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March 20, 2014 @ 2:35 pm
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Bucs Sign Former USF CB Jenkins; Miss Out On Hester

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The Buccaneers added some depth at cornerback with the signing of former USF standout Mike Jenkins. Also on Thursday reports say that Bear free agent Devin Hester has signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Buccaneers have added some additional cornerback depth with the signing of former USF standout Mike Jenkins to one-year deal. Reports say the deal is for $1.5 million.

Jenkins visited the Buccaneers on Monday but left without a contract, and then reportedly visited the Cardinals on Tuesday.

The former USF Bull played his high school career for Bradenton Southeast before joining USF. Jenkins stellar career at USF earned him a first-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 where he played for five seasons before joining the Raiders as a free agent last year.

In Dallas Jenkins played in 71 games but was plagued with some inconsistency. Jenkins rebounded in 2013 in Oakland where he started 15 games, recording 65 tackles, two interceptions, six pass breakups and one forced fumble.

Since the release of cornerback Darrelle Revis last Wednesday, Tampa Bay has added Titans Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner, and now Jenkins.

For his career Jenkins has compiled 226 tackles, 49 pass breakups, 10 interceptions and two forced fumbles.

In other free agency news, reports say that former Bears kick returner Devin Hester has agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons. Hester was long rumored to be a target of head coach Lovie Smith after being drafted by Smith in Chicago, and Hester was vocal in displeasure with the firing of Smith by the Bears following the 2012 season.

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    Funkdoc19: The Tebow as a returner idea was a JOKE! Bet Owlykat thought it was a good concept though.
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    Looks like Hester's talk about how much he would love to play for Lovie was just more BS. Guess is he did not hear from Lovie. I guess he had open arms for Atlanta as well. Hope Jenkins plays as well for the Bucs as he did in his rookie year.It is nice to have a USF Bull on the team.
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    Jenkins could turn out to be a great pickup, but we'll all have to agree to disagree for the time being. I remember thinking Eric Wright would be our nickel CB and he might have been a good fit for that, then Week 1 I'm in Ray Jay watching him line up against Steve Smith. I admit it's not an apples to apples comparision because E. Wright got a lot more money, but we have no idea whether Lovie plans to use Jenkins as a nickel CB or a #2 CB. I was holding out hope that Banks, Gorrer or Carr could win the nickel CB spot (anybody but L. Johnson). There's got to be a reason Gorrer and Carr keep getting signed. I guess we'll have to wait until the draft to see if they take a CB high.
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    By the way there are too many Tebow lovers on this site. The guy sucks, if he were really about the team model then he would take whatever position te team needs, not just QB. he's a walking contradiction. That's my review 2 cents. With that said he would sell tickets and jerseys but not enough to pay his salary.
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    I'm very excited about this signing. Actually, this is the one signing I was wanting to see at te beginning of free agency. Mike made it to a pro bowl, be it a alternate, but a pro bowl nonetheless. He hasn't been in systems which allowed him to succeed. Now he's back home playing tampa 2, as he was traine to do. Hometown kid getting a fresh start. Best of luck!
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    JonnyG: You're surely not putting Oakland out there as a model to follow are you? Maybe the Raiders, who may one day wear leisure suits as uniforms in remembrance of Al Davis, tried to sign the USF grad but he chose sunny Florida to be with his home boys. He's here to compete with the likes of Danny Gorrer and Anthony Gaitor. Seems a reasonable thought to me. I never was in favor of bringing in Hester. Kick-off returns are nearly a thing of the past and it's too much of a luxury for a team needing to max out its roster. Bring in Tebow as kick-off return man. He could just catch the ball deep in the endzone and do the "Tebow" to the delight of the crowd and Owlykat. First down on the 20 yard line.
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    Well we got our other lock down corner. Wow that was easy we got rid of a over paid corner and we came up with 2, this is great!!! Why worry about players we didn't get who cares, we got a lot.
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    I agree with you. He is a horrible tackler, make mistakes in coverage and he is injury prone (check his medical history). The only good thing about the signing is that the contract is a one year "prove it" deal. Hopefully it gives him the motivation he needs to play better.
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    Agree... better than any Nickel on the roster. He has talent, but needs to be more consist with his technique. He sometimes gets in trouble just relying too much on talent.
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    Oakland 50ml under cap who are desperate at corner let him walk to sign for 1.5 mil=nuff said
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    I like this pick-up too....I really like the incremental upgrades on defense plus a bigger upgrade in Johnson..our D is still not good enough to make up for a very susceptible looking offense though...we are trying to build a team that can win like the 2003 Bucs but we have a D that's not that level of good. Either we need a real QB to lead the offense or we need some serious upgrades at several spots on defense so our D can take over a game. I keep coming back to - this is the first year of a multi year plan.
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    got to correct my statement: you guys are right saying its a good singning - very good depth/competition player and could realy thrive in Coach LovieSmiths Defense. @stillbucsfan: while Watkins is a very good player and would be nice to have on our team, from a draft-strategical standpoint; it would be bad value pick. The biggest Pro Watkins is his skills with the ball in the hand.. well barring late hype, DeAnthony Thomas could be had in the 3rd round or so (while i think ChipKelly will jump on him earlier) and Thomas, IMO is simply more dangerous than Watkins with the ball in his hands.. therefore.. Watkins at 7th pick while a sexy pick.. not a smart one.. but a good player netherless..
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    LI-LO and team are kicking butt !
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    Great pickup and an even better price. Not mad we missed on Hester bc his best football is behind him. Sammy Watkins would be scary on this team.
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    I agree with VTBucs that Jenkins is better than any nickel back currently on the roster. As a USF grad, I'm biased, but IMO, his lack of succes at Dallas was because he was relied upon to be a man-to-man shutdown corner (as a 1st round pick) which he is not. I see great things from him in the role of nickel back. Aside from seeing what our pass rush looks like yet, I think our only difficulty in pass defense will be that both of the Bucs' starting safeties play their respective positions as enforcers (who can certainly hit hard & play close to the line), but neither is a "center fielder" (who cover and intercept passes).
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    I have to agree with the ones not liking this pick up. Missing out Hester isn´t that bad though.. Let´s say Bucs would draft DeAnthony Thomas with their 2nd round pick (he should be there). They would get the perfect package of value and speed in space.. That guy could be the best Slot-WR since Welker if used correctly (and that guy has the football IQ to master the job). He is great returner also and can even take hand-offs for big gains.. Just the perfect 2nd rounder. Tedford also has history of making big things out of small players with great skill-set (Desean Jackson anyone?). Couple him, plus TE Ebron in the 1st round and offense is already scary loaded with playmakers. Add in a young good thrower like Connor Shaw, who also happens to be athletic, mobile, moving well in backfield (one who is very capable of throwing the deep stuff that you absolutely need as an NFL QB - and thats the only area Teddy B scares me) - with these as the first 3 picks the Bucs would have had an amazing draft that sets them perfectly for the future.
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    I don't like this signing. Jenkins sucks. I know he came from a Cover 2 in college, but it's been a long time since then and frankly I thought he was overrated in college. He seemed to simply be a product of the short term success the Bulls were having at the time more so than the cause of it. Luckily it's only a 1 year deal but come on Licht. As for Hester I'm sorry we missed out on him, but $4 million/year was what he was asking for and that's too much. I will say that I don't think moving the kickoff up to the 40 should deter us from getting a great KR. When the wind is against the kicker the KR still has a chance to return it. If if there are fewer kicks returned in a season that just means the kickoff coverage unit won't get as much practice covering live kicks, leading to more missed assignments and more kickoff returns for TD's.
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    Pinkstob, i tend to agree with you for the most part, but on this i disagree 100%. who else could we of signed at this juncture. also, who is to say that lovie cant help jenkins get better? were not asking him to start and im sure we will bring in some rookies to push jenkins. not trying to say your not right because i do have a lot of respect for you, but i feel like this was a great signing and we got a good deal on him.
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    I agree with you. He is a horrible tackler, make mistakes in coverage and he is injury prone (check his medical history). The only good thing about signing is that the contract is a one year "prove it" deal. Hopefully it gives him the motivation he needs to play better.
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    Weird. Still need a KR/PR. Still need a solid #2 #3 WR. What does LiLo have in store?
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    Jenkins.is good depth at a good price. Losing out on Hester is not as bad as it might look. More kicks go out of the end zone now and if they move the kickoff up to the 40 Hester will be taking a roster spot just to return punts.
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    Very happy to hear about Jenkins. But I'm left scratching my head about Hester. For all the talk about Special Teams being huge within this regime, we haven't gotten anybody yet. We missed out on McCluster and now Hester. I hope we don't plan on going into the season with just Page as our return man. Maybe we can still target another playmaker in FA or the draft.
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    Solid signing to shore up the Nickel CB slot! Jenkins is better than any of the current Nickel CB's the BUCs have.
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