From the Buccaneers communications department:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Thursday the team has signed defensive tackle Nick Thurman.

Thurman (6-4, 293) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Houston Texans following the 2018 NFL Draft. Thurman spent the 2018 offseason and preseason with Houston. A native of Dallas, Thurman played collegiately at Houston.

 

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  1. GOOD BYE GERALD!!

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  2. Little odd timing with the addition, but cool. Currently have no peoblem with quantity at DT with Allen, Ledbetter, McCoy, Nunez-Roches, Thurman, Tu’ikolovatu and Vea, though quality could be questioned.

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  3. This is a game changer. Playoffs here we come!

    Seriously, though, depth can’t hurt. Glad they keep stockpiling cheap depth. Having lots of young hungry guys breeds competition. Let the cream rise.

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  4. More depth and bodies to challenge for spots. Love it. Nobody thought Carl Nassib was big deal or good signing either…..he’s not only starter but damn good one.

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  5. Adding another Defensive Tackle from (University of) Houston in the upcoming draft wouldn’t hurt my feelings, even though I think a DE/ROLB is the better value in the 1st round.

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  6. I’m going to ask for the 10th time CG fredster chef give me the name of the player of the Bucs added this year that’s better than the ones that got rid of don’t need call me names just give me the name one name one player better than the ones they got rid of. What * What pro bowler has been added to this team the players are the only ones on the field during the game all the coach changes in the world doesn’t change the play does anybody really think these backups they’re signing I’m going to drive this team out of last.
    I already know I’m an assshole you don’t need to tell me just tell me the name of the better player

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    • Can’t name a player myself, yes have added depth, simply because most shouldn’t have been on an NFL team to begin with. Obviously McCoy is not part of the plans or would have been here on the first day – still holding out for that 7th round pick I guess. Basically, McCoy will tell them to eat spit and wait to be released, he certainly owes the Bucs nothing – nothing wrong with that on either side except for those who think he should take a massive pay cut to allow them to get value – why in the hell would he agree to take 4 million from the Bucs or another team’s 4 million, when he can get 4 + incentives and “pick his team” – anyone who thinks he wasn’t told to stay home is smoking the good stuff imported from other states? The Bucs were full of “dead CAP space”, so cuts would have been easy and they could have signed anyone they really coveted. Next year, after another disappointing season, the cuts will in come “massive”, anyone over the age of 28 should be looking for their next team. Anyone who thinks that this is a play-off caliber team needs to meet the next Jim Jones and fill up on Kool-Aid. Not saying it is the wrong approach, just realize what it is. Fill up with under-achievers, wanta-bees, could have beens, find a couple of nuggets and let the free agents walk who may garner 2 or so compensatory fixes. Sometimes, I think B-A-B is the worst poster, sometimes think he is the only one willing to state the obvious. D-line, L-backers, secondary are obviously the focus, along with the Bucs next year having one of the highest CAP space in the league with the dead cap falling by the wayside. Only think I can’t understand is trashing of the players, i.e., McCoy, same hints with JPP, Jensen, etc. You’d think they’d at least try and build them up a bit during the lying season. Again, waiting until the draft until the next “Great” DL lineman falls, or someone over-pays for a QB and they trade down. Not a bad strategy in itself, but Jesus Christ almighty, don’t make it sound like somehow the Bucs are going to go 9-7 or 10-6 and fill a full holes. Come December, the blame will be on the ones that don’t pan out (Vernon, Cappa, Hargroves, etc), a couple of key injuries, and surprise, surprise, the football Gods frowned on us. Hopefully, we maximize the draft, Bruce A, and Licht are able to truly evaluate the roster, and we hit on a couple of mid-round picks. Truly hope Winston, Hargroves, Cappa, etc., live up to form – otherwise, trade down, trade down, trade down, stock-pile picks, hit on the NFL’s secret formula of compensation, cut $ 150 million off the CAP, get one of 3-4 “can’t miss QBs” on the board next year (as opposed to mediocre picks this year at the position), and restock for 2021 while the bearded one and his cronies tell us in December that was the plan all along.

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  7. Bob, even if we wanted to add a pro bowl player, we couldn’t this year. Salary cap just isn’t there. We were in heaven and added all these so called cream of the crop free agent players in the past and they mostly have all been busts. In fact, the better free agents we have signed have all NOT been top tier players. I across this build this year even if we had a ton of cap room.

    Define insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    You want a free agent team then go over to the Rams. Nobody is forcing you to be Buc Ass Bob. 31 other teams have room for you. They might welcome Ram ass Bob. It’s got a ring to it.

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    • Ram-Ass-Bob!!!!

      Best post EVER!!!

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  8. Draft analyst Tony Pauline’s evaluation of new Buc DL Nick Thurman pre draft 2018.
    http://draftanalyst.com/nick-thurman

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    • Additional info on DL Nick Thurman as reported by Greg Auman/TheAthletic.

      New Bucs DL Nick Thurman went to camp with AAF’s San Antonio Commanders but was cut before season. Now gets a shot to compete for backup DL job in Tampa Bay. DL Nick Thurman impressed as a street free agent at University of Houston’s pro day last week. Bucs brought him in for workout today and signed him. He’d be DE in 3-4 package, three-tech DT when they’re in 4-3.

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  9. It’s not about I’ve weve picked up a Pro Bowler. It’s about getting more out of the talented players we have. It’s about Chris Godwin taking over the Slot and being better that Humphries there, Alexander was gonna be hurt to start the season and possibly not completely himself next year either. We lost some talent, no one is denying that, but how will everyone else be playing next year along with our Draft picks? That’s the question… No one will know till we see them out there… Problem is this year we didn’t have the money to add any ProBowlers so we are counting on our guys. A True Fan would at least be hopeful…

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  10. It’s called addition by subtraction bob. For example. You wanted Kwon to stay. Well getting rid of an “ok” player, which was all he was, and not paying the over priced $13 mill a year was addition by subtraction. Adam Humphries and his $9 mil a year was replaced by Godwin who is cheaper and much better. I won’t even go into douche bag mesean Jackson because no matter who you replaced him with, will be better for the team and cap wise. McCoy whose also about to get released, is saving this team $13 million. So you see bob, you say who did we get, I say who should we be glad we are getting rid of or got rid of for that matter. As the poster above said, getting high priced free agents doesn’t equal wins. Not sure if this’ll make a damn bit of sense to you, but it should because what we lost isn’t near as bad as you think. Plus it’s not remotely possible for you to judge guys the team just picked up considering they haven’t even played a down yet. Think about it bob…

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  11. @Buc Ass Bob….
    the bucs added a pro bowl center last year, their OL got worse
    the bucs added a pro bowl WR the year before plus a celebrated “upgrade” at DT
    they added a pro bowl safety – TJ Ward – that same offseason

    it’s about building a TEAM, collecting individual talent has let us down for over a decade. more importantly it’s about COACHING UP the guys you have. the only upgrade that matters is the guys standing at the front of the meeting rooms or chewing players out for sloppy practice

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  12. also, this guy won’t be on the roster in September, but it was a good setup for a conversation about how the roster is coming together

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  13. Bob it’s not my job to explain common sense to you. Don’t have the time. We got rid of Kwon for 13 million a year with a bum knee, we let 3rd WR (slot) WR go for bit less than that and you want to cry like a bitch. They weren’t worth it. Godwin will be in slot now under Arians and yes he’s an upgrade over Hump. I think Buchanan is an upgrade over Kwon and we likely will draft a LB that better than Kwon for fraction of the price.

    Jackson was crap and had shot attitude. They got another speed WR for fraction of his price. He was locker room cancer.

    I’m not going to explain it all to you, not my job, do some research and put your damn listening ears on, quit crying like a bitch for once and let this coaching staff do their thing before you criticize every move.

    Here is bottom line Bob you don’t want to be treated like a fucking asshole quit acting like one and let things play out before you cry for once.

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  14. @pick6 Smart points about free agents added in recent history not translating to wins.

    The Bucs have a talented core on offense. They are a running back away.

    On defense, the front 7 needs an unstoppable disruptor with a bad attitude. I don’t care where he plays. They need a Ray Lewis at LB, or a Warren Sapp at DT, or a Dwight Freeney at OLB/DE to lead this defense. Put them in charge of Vea, David, JPP, and the other role players and this defense will kick ass, even with a young secondary.

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  15. I am not asking for explanations on why they do what they do , I just wanted to know the name of the player signed in FA that is better than the ones the released .
    Team will go onto field this year with 7 players worse than last years team.
    there is not one player added that improves team over last years team.
    The hope is Bruce will coach up the players left and by this improve the team.
    I personally do not think that is a solid plan.

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    • At least that is a coherent thought and honest opinion without criticizing.
      But you wouldn’t be asking that question if you listened to some of what was said previously because you would understand the “why”……

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  16. @buc-ass-bob You say we got rid of these great players and are about to get rid of McCoy. But Kwon played one full healthy season in his 4 years. So realistically he would have most likely gotten hurt this year. Plus we did offer Kwon $10 million a year. Also Humphries although a fan favorite was not worth $9 million for a cap strapped team. Plus how many wins did we get with those guys on the roster? Shaq Barrett was a good pickup, same with Buccanon. You keep asking about Pro Bowlers, Kwon went to 1 in his four years. Just sit down shut up and trust the process. If we have 3 or 4 wins come next December then you start bitching.

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