The PR Bucs Monday Mailbag is where PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your questions from our Twitter account. You can submit your question each week via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag.

Below are the questions we chose for this week’s edition of the PR Bucs Monday Mailbag.

Question: With no rookie training camp, What can our rookies and free agents do to improve their game? Can they have any contact with coaches at all for help or get a playbook? How bad has the COVID-19 situation hurt their chances?

Answer: Everyone can have virtual classroom sessions with their coaches, but rookies can’t have virtual workouts. That is being left up to them on their own. Everyone is handling things somewhat differently and there could be restrictions based on local and state guidelines depending on what state they are in. If the rookies and free agents are in the Tampa Bay area, then we know parks and fields are opened and if players maintain social distancing guidelines, then they can gather in small groups to workout, run and do some drills on their own, without coaches of course.

Hopefully the rookies, wherever they are residing, have hired a trainer to help them design a workout regiment based on the equipment they have. Some guys may not have access to weight rooms or live in a state where gyms are open, so they will have to improvise. Devin White for instance mentioned last week he had been stacking hay bales in the barn. As someone who grew up in the country and loaded hay right out of the fields, I can attest to it being as exhausting, maybe even more so, than spending a couple of hours in a gym.

Under normal circumstances the players would all be in town and we would be in the middle of OTAs and a couple mini-camps in June. Unfortunately that isn’t the case, so it is kind of each man for themselves, especially when it comes to working out. I would personally recommend all the players watch Rocky IV when Balboa goes to Russia and has to train without any equipment. Against all odds he still beat Ivan Drago. Maybe Drew Brees can be the Buccaneers’ Drago.

Question: What’s the likelihood that the Bucs go after Jamal Adams (Jets) or at least maybe a lower cost veteran with some starting experience, and who should the Bucs go after in case JPP gets hurt again?

Answer: I think there is little chance that the Bucs would be in the Adams sweepstakes if he is in fact traded. Not that they don’t believe he is a a great player, but more so become the team is strapped for salary cap space right now. With approximately $5 million in cap room, and still needing to sign their draft picks, there just isn’t enough money to make acquiring Adams a legitimate reality. The Bucs would also like to possibly get a new deal done for Chris Godwin and maybe Lavonte David sooner rather than later, so the idea of adding Adams isn’t feasible.

If Pierre-Paul goes down, well things might not be pretty. There aren’t a lot of double-digit sacks masters just sitting at home without jobs. The position is one of the most coveted in the league, and any player with any pass rushing talent is already on someone’s roster if they have any gas left in the tank and aren’t asking for the stars when it comes to salary.

Jadeveon Clowney, Cameron Wake and Michael Bennett are all still available, but come with some major risks – and salary demands. The Buccaneers would probably wait until the October trade deadline, once some teams are out of the playoff race and looking to sell off players, to find any significant relief.

Question: Will Tom Brady play better football than he plays golf? Please tell me he won’t shank the ball to a defender.

Answer: Well Brady is human after all, as we found out on Sunday in the golf matchup for charity. Still, I think he and Peyton Manning did an excellent job considering the circumstances. While golf is a hobby of Brady and many NFL players, there is a reason they don’t play it professionally.

I can’t even stand playing in a local golf tournament and having the other three players watching me tee off on the first hole. Now imagine if Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, plus a nationally televised audience are watching. No thanks.

But despite the nervousness that was apparent, Brady did have the shot of the day when he holed in a birdie from over 100 yards out. That is something I am still waiting to do after 30 years of playing.

But to make it fair, I think Brady and Manning should invite Woods and Mickelson out to suit up in full pads and see how many passes they could complete to an NFL wide receiver with a Jason Pierre-Paul or Shaq Barrett bearing down on them. I am guessing Woods ends up needing another back surgery and Mickelson ends ups in the fetal position asking for his sports psychologist.

Question: What are the chances we sign in particular Devonta Freeman, Lamar Miller or any veteran RB?

Answer: We haven’t gotten any indication that the Buccaneers are actively looking to sign a veteran running back. At least not in the near future. Certainly if any of the current backs were to suffer a significant injury training in the offseason or early in camp, then it would be a no-brainer.

Personally I would like to see Freeman on this team, or an equivalent. Why not bring a veteran in and let them compete? If they make the roster great, if not cut them. This Bucs running back group is extremely young, so having a veteran in the room would only help, if it is the right type of player.

For now however, it looks like the team will roll into training camp with the group they have on the roster currently.

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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destinjohnny

We don’t have to worry about JPP going down, as Jason has had 7 drafts to build depth…. wait….

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DonkeyHunter

Exactly

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toofamiliar17

Meh. I’m not a Licht die-hard fan by any means, and like two years ago I wanted him gone, but he’s performed at a plenty capable level the last handful of years. The Bucs roster he took over in 2014 was among the most talent-deficient squads in the league. It was seriously depressing how few building blocks we had here. He hasn’t had seven seasons to build depth. He’s had seven seasons to essentially rebuild an entire team from the ground up. And he’s managed to put together one of the best front sevens in football, an incredibly talented and… Read more »

danielob

Freeman turned down the Seahawks because they wouldn’t meet his contract demands, so he’s out as far as the Bucs, same with the Jamel Adams nonsense I keep seeing all over my Bucs sites. We are not giving up a 1 and 3rd or 4th round pick with a player who wants big money when his contract comes up soon. Nice to dream but reality is much different. We didn’t draft a safety in the second round to make a major trade and bankrupt the future draft, especially needing a future QB and Defensive line help in the near future.… Read more »

BigSombrero

I read on ESPN that Freeman may sit the year out.

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toofamiliar17

I’d be curious for you to read my (admittedly a bit long) Adams post that’s a couple above yours and respond. I made my case for Adams there, and I think I did a pretty thorough job of sorting through all the implications such an acquisition would bring, ultimately putting together a sound analysis of the idea of trading for him.

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BigSombrero

Is Florida Kryptonite to Tom Brady?

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FireLichtMovement

BS that’s awesome that you’re suggesting Brady is Superman! I knew you liked the offseason moves!

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Spitfire

I just wanna see us sign a Saints player so we can get as much info on them as Winston is currently giving away. Bird Beak Peyton over there has never really seemed that great but I’m sure Brees has some tricks to spill if we can grab someone from their roster.

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76bucsfan46

I thought their former all pro guard Warford would be a great addition for his status and knowledge of saints offensive tendencies.

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Dman

Completely agree.

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BigSombrero

The Bucs would have to sign a Saints QB for it to be equal in your example. QB’s are the closest thing to a coach on the field. Signing a lineman isn’t close to the same thing. That said, I think Sean Payton is pretty successful without the help of Winston. WInston is the best backup in the NFL. He is a 26 year old 5100 yard passer with 33 touchdowns in one season. The Bucs need to have a lot of growth to reach the Saints level on offense by September. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »

Spitfire

Thank You Capt Obvious. I didn’t say we needed dual info, plus players know more than you give them credit for. Saints Defense knew how to bait Winston so now that he’s gone they lose that advantage, we are already ahead in that reguard. Peyton isn’t that great of a coach either, he benefited from having Brees. I’m gonna enjoy watching them be a shell of who they were once he’s gone.

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geno711

Profootball Talk did a May 4th assessment of backup quarterbacks. While your personal assessment that Jameis Winston is the best backup is an acceptable (based upon your history of rooting for him as a Buc fan), it is not widely accepted/agreed upon across the NFL nation or apparently general managers. Others mentioned as best current NFL backups have been Tasom Hill (most think he will get the job over Winston after Brees), Nick Foles (most think he will win the job from Trubinsky), Case Kennum (won a playoff game), Andy Dalton (made playoffs 4 times), Brian Hoyer, Marcus Mariota, Jacoby… Read more »

BucFan circa76

Geno, thats pure garbage – Winston is the best backup in the NFL as of now, anyone with true football knowledge would have him ranked top 3 at worst. Foles, Hill, Dalton? LMAO, give me a break.

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geno711

I would honestly say it is up for debate. But total garbage is your comment If Winston was clearly in the top three to anyone with football knowledge then there were a lot of GM’s that you claim do not have knowledge. He was a free agent and all those knowledgeable football GM’s would have been rushing after him which did not happen. Remember Pittsburgh clearly advised that they had no interest in him. Neither did New England. Dallas could have had him instead of Dalton but chose Dalton. Chicago could have had him for less than Foles and chose… Read more »

FireLichtMovement

Anyone with true football knowledge would know, that it’s almost impossible giving the ball away 2-3 times a game and have a winning record. If you’re argument is upside, then you’re right, but other than that, the QBs mentioned have had winning records not throwing 30 picks, and one won a Superbowl. Did you also know Foles threw 7 tds in a game? That ties a record big guy, but let’s all bow down to your knowledge of who’s the better backup, judging by your savvy NFL front office and NFL coaching experience. Smdh… Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00… Read more »

FireLichtMovement

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76Buc

Brady will run this offense; not BA.

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DonkeyHunter

Might as well stick a fork in Freeman. Asking for big money at a low value position.

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seat26

We are thin on both lines, but more so on the Offensive line. If one of our starters goes down on the offensive line and Brady has to run for his life… I don’t even want to think. I just hope there is a Season or most of a Season. It might be in empty stadiums but it will be great to see football.

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toofamiliar17

On Freeman: Mark, does it change your thoughts on him to know that he turned down a one year, $4M deal from Seattle? I wouldn’t have minded bringing him in to compete, but if he’s turning down that kind of offer, that’s a hard pass for me. No chance.

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toofamiliar17

On Jamal Adams: of his $7.2M cap hit this season, $6.4M of that is dead money from bonuses already paid out3. Which means that if we traded for him, we would be on the hook for just his $825k base salary this year. We’d also have him locked in at a heavily discounted $9.86M next year, in a season in which we’re currently 10th in the NFL in cap space at a cool $63M. Knock that down to $54M with Adams in the fold, and we still easily have enough room to extend Godwin (guess $18M per) and Shaq ($17M),… Read more »

Dave

There’s one potential problem you failed to account for. The projected 70-80 MIL cap decrease in 2021. Which Adam Schefter(who’s as plugged into the NFL as anyone) seems like to think is a strong possibility. For arguments sake we’ll split the difference and say 75 MIL less. That would put it at 135 MIL. We’re already over that. Which would make even signing Godwin, Shaq, and Lavonte to long term deals extremely difficult unless the NFLPA and owners can come to some kind of a covid 1 year exception. Point is, without any NFL GM or owner knowing what the… Read more »

toofamiliar17

I disagree for a few reasons here. For one, if the cap does indeed drop, then I think that players’ pay rates will have to drop proportionately or close to it. Under the CBA, players get 48% of league revenue. No more. If league revenue does drop precipitously, then salaries of players already under contract will likely have to drop, too. Because the Players Association isn’t going to allow for a relatively tiny handful of players to make tens of millions of dollars while the rest of the league basically has to play for the league minimum. I think that… Read more »

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toofamiliar17

Oh, and then go and sign a veteran rotational pass rusher to a one year deal, whoever the team likes best and can be had for relatively cheaply among Clay Matthews, Cam Wake, Markus Golden, Jabaal Sheard, Ezekiel Ansah, and Terrell Suggs. All of those guys have shown some recent pass rushing chops that make them good fits for at least rotational edge rushing duty, and most of them will ultimately sign cheap, prove-it deals. With our 5 prime-time games and desperate need for a third guy off the edge, we’d give them a great opportunity to cash in a… Read more »

foodman97

Tom made 3rd shot on par 5 is an “Eagle”.

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DonkeyHunter

Didn’t he have to take an “unplayable” after his tee shot?

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FireLichtMovement

Yeah,it was a birdy because of a penalty shot he had to take after his awful tee off.

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