PewterReport.com began a new offseason feature recently, giving readers an opportunity to get their questions answered by the PR staff. Today, Mark Cook answers five questions taken from Twitter submissions using the hashtag #PRMailbag. Each week one of the questions used will earn the person who asked it a PewterReport.com T-shirt.
@CR7Razizle @PewterReport will the Bucs go after Travis Benjamin? He would help 2 key areas: speed at WR and fix return game? #PRMailbag
Answer: I would hope the Bucs would at least take a look and see if he fits into their plans. I mentioned him in my free agency preview on Saturday, and agree with you, he would fill two areas of concern, speed and the kick return game. However, there will be several teams who will also be interested including his own, the Browns, who are expected to take a quarterback, and would love to provide their new rookie with a polished receiver to throw to. But as far as the Bucs go, this could be Vincent Jackson’s last season in Tampa Bay and bringing in Benjamin this season, means there would be one less thing to worry about next year, while also giving quarterback Jameis Winston another weapon.
Answer: Honestly, and this is just speculation on my part, but I am guessing Martin and his agent came in with a crazy high number to start with and the Bucs countered super low. They may have gotten a little closer together, but are still far enough apart that Martin’s camp wants to see what else is out there, while the Bucs are rolling the dice that the market for Martin isn’t nearly as high as some may think. The problem is, it is a gamble, as it will only take one team to throw crazy money at the former Boise State star, and now the Bucs are using their No. 9 pick on Ezekiel Elliott, or negotiating a deal for Lamar Miller that would be the same money they might have signed Martin for a month ago.
Answer: The answer probably is both. Once you get past Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, the next biggest name you have are Jeremiah George and Josh Keyes. While both could turn into great players one day, I don’t know that Jason Licht or Mike Smith go to bed each night feeling great about the linebacking corps. But looking across the free agent market, there aren’t a ton of stellar names out there. This is where the front office will earn their money, and that is identifying a player that is most likely a backup for another team, but a player that could step in here in Tampa Bay and be the strong side backer or at least provide some depth if George ends up taking over for Lansanah. And of course ideally, going out and drafting another Alexander. but that is much easier said than done. Finding a fourth round steal like the Bucs did last season with the former LSU product, isn’t an every year occurrence.
Answer: While impossible to say with certainty, I don’t see either team doing that. Although I am not saying they shouldn’t. When doing the free agency preview for offense on Saturday, I was once again blown away by the lack of talent on the free agent market at that position. Which really is why the Bucs haven’t already traded Glennon. It is tough enough to find a starting quarterback in the NFL, and if you are fortunate to have a starter and a quality backup, you don’t throw them away for nothing. But if a team offered up a second round pick, the Bucs would have to think long and hard about it. There is a starting cornerback, defensive end of linebacker possibly if you are smart with the pick you would get for Glennon.
Answer: Great question and one impossible for me to say with just one answer because there are several I would love to see the Bucs take a hard look at. I think Reggie Nelson, although getting up their in years, would be a great addition to this defense, and we know defensive coordinator Mike Smith is a big fan of the former Gators standout. I also happen to like Mario Williams and Charles Johnson. Again, both of them are older players and you have to wonder how many years they have left, but both would be upgrades in my opinion to this defense. The Bucs have interest in Johnson, but not really any in Williams however. So those are my top three, although there are more I would definitely take a good look at if I am Jason Licht. Eric Weddle, Sean Smith, Tahir Whitehead, Tashaun Gipson all would look good in pewter and red next fall.