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: Can we get confirmation from the Buccaneers about eye surgery for Jameis Winston?
Answer: No, there won’t be any confirmation from the Buccaneers. I’m not sure if LASIK is technically a medical procedure, although it is elective, but the team isn’t going to comment on anything like that. Not without Jameis Winston agreeing to it, and especially now with the two sides dealing with other things like free agency and his future.
We did reach out to a few sources who would only say it was something Winston has considered doing in the past, but no one would confirm any procedure has been done this offseason.
As someone who is also nearsighted (unable to see things clearly unless relatively close to the eyes) I think it is more of an inconvenience for Winston as opposed to a hindrance or a cause for his interceptions. Winston can likely see the defenders downfield just fine. Now he may not be able to read the names clearly on the back of the jersey, or see things in sharp focus, but shapes and colors are not a problem. If it were a major issue then I doubt we would have saw the improvement in his deep ball this season.
Question: Are the rumors that the Bucs are looking to trade up for the number 1 pick at all true, and if so what would they have to give up?
Answer: There is a better chance of Kate Upton leaving Justin Verlander and becoming the next Mrs. Cook. Well, maybe not that slim, but it is highly unlikely. The first reason is the price to move up with Cincinnati to get LSU’s Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. It would take this year’s No. 1 and No. 2, future premium picks and a combination of players for the Bengals to even consider surrendering the pick. I mean we’re likely talking about at least two first-round picks and two second-round picks because Burrow is believed to be that talented.
And the second reason is Bruce Arians’ age. Does Arians, who turns 68 this year, really want to take the time needed to develop a rookie quarterback? Arians has his eyes on retirement and it will come sooner other than later.
It took Patrick Mahomes three years to win a Super Bowl, but he is truly a special talent. Lamar Jackson won the MVP in his second season, but is 0-2 in his playoff appearances.
Is Burrow either of those two? While he looked every bit the part in his 2019 NCAA championship season, go back and look at 2018. It was a good solid year, but I’m not sure even the most optimistic LSU fan saw last year’s undefeated season and Heisman year that Burrow had.
Burrow is the best quarterback coming out this year with all the tools to be successful in the NFL. But I said the same thing about Winston in 2015, and I will also say I didn’t think Russell Wilson or Dak Prescott, both middle-round picks, would have anywhere near the success he has had either. The fact is, drafting a quarterback is always a gamble, so to do it by mortgaging your team’s immediate future is a double risk that I don’t think this organization is prepared to take right now.
Question: Any news on the new uniforms? The Glazers know that there will be riots if they don’t make the change right?
Answer: No we have nothing new to report on the uniforms. And is there truly a groundswell of people against the current uniforms? The last time the Bucs debuted a uniform change was back in 2014, and they did so in early March that year, so if it were to happen in 2020, it most likely would be happening in the next few weeks.
If we haven’t seen anything by the draft in late April then it likely won’t be happening this year. The Jets, who made a change last year, debuted their new look in early April of 2019, and the Dolphins gave is their new look also in April of 2013. So this is the time of the year where we see teams unveil new looks if they have plans, too. It will happen eventually, I just can’t confirm with 100 percent certainty it happens this offseason.
Question: Should we re-sign WR Breshad Perriman? Adam Humphries showed Bucs receivers get inflated numbers due to playing with Jameis Winston and the league’s top two receivers. Could Bucs find a cheap free agent diamond-in-the-rough who’s capable of great stats if he plays with Winston, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin?
Answer: It all depends on what Breshad Perriman might ask for. If he thinks he is worth Adam Humphries-type money (four years, $36 million) then the Bucs will let him walk, as they should. Perriman’s success has been limited at best, and his overall NFL career has been a disappointment. But Tampa Bay knows what it has in Perriman and signing another receiver is somewhat of a gamble.
I think what will help soften interest in Perriman is that he has only had one season with 500 receiving yards or more, and that was last year when he caught a career-high 36 passes for 645 yards and six touchdowns. Perriman had five games with 70 receiving yards or more, including three 100-yard games to end the season. But he had seven games in which he had less than 20 yards receiving, too. Perriman has yet to put together a fully productive season in his five years in the league.
I do agree that this offense and Jameis Winston helps boost the numbers of any receiver on the team, but having another season in the system should only help Perriman have even more success in 2020. I would offer Perriman a modest one-year deal again – with a raise from $4 million to $5 million, or even $6 million – and see if there is improvement and more consistency. Is Perriman truly the receiver we saw over the last five weeks of 2019, or is he the inconsistent guy we saw for the first four and a half years of his career?