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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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    Buc 1976

    It is kind of funny how all players from all teams say they want to stay until big $$$ from other teams comes their way.

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      Naplesfan

      Maybe …but a lot of players also take less money to stay where they’re at if they like the coaches and their teammmates. It seems quite evident that the morale on this team was very high right up through the last game of the season.

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        Buc 1976

        I will say some stay but a lot not so sure.
        Reason in the NFL you never know when MAJOR injury can happen and maybe never play again.

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    dm4bucs

    Of course Rodgers wants to come back, he wasn’t even on a team when we picked him up during the season…

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    jshumaker

    The Bucs have the cap space and all of them have played well enough to get resigned. Then after all of the contracts are taken care of, I believe they should spend some money on a free agent. Not a free for all like when Lovie came in, but some money should be spent on free agents when there is that much available.

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      Horse

      Just a reminder that we might want to extend Evans contract this year.and maybe We might want to carry some of that cap money over for other players extensions. Just my thought here.

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        jshumaker

        I didn’t specifically mention sign Evans and still have some carry over for next year but yes that is what I meant. So I agree completely

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    Horse

    I sure hope we don’t sign these players for a big bucs and then regret it. I see no value in paying Spence or Griffin much money at all and especially Hawley where the Center spot is a concern. Just my thoughts.

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      Naplesfan

      Coach Koetter seems to have a very different, and much higher, opinion of Joe Hawley than you do. He was pretty direct in saying they want and need him on the team.

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        scubog

        What else is he going to say about his starting center? How about this, Licht/Koetter: “Joe Hawley sucks and got rolled way too often, but until we get Ben “Horse”Gottschalk ready, we’re stuck with him.”

        That typical coach/GM speak statement sure doesn’t mean he thinks Hawley, who was a cast off already, is the end all and won’t seek an upgrade.

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          Naplesfan

          I’ll tell you else he would say … the same thing he said about Doug Martin, in other words, not satisfied with production and totally non-committal on bringing him back on the roster this year.

          Coach Koetter doesn’t BS anybody … haven’t you figured that out yet?

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            scubog

            You just look for an argument anytime someone questions what you write. Apparently you think Hawley is a quality center when few others hold him in such high regard. You’re entitled to that opinion. But in my observation, he’s adequate journeyman and that’s about it. He was already cut once. Surely you don’t think him the equal of Dallas’ center or the Pounceys.

            I’ve rarely heard any coach or GM say anything other than “we’d like to have him back” when discussing a pending free agent. Yes, I know Koetter and Licht are more forthcoming than most which is refreshing. Richie McKay always said this time of year all GM’s fib.

            Regarding the quote about Martin, don’t you think his elite salary is a factor when Licht said “we need more production”, as in “bang for the buck”?

            You can twist things all you want to try to disprove Horse’s opinion of Hawley. None of us, including you, know how Koetter and Licht have evaluated any player and they’re sure not going to tell us. I know this, they’re probably not going to allow the starting center to leave until they have a replacement plan in place. I suspect that’s already in the works. Maybe even Gottschalk.

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    RootsCrew

    Gholston – YES
    Shep – YES
    Quizz – YES
    McDougald – YES
    Robinson – YES
    Conte – MAYBE
    Hawley – MAYBE
    Spence – MAYBE
    Smith – MAYBE
    Jackson – NO
    Cherilus – NO
    E. Smith – NO

    Also would like to see them start negotiations with ME13. Set the bar and not be forced to match by what the Giants do with Odell.

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      scubog

      My sentiments as well Root

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    surferdudes

    I’d like to see the Bucs move on from Hawley. Love his attitude, and leadership, sure the Bucs do too, but I’d like to see an upgrade. I want someone a little more stout in front of the franchise, and someone who can hopefully spend the next ten years in front of him. That’s not Hawley. Evan Smith is still under contract. There’s not much drop off between him, and Hawley, but he can also back up guard.

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      wnb0395

      I’m iffy on Hawley also but wouldn’t mind resigning him if nothing is guaranteed and small signing bonus. Then we could still look for his replacement and have him as insurance.

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    Garv

    I think it’s extremely important to sign the players already here if the Buccaneers value them. The less turnover the better. Let’s see what the CAP space is AFTER the Buccaneers sign their own FA’s before we go hog wild on crazy ideas like BRINGING IN Adrian Peterson or trading high draft picks and paying millions for 29 year old WO’s from Pittsburgh.

    I do think Jason Licht knows what he’s doing and is on board with the Glazers and Coach Koetter as far as how much CAP money can be spent this winter without damaging future re-signings (Evans, Winston, Alexander, Marpet to name a few).

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    chetthevette

    Here is a name of someone who needs to go.
    George Johnson, hell I forgot he was even on the team until I read it on Bleacher Report.
    GO BUCS

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