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.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images

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.

LSU QB Joe Burrow
LSU QB Joe Burrow – Photo by: Getty Images

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.

Bucs WR Breshad Perriman
Bucs WR Breshad Perriman – Photo by: Getty Images

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?

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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chefboho

I’m curious if there was anything deeper to JPP’s post on Instagram saying, “I gave all I had”. Now I could be reading into it too much like some people but I sure hope they don’t lose him. Of course if his asking price is too much, then I understand from a business standpoint. Can we just get to free agency already? That’ll tell a lot about where this team direction is heading into the draft

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FLBoy84

Agree. Unless he’s retiring or wanting to be the highest paid DE/OLB in the league, would think the Bucs would want him back. BA certainly seemed to in his last couple pressers.

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awwdembucs

I’m not a eye doctor. This is my take about Winston and his sight. If you have to squint to see doesn’t that causes tunnel vision. It seems to me he at times can’t see a defender to the right or left. In the Indy game a linebacker was just to the right and made easy INT. Just my thoughts on this. Hopefully someone knows more about this. Go Bucs

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wish-in-one-hand

Mark, with covering all things Bucs I would think you would here more complaints about these uni’s. I think there is a huge “groundswell” of people wanting new jersey’s actually, the really missed the mark with these current ones. I like the idea with hints of orange but the patterns and alarm clock #’s are ugly. I’m sure we could overlook them if we are actually winning consistently, winning fixes everything, right? On Perriman, I think Arians would like him back. He loves his speedy guys and Perriman has the size and speed and he stepped up in the later… Read more »

FLBoy84

Hopefully in both instances… 😉

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awwdembucs

Bucs unies went from 1 off the best, to God awful. Go back to the champions uniforms. A great look.

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FLBoy84

The XFL LA Wildcats uniforms are a nice modern take on using creamsicle as a main color. Like the look and different from practically anything else out there.

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Selmon-63

I too thought those uniforms could be a version of what the Bucs could do.

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Alldaway 2.0

Perriman would be great to have back. But some team will overpay for him given his size/speed combo. I would not be surprised to see Perriman receive money that Humphries received.

Bucs should nab a cheap vet and draft a WR to compete with Watson and Miller IMO.

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Horse

I would be totally shocked if it was all about his eyes and three head coaches didn’t have a clue. Now that would be the biggest blunder in Buccaneer history!

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FLBoy84

The eyes probably don’t help, but don’t think they’re the major issue.

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tpeluso

I’m sure they had a clue. The reason he waited until now is because it would have gone against medical advice for him to get LASIK when his eyes were still developing.

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fredster

Assume Winston wears contact lenses? I’ve seen him in glasses and raised the question about if he does wear contacts and can he see ok! Lol. It would seem crazy coaches wouldn’t notice but never know. Sometimes it seems he can’t see defenders for sure!

Good point on Perriman. Until he plays well for a whole season And not a handful of games I wouldn’t give him more than another 1 year deal and small raise.

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FLBoy84

According to BA in his last presser, he doesn’t wear anything during the game. Said he’s worn goggles during practice occasionally, but that was it. Personally wear contacts with no problem, but have friends who refuse to wear them due to comfort reasons or they just refuse/can’t put their finger that close to their eye. Winston could feel the same.

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Spitfire

Playing professional football in contacts is a totally different animal. Issues with them getting knocked out of place or knocked out completely would be a major issue, plus dirt and grass getting in there and causing issues. Glad to hear he may be getting surgery, it will be a big change for him and could really help…

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Pete Wood

I just can’t see Perriman getting Humphries. He has never played well for an entire season his whole career.
If you want to know what the downside is of signing a player who had a hot finish to the previous season and average stats his whole career, look no further than the Bucs and Josh McCown.

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Alldaway 2.0

Humphries was paid high as a slot WR but some team will see Perriman as a #2 WR and pay him accordingly.

Personally, I think Perriman being a #3 WR on the Bucs is his best role for his skill sets and talent. But if a team wants to pay him like a #2 WR then he is gone IMO.

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FLBoy84

Great point. Some guys just excel in a backup role and completely under-perform when given the #1/#2 job. Can’t discount a change in scheme as well. Heard a former player on NFL network the other day talking about how staying in your current situation and taking a bit less $$ is sometimes the best career decision you can make. Completely true in some cases.

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Buc stops here

If Mark Cook is correct, and the Bucs (and Arians) are not going to wait to develop a talent at QB, then only two options are for QB next year – Winston or a free agent. Or more clearly, Winston or Rivers since the odds for Brady coming are next to nil, and getting Bridgewater is going to be tough if Brees decides to retire. If not, then Bridgewater is a second option. I don’t see any other free agent QB being a true option. Of course it does not mean they won’t draft for the future if they go… Read more »

scubog

My wife had Lasix surgery a few years ago. She can see far away, but has to wear cheap CVS glasses to read. I tell her it’s like a guy who can run a 26 mile marathon, but if he has to walk to the refrigerator for a beer he has to use a cane.

Reminds me Vinny’s colorblindness.

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LIBucsFan93

Moving up to the first overall selection is a pipe dream IMO. What do you think it would take to move up with the Giants to #4 for Tua or Herbert, MC thoughts?

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plopes808

So…not sure how stupid of an idea this is or if it is even possible, but what if we tag Winston AND sign a FA like Rivers. We start Winston and see if year 2 is any better for him and still have a veteran QB waiting in the wings to take his place if it doesn’t.

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Bucfannomatter

Yeah. It’s his eyes. 😂😂

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Bucfannomatter

If they don’t tag him, or give him a boatload of unworthy money, you will see this $hitshow repeat itself in some other NFL city, and in a couple of seasons… He will be out of the league. Just like Freeman. Licht just doesn’t know when to cut his losses and run. That’s why he should have been fired 2 years ago. Arians does, though. That’s why there isn’t any movement on that contract. Arians wants to take a swing before he hangs it up for good. He wants better. Thankfully he is the coach. Watch what happens in the… Read more »

IDGABuc

I have been mentioning that this guy can’t see since we got him (Possibly in my first post on here and one of my last cpl) and “I am glad to see” that people are finally talking about it! Squinting DOES cut down on peripheral vision so maybe that’s why he keeps throwing to LB’s hidden just to the left or right of where he’s looking. Regardless he needs to get Lasik if that’s on the table.

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IDGABuc

Lot’s of people finely are I mean

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owlykat

I am pleased to hear that Jameis has greatly improved his eyesight. We definitely need to franchise him this year to show what he can do now. He automatically should drop to 15 turnovers this year being in His second year under BA, but with much better eyesight he could do even better and climb to the elite level and shock the NFL as we fight our way to the Super Bowl in our own stadium!

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