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March 18, 2014 @ 12:45 pm
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Bucs Lose Free Agent FB Lorig To NFC South Rival Saints

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Tampa Bay lost another key contributor in free agency when fullback Erik Lorig agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday according to reports. Lorig joins Adam Hayward, Dekoda Watson and Ted Larsen as 2013 contributors who have signed elsewhere over the last week.
The Buccaneers have been big-time players in free agency over the last seven days, but have also seen a handful of key contributors leave. The latest departure is fullback Erik Lorig who reportedly has signed a four-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Lorig was a defensive end at Stanford and converted to a fullback after joining the Buccaneers as a 2010 seventh-round draft pick in 2010. Lorig hasn’t had his hands on many balls during his four years in Tampa Bay, notching just 30 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown.

But Lorig was an integral of running back Doug Martin’s rookie record-setting 2012 season, which saw the former Boise State star rush for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns and also was part of the success the Buccaneers had with their revolving door of running backs in 2013 after Martin and backup Mike James went down with injuries.

Tampa Bay has just former FSU fullback Lonnie Pryor on their roster. Pryor spent the last six weeks of the season with Tampa Bay after being signed off of the Jaguars practice squad. Pryor was inactive for all six games in Tampa Bay.

In addition to Lorig, Tampa Bay has lost linebacker Adam Hayward and Dekoda Watson and guard Ted Larsen. Hayward joined the Redskins, Watson signed with the Jaguars and Larsen signed a free agent deal with the Cardinals last week.

In other free agency news, former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins, who visited the Buccaneers on Monday, is reportedly on his way for a meeting with the Cardinals. 

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    I never mentioned your name Horse,,,,,,er, Son. I'm wrong a lot. Just ask my wife.
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    That's okay Pops. We both are just having fun. I know your comments are never mean spirited and I did enjoy your responses very much. It's all positive.
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    im going to put this Doug Martin debate to an end right now...THERE IS NO TRADE VALUE FOR RB'S...THERE IS BARELY ANY VALUE FOR RB'S in genreal...look at Knowshon Moreno who is coming off his best year...no one has even called him for a job yet. MJD is waiting too. Trent Richardson trade was just another weird move by Irsay and the Browns...what Im saying is whats the point in trading a player that has little to no value to other teams for a late round draft pick that most likely WONT work out. And player for player trades are rare in NFL and crazy to even suggest. To say Doug Martin has injury problem is a JOKE...he gets hurt once because that idiot Schiano overran him and now hes injury prone? lol ok. I dont get where people come up with these crazy ideas...if any player in Tampa is going to be traded or cut that matters is Mike Williams not Doug Martin
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    pomer1eau; it's a discussion. That's all it is and you have made some valid points.
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    buclover 1988...... The post was is Martin fast enough to be used in a new scheme with no FB. His 40 time was 4.46 and his 20 time was 2.59 not a speedster I believe. I did not Say to cut or replace Martin but what I meant was with all the changes going on that no one is safe on this 4-12 team. Gee, they even got rid of the LS so that also tells me NO ONE is safe with this overhaul ! One has to face the facts that this team was a 4-12 and have not made the playoffs in like forever. The NEW regime will due what is needed to get the team where it needs to be and if that means letting Revis go to get better then I'm sure they could let Martin go !
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    David and McCoy are safe. Only them.
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    i 100% disagree. Martin is not only safe, he will be the vocal point of our offense. and how does cutting the long snapper an indication that no one is safe??? that one makes no sense to me. and 4.46 is pretty fast in my book. martin is extremly explosive which is what we need. martin has the ability to break 40-50-60-70 yard runs. and I no we were a 4-12 team, doesnt mean that EVERY PLAYER that was on that team was at fault. If Martin stays healthy last year, we definitly win more than 4 games. what we need is for rainey to get some carries this year and take the pressure off of martin.
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    fredster, scubog, I never said Martin is bad or a bust or anything like that. He's a good player. I was just referencing that I think he is a candidate for trading if we choose to do so for another player or draft picks. We have 2 other small RB's that can almost do the same as Martin . Unfortunately they also have injury problems too, and this is just my opinion, but I think it is because of their size. So scubog, I guess I will never ever be forgiven by you in calling McCoy a bust due year 1 and 2going on IR twice. Attention, attention everybody! I got that wrong. I am glad that scubog has never gotten anything wrong, he is funny too, and a very good writer. I look up to you as a father figure and hope that I will do better in the future, Dad.
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    rainey and james cant do what Martin does. Martin has extreme balance and agility. Martin also is stronger and doesnt go down easy. not saying your always wrong, but martin isnt going anywhwere. that would be foolish.
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    I thought Lorig was a good FB and had underrated hands. He wasn't the fastest guy or the best route runner, but this wasn't a West Coast offense so he didn't need to be. I hate to see him go the Saints because the same thing will happen that happened with Talib. He'll be the same player performing the same way he did in Tampa, but when plays on a team that plays in nationally televised games often he'll get more recognition and praise by both the national media, other fans and what's worse...Bucs fans.
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    Talking about Martin not working out here is nuts. He's plenty big and strong enough. Who is going to be better. Blount? What a joke. Also lorig seemed to me to be injured way too often. Don't have stats records but it seemed every time I checked his name was on the questionable, doubtful ,or won't play list.
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    Good idea! Trade your best offensive player who went to the Pro Bowl his rookie season. He's 5-9 and 220 but now we need a "bigger" back? That guy Blount is a free agent. Perhaps we should check the size of other running backs, If we did, we'd see that Martin is on the upper end in terms of size. No, he's not Mike Alstott.....but he's not Warrick Dunn either. Guess it's "out of sight-out of mind" when a player gets injured. Yep, should have traded that "bust" Gerald McCoy his second year when he was thought to be "too weak". You know, while we're at it, that linebacker Lavonte David is way too small. As Charlie Brown would say, "good grief".
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    I just think that even if Tedford wants a FB, Lorig was too overpriced. Not sure what his deal was for, but, I think there are a couple of true FB's, not converted DE's, that probably are better blockers and will come cheaper if we want them in FA. G. Jones and L. McLain come to mind. V. Leach is out there too. I think that Leach and Jones are getting a little long in the tooth, but both are excellent blockers at the point of attack. I'm not real impressed with the list of FA WR's that are left. We will probably take a stab at one or two of them late in FA, when the value is better and they may come cheaper. The only two left that I would give a look at if they came cheap are J. Ford and K. Britt. Would only take Britt if Lovie can stare him down and get him to promise to be a model citizen and hard worker on the field. He is a stud when he is on the field and focused. Problem is, he's never on the field or focused. Would rather work on the Guard position now in FA. At least for some depth.
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    Sorry to see Lorig go - last fullback we had that had an impact on the running game was Lorenzo Neal. Lorig is a worker that was a solid contributor.
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    I don't believe losing Lorig is any big deal at all. This looks to me that Coach Smith will start adding a bigger back or two. I still believe that Martin is our best trade opportunity either for another player more suited to the new scheme and or draft picks. Remember Martin was projected as a low 1st rounder or high 2nd rounder in the 2012 draft. I have not heard much about Martin from the Coach or GM.
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    wtf????/ are you high dude????
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    If there is no FB in this scheme , will Martin be fast enough for this scheme ? Martin is more elusive then he is fast and due to his size is better hiding behind blockers then in space. I know Tedford knows what kind of back he likes I just hope Martin can be that player. With all the changes of players on the offensive side of the ball this offense should look totally different.
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    huh???? yes hes fast enough...come on man, you and horse are not on planet earth right now.
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    guess we won't be seeing many 2-back sets...still I think this is a bit of a loss...I keep thinking about that first game two years ago when Lorig absolutekly owned Keuchley....anyway, new scheme is very very welcome Mr Tedford, and if that means no FB, so be it.
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    This is a deep W.R. draft, and the Bucs could be staring at Watkins with #7. Waiting for the market to be set, or come down for the receivers. Ford could return kicks too.
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    Heard Louis Murphy was or is coming for a visit too...kinda strange they have not signed a WR yet. Seems like they should sign two FA WRs and there are some decent ones left, Sidney Rice, Miles Austin, Cotchery, Jacoby Ford, Lance Moore, Hayward-Bey and Hester. Wouldnt mind seeing Lance Moore in a Buc uniform, or Jacoby Ford he has serious speed.
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