Copyright 2008

The Chat Session was held from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 29, 2008.

Pewter Report editor-in-chief Jim Flynn hosted the 30-minute chat session and answered questions from Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans. provides Bucs fans with a transcript of Tuesday's chat session below.

Reynolds is identified as pewterreportjf. His chat room identity is bolded below.

The chat transcript reads from top to bottom.

pewterreportjf: Hello, Bucs fans. Let the chat session begin.
guest: any news on filling out the coaching staff?
the goon: Hi jim and scott, any updates on Earnest Graham's contract extension?
guest: any news or rumors about a possible ring of honor?
pewterreportjf: guest – The Buccaneers just hired former Rams offensive coordinator Greg Olson as their new quarterbacks coach. Tampa Bay is expected to fill its running backs and defensive backs coaching vacancies before Sunday. With the exception of Earnest Byner's name, we're not hearing much on either front in terms of the candidates.
strick-9: Any idea which position we may target in the 1st round…or whether we'd like to trade down?
cadillac 24: Do you think the Bucs are more likely to get a veteran QB though free agency or draft a rookie QB?
pewterreportjf: guest – That's a great question. We'll have more on the Ring of Honor in about one month. I can't go into detail right now, but you'll know what I'm talking about in about four weeks.
strick-9: JF: Sounds like the Bucs may be waiting on Lynch's decision…
guest: what is the bucs' reaction to the Jerramy Stevens situation?
cadillac 24: Which Bucs free agents do you see coming back and which do you see leaving?
rhelvestine: Sr/Jf – i remember you saying that Raymond James' contract is up with the stadium at the end of this year, at the begining of the year. Did they renew their contract?
pewterreportjf: strick – It's tough to say which position the Buccaneers will target in the first round (pick No. 20) because so much of what the team does in the draft will be dictated by what they do in free agency. If I had to say right now I think the Bucs would draft a wide receiver, a defensive lineman or a cornerback in the first round.
pewterreportjf: strick – No, the Bucs aren't waiting on John Lynch's decision. You'll know what I'm getting at in about four weeks. I apologize for being such a tease, but you'll understand in about a month.
strick-9: thank you
guest: will bucs target a top cb in free agency since it looks like B.K is gone?
cadillac 24: My friend wants to know if we will make a big time trade for a WR like Chad Johnson?
cadillac 24: What free agent centers are the Bucs interested in?
pewterreportjf: cadillac24 – I can't say I see Michael Pittman returning. I'd say Michael Bennett has a better shot of coming back at this point. The Bucs and Bennett's agent have had preliminary discussions about a new deal, but don't expect anything to happen anytime soon. John Wade could be back, but not if the Bucs sign Alan Faneca to play center in 2008, which is a possibility. I don't see Anthony Becht returning, but I do think Jerramy Stevens could be back.
strick-9: How about Jeff Faine from NO…
pewterreportjf: rhelvestine – I don't recall Pewter Report saying that Raymond James' contract was scheduled to be up at the end of the season, so I really can't say much about that. I don't believe that was the case.
cadillac 24: Which positions in the draft are the strongest/weakest?
guest: sr/jf have you heard if the nfl draft is going to change locations each year starting next year
pewterreportjf: guest – Yes, the Bucs will be in the market for a cornerback, and they could target one in free agency. Asante Samuel (New England) and Marcus Trufant (Seattle) are two of the bigger names that are scheduled to hit the market on Feb. 29. I also wouldn't mind seeing the Bucs draft USF cornerback Mike Jenkins. Yes, I'm a Bull, but I do think Jenkins would be a good fit in Tampa Bay.
guest: Who stood out to you as the best looking player at the Senior Bowl? Who stood out as a player you think would help the Bucs the most next year?
pewterreportjf: cadillac24 – I don't doubt that Chad Johnson could be on his way out of Cincinnati, but I don't think the Bucs will be willing to give up the compensation necessary to land him.
panamabuc: how about ashimough from oakland
guest: jenkins would be a great pick,,also what do the bucs think about moffitt?
bluetick: with Lavelle Hawkins good showing at SB, what round do you think he will be drafted in?
cadillac 24: Any word from the Senior Bowl on some interesting players that are on the trade block?
pewterreportjf: cadillac 24 – The center position is weak in free agency this year. John Wade and Matt Lehr are scheduled to become free agents. The Bucs will bring Wade back if they can't upgrade the position. They will also attempt to sign Pittsburgh G Alan Faneca and move him to center, but there's no guarantee that will happen. Jeff Faine is one of the bigger names that is scheduled to become a free agent. Also keep an eye on Minnesota C Matt Birk, who could be released or traded.
strick-9: Jim: If the Bucs go after a LT or RT in the draft…do they go after a swingman like Cousins or Benedict…who could play guard also.
bucboy: get a playmaker!
pewterreportjf: guest – We've heard some of those whispers about the NFL Draft possibly changing locations each year, but I don't think anything is concrete or set in that regard. It would make things interesting, though, as I'm sure Tampa would be one of the locations in the rotation.
cadillac 24: Will the Bucs be looking for an upgrade at UT or do they think they're fine with Haye?
bucboy: desean jackson, manningham, sweed
boomac: Do you yhink Brohm will drop all the way to 20?
bluetick: Have you heard what players were interview Senior Bowl week after you left to cover A-train retirement
cadillac 24: What is defensive line position like in this year's draft class?
pewterreportjf: guest – Several players stood out at the Senior Bowl. I started off really high on Virginia Tech WR Eddie Royal. I think he's a player that could help the Bucs at wide receiver (from a speed standpoint) as well as a return man. However, toward the end of our trip I really came away impressed with Cal running back Justin Forsett. He would be a good fit for Tampa because he can catch out of the backfield and he's pretty quick. He needs to work on his blocking, but that can come in time. I like Forsett a lot.
pewterreportjf: guest – I don't think the Bucs have much interest in drafting USF LB Ben Moffitt, but they could be in the market for a middle linebacker. Keep in mind that Antoine Cash had impressed before he was injured last year, so the Bucs might not take a middle linebacker in the draft.
pewterreportjf: bluetick – Lavelle Hawkins definitely elevated his stock in the draft with his showing at the Senior Bowl. I will reserve comment in terms of which round he will be drafted in until after the NFL Combine. That can literally make or break players, especially at the wide receiver position. I think Hawkins will be a first day pick for sure.
bucboy: i don't mind a C, but bucs have spent enough recent effort on o line, plus they show promise. time to get guys who can stretch the field
cadillac 24: Which positions in the draft are the strongest/weakest?
pewterreportjf: strick – Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Muir love swing tackles. If Tampa Bay drafts a tackle it will be a player that can play more than one position. Keep in mind that Donald Penn can play both tackle spots, so if Luke Petitgout can get healthy Penn could be a very valuable backup.
pewterreportjf: cadillac 24 – The Bucs were happy with how Jovan Haye performed at under tackle. He was much better than Anthony McFarland. However, the Bucs are still looking for a more dominant player at the three technique position, especially from a pass-rushing standpoint. That said, look for the Bucs to attempt to find another defensive tackle, most likely through the draft.
pewterreportjf: boomac – Brian Brohm's stock is dropping, or at least that's what people were suggesting in Mobile. I'm not sure he'll drop to No. 20, though. Plus, there aren't a lot of people that believe Brohm would be a good fit for Tampa Bay's offense.
guest: scott will we be hearing you on the radio on wednesdays anymore
strick-9: good ? guest…
jtwright: Any word on Dan Buenning's health — with a full camp, he should compete at center, correct?
boomac: Are the bucs interested in Trevor Laws? He played well at the Senior Bowl, and good interior D lineman are tough to come by
pewterreportjf: guest – Scott isn't in tonight's chat. We rotate each week. Otherwise, you'll get sick of both of us if you aren't already. :) In all seriousness, we are looking into what allegedly transpired and was allegedly said on the radio while we were in Mobile covering the Senior Bowl, and we will not comment more than that until we carry out our investigation and gather all of the facts.
cadillac 24: Will the Bucs be willing to trade draft picks to move up in the first round of the draft?
cadillac 24: What is defensive line position like in this year's draft class?
bucboy: controversy?
pewterreportjf: twright – Dan Buenning should be 100 percent healthy come spring. The Bucs did not want to chance putting him on the field and having him re-injure his knee in 2007, especially since there's a good chance he will compete for the starting center job in 2008 with John Wade and Matt Lehr scheduled to become free agents.
cadillac 24: Didn't John Wade choose not to buy out the last year of his contract?
pewterreportjf: cadillac 24 – The Bucs won't be willing to trade up in the first round of the draft unless there's a player that falls out of the top 10 that should have been taken there. It costs so much to move up and this is a team that has parted ways with way too many premium draft picks over the last decade. If anything, the Bucs would be more likely to trade down than trade up.
cadillac 24: Besides Sedrick Ellis and Glenn Dorsey, what other DTs in the draft are good pass rushers?
pewterreportjf: cadillac 24 – The under tackle position is not strong in this year draft. Defensive end is a little stronger than defensive tackle. As one of the chat members mentioned earlier, Notre Dame DT Trevor Laws is a player I like and one the Bucs could possibly target in the draft. He was impressive at the Senior Bowl.
guest: thanks jim. it would be a real trajedy not to hear scott on wednesdays.
jtwright: JF, if the Bucs were to take a QB in this draft, which might not happen, which QB fits our style the best?
cadillac 24: Are the Bucs interested in DeAngelo Hall if he is a free agent?
pewterreportjf: cadillac 24 – Unfortunately, Sedrick Ellis and Glenn Dorsey are two of the better pass rushers in this year's draft. There aren't a lot of them.
pewterreportjf: cadillac 24 – No, John Wade's contract voided.
guest: jf, are the bucs going to go all in this year in free agency or play conservative again
pewterreportjf: I don't personally think much of him, but Bucs head coach Jon Gruden really likes Delaware QB Joe Flacco.
cadillac 24: What do you think of the Greg Olsen hiring?
cadillac 24: Will the Bucs hesitate in re-signing Jerramy Stevens because of what happened?
pewterreportjf: guest – Expect the Buccaneers, who are about $30 million under the cap, to be more active in free agency this year. They have made adding speed to their offense a top priority. Put it this way — they are well aware of the fact that the Super Bowl will be played in their backyard in 2009. The Bucs would like to be part of it. They know they need to be a more explosive and consistent offense in order to have a chance of making that happen.
pewterreportjf: cadillac 24 – Greg Olson appears to be a very good fit for the Bucs, especially with him having a previous working relationship with Jeff Garcia. I like his credentials (he also helped to bring along Drew Brees at Purdue).
jtwright: Flacco is from a small school, but at least he has an NFL arm unlike Grads
pewterreportjf: cadillac 24 – If the Bucs had a problem with Jerramy Stevens they wouldn't have signed him last year. They were well aware of his background and troubled past, so I don't know why they'd hesitate to re-sign him now.
pewterreportjf: Okay, room. I've got to get going.
cadillac 24: Thanks for the chat! Keep up the good work. :)
jtwright: Thanks JF
guest: jf, which one player would you wish to see the bucs sign in free agency
strick-9: thanks Jim
pewterreportjf: Thanks for joining the chat session this evening. I hope you're ready for an exciting offseason. The Bucs likely will make it very interesting based on what we learned at the Senior Bowl.

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