OK, so I have held my tongue on this matter until now, but I think the Glazers need to fire Licht immediately. He has been awful at FA in the past, and there is no indication that this year is going to be any better. The only way he shouldn’t be fired is if the Glazers know that he has FA deals already in place and agreed to with several prized FA’s. Namely, there is absolutely no reason why we couldn’t/shouldn’t have deals in place for 2 CB’s and two Offensive linemen. And, only 1 of these 4 guys should be any kind of risky player. I’m OK with signing Shermen, as he has been amazing in the past… but the other three guys need to be in their mid-twenties, healthy, pro-bowl caliber players. We have a ton of cap space.
All I reading about is different FA’s meeting with different teams. As a long-time Bucs fan, who has gone to games and paid good money for the NFL package, Licht needs to understand just how bad this franchise has become. Nearly every game I attend, half the fans are gone by halftime. And, why wouldn’t they be? The product has been terrible. The fact that Licht has not been able to generate ANY buzz or ANY or Any FA visits is truly baffling. The only time we even hear about the BUCS in free agency is when we don’t trade for someone.
For the sake of selling tickets, Licht should be smart enough to at least be leaking information about who we are going after. There are rumors about so many other teams. This isn’t the freaking draft! There is ZERO reason to keep our FA intentions a secret, for the most part. Are we worried about hurting the feelings of players who shouldn’t be on the team anyway? Currently, we have no left guard. Whose feelings are we hurting if we announce that we are going after a guard? Currently, Marpet needs to move back to right guard? Are we worried about hurting Sweezy’s feelings? Worst case scenario, we don’t sign a center, and Sweezy at least knows he is under fire.
For a disappointed fanbase, the lack of noise is deafening.
Yea, Firing our GM right before free agency would be the dumbest thing ever. Have some patience wait till after free agency and the draft. then if you still don’t like what he brought to this team, then bash him all you want.
The Bills and Panthers had to do the same kind of thing last year. I’m not saying the entire staff should be fired… just Licht. Again… if he has deals lined up, then I will be so excited to be wrong about this. But, no deals are lined up right now, then the Glazers need to do something. Why wait? If he is whiffing on the FA’s we need, then those on the inside already know that. On the other hand, if he has locked up the FA’s we need, them again, I will be so happy that I am wrong.
What happens if we wake up on the 16th, and we haven’t signed at least 2 or 3 of these type guys?
Andrew Norwell, G, Panthers
Ryan Jensen, C, Ravens
Malcolm Butler, CB, Patriots
Rashaan Melvin, CB, Colts
Kyle Fuller, CB, Bears (transition-tagged) – why should we care if he is transition-tagged? All that means is that they have the right to match our offer. Why not make an offer?
Eric Reid, 49ers
Are we just going to say… “oh… darn it… I sure wish Licht would have gotten some top-tier talent”? My point is, he has or has not gotten these guys lined up and ready to sign. The Bucs haven’t played a game in months. All of these guys have essentially been available during this time. Licht, and other GM’s, definitely have been speaking with their agents. None of these guys are really surprises. At this point, there should be nothing secretive or surprising. He either has gotten it done or he hasn’t. If he hasn’t, it is time to throw a hail mary and let someone else take a shot.
“He has been awful at FA in the past, and there is no indication that this year is going to be any better.”
First of all, there no idication that hes going to FA signing crazy, or not sign anyway. There no indiciation of anything whatsoever because FA hasnt even started yet.
Second, you say “we cant talk to players, but we can talk to their agents”.. what in the history of this franchise make you think we should be hearing substantial and legitimate rumors between the Bucs and an agent before the FA legally starts? On the contrary, its been widely known that not much ever leaks from the Bucs camps. With the Bucs its usually quiet until the pen meets the paper.
The only FA linked to a team right now is Norwell and the Giants. That’s it. and no Jason can NOT talk to players agents right now. That doesn’t start till Monday and that’s when all the “rumors” will start to come up.
While I want to have faith in Licht regarding free agency, I don’t either. For years he’s done a poor job signing players that can boost either line, and he’s failed to impress via trades. I’m not sure he’s not just a Director of Scouting.
Oh my god overrated an overpaid Mike Evans just robbed the Tampa bay buccaneers without a ski mask this will an go be sorry for a long time paper or plastic what kind of bags the fans need nfc Brown’s smh….
Come on Carsen you can’t be serious! You want them to have contracts in place before the start of Free Agency and if you don’t hear that then Licht should be fired! Ha ha ha ha!!!! Most of the rumors you hear are from the agents trying to inflate their clients pay day because they want the most commission that they can get. Heck, even Gruden used the Bucs to get a better pay day from the Raiders! You guys kill me sometimes!
So… have you begun to notice that many teams are “tampering”? I’m telling you, it is the worst kept secret that from the end of the season onward agents get deals lined up for impending FA’s. Licht just stinks at it. I don’t how these deals get done, I’m just saying that deals are in place right now, even though FA “hasn’t started.”
LOL. I know I have been annoying. Sorry guys. I am honestly shocked that very few of you have been able to admit to yourselves that Licht is a real problem. He is much more of a problem than I realized until yesterday, when I began seeing how weak our roster really is. We need 10 starters. Does anyone dispute that? And, Licht is in charge of the roster. Crazy.