IMO the buc's have missed the boat. They have put all the eggs in one basket looking to land Revis. If we get Revis we will have to give up way to much. This team has no depth and has average players. To put Barber back at corner is a joke ! There will be less people at Ray J and many more blackouts in 2013 !
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    Lets bring in Nmandi Askljas;ouihjo;mflkam;iowhjojof;ejiopoia. -3sk
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    Sadly, I would bet that we get NONE of these guys. It's not terrible considering most of them are old and near the end of their careers, but as Mark said, they're better than most players on our roster at these positions.
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