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    • michael89156

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      Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Signing Dwight Freeney is a win-win situation by Jose Martinez        1h ago freeney_zpsye47b05h.pngThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers need help at defensive end. This isn’t a secret. In three preseason games, the Buccaneers have six sacks with their true edge rushers (Larry English and George Johnson) accounting for only 2.5 of that total.While we can only give the injured Jacquies Smith a pass for now, head coach Lovie Smith loves working a rotation, limiting his players’ snaps and keeping them fresh throughout the course of a game. Three reliable pass rushers isn’t an adequate rotation.Plus, in order for the Tampa 2 scheme to work to its full potential, the front four needs to consistently put pressure on the quarterback. They don’t necessarily need to put up huge sack numbers. The line just needs to make the opposing QB feel uneasy in the pocket. The DTs appear to be a reliable group, but what about the guys coming off the edge?“AT 35, FREENEY IS A SITUATIONAL PASS RUSHER. BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS DEFENSE NEEDS.”This past Saturday, the Buccaneers weren’t able to put pressure on Josh McCown and it showed. The Browns quarterback carved up the Bucs’ defense, completing 17 of 23 attempts.An effective pass rush causes errant passes and results in more turnovers. Case in point, look at how Andy Dalton fared in the Week 2 preseason game. Dalton had more incompletions (7) than completions (6) and threw two picks in his limited time on the field.The Buccaneers are 10 days away from their season opener against the Tennessee Titans. In the meantime, the team should bring in Dwight Freeney for a visit, get him to sign on the dotted line and help him get acclimated to the defense. At 35, Freeney is a situational pass rusher. But that is exactly what this defense needs.As a situational pass rusher with the San Diego Chargers last season, Freeney had 3.5 sacks. The sad reality of the Buccaneers pass rushing woes is the fact that his total would’ve been the fifth-highest on the team. Even at his age, Freeney can still get it done.Throughout the offseason, the Buccaneers have been frugal. After having two big money signings turn into absolute busts, it makes sense that ownership would take a more penny-pinching approach the following year. However, over the last few weeks, the team has been more willing to open up the checkbooks, signing veteran players, like Da’Quan Bowers, Tony McDaniel, Gosder Cherilus, and Tim Jennings.In 2014, Freeney signed a one-year deal with the Chargers last season worth $2.5 million. Essentially, it was a show-me contract. The Bucs are taking that same approach this year with Bowers, McDaniel, English, Chris Conte, Henry Melton, Sterling Moore, Mike Jenkins and more. Freeney would be just another low-risk, high-reward player to add to the payroll.If Freeney doesn’t pan out, the Bucs can take solace in knowing they didn’t break the bank for him and they will have him off the books in 2016. If the Freeney signing works, he’ll be a solid addition to Lovie’s defensive line rotation and his presence will help in the development of the team’s younger edge rushers (Johnson, Smith and T.J. Fatinikun).It’s a win-win situation. Now, go ahead and pick up that phone.link

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    • Anonymous

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      At this point…we need bodies. Healthy bodies that have ANY sort of discernable pass rush skills. Freeney can sign now, and bring his no run defending butt into Tampa for one last paycheck, and to gather 4 or 5 more sacks to end his great career. Man the Bucs are in trouble.

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    • dalaca

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      At this point...we need bodies. Healthy bodies that have ANY sort of discernable pass rush skills. Freeney can sign now, and bring his no run defending butt into Tampa for one last paycheck, and to gather 4 or 5 more sacks to end his great career. Man the Bucs are in trouble.

      I agree. Particularly with the injuries last night, we need to have some viable players in place. He sounds like a good fit for a situational needs player.

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    • Anonymous

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      Freeney is not the answer, IMO.  I’d rather use that roster spot on a young guy with potential that needs experience.

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    • dalaca

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      Freeney is not the answer, IMO.  I'd rather use that roster spot on a young guy with potential that needs experience.

      I agree with that, to some degree, but we already have a good number of roster spots filled by younger players needing experience. Too many and you are looking at an offense of defense with too many problems.I think he fills a good need for this year, while allowing us to draft an edge rusher next season. Then we'll have a younger guy on defense that fills that role.

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    • Anonymous

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      Gotta get fresh legs out there man. I can already see it now Mariota/Newton turning the corner and him losing contain.

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    • Anonymous

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      Brining in Freeney might get the club a few more sacks, heck being optimistic, he may even get the team an extra win or two.  So instead of missing the playoffs by 4 or 5 games, they would only miss the play off by 3 or 4 games. Then what? He is gone again and we still have no solution.  Use the roster spot on someone that has a chance to be a long term contributor.

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    • Anonymous

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      Brining in Freeney might get the club a few more sacks, heck being optimistic, he may even get the team an extra win or two.  So instead of missing the playoffs by 4 or 5 games, they would only miss the play off by 3 or 4 games. Then what? He is gone again and we still have no solution.  Use the roster spot on someone that has a chance to be a long term contributor.

      …and we pick higher in the draft because of that and miss out on the Aldon Smith, Robert Quinn and Ryan Kerrigan’s of the world…………ALL we had to do was draft Cam Jordan in 2011 when he was sitting there.

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    • Anonymous

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      Brining in Freeney might get the club a few more sacks, heck being optimistic, he may even get the team an extra win or two.  So instead of missing the playoffs by 4 or 5 games, they would only miss the play off by 3 or 4 games. Then what? He is gone again and we still have no solution.  Use the roster spot on someone that has a chance to be a long term contributor.

      ...and we pick higher in the draft because of that and miss out on the Aldon Smith, Robert Quinn and Ryan Kerrigan's of the world............ALL we had to do was draft Cam Jordan in 2011 when he was sitting there.

      Just a quick reminder, if we had selected Jordan in 2011, do you think we would have Winston now? Butterfly effect.

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    • Anonymous

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      Brining in Freeney might get the club a few more sacks, heck being optimistic, he may even get the team an extra win or two.  So instead of missing the playoffs by 4 or 5 games, they would only miss the play off by 3 or 4 games. Then what? He is gone again and we still have no solution.  Use the roster spot on someone that has a chance to be a long term contributor.

      I would definitely wait til the 53 man cut downs are done.  If you signed him today, would you expect him to be active in 10 days?  I guess at DE, maybe, for a sub rush package.  Wait and see what other teams cut/waive.  I would be having discussions with his agent now.  Would definitely find where I stand with him and what I would have to break him off to get him in Tampa.  Everyone should remember L&L's luxury of long term thinking may already be slipping away with some of these roster decisions.  They can not have another nightmare season, and they may have to rely on a Lovie defense with no edge rush to prop up this season and buy themselves another.

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    • Anonymous

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      Freeney would be the equivalent of Mankins and Allah knows how much you guys love to piss and moan about that guy.

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    • Anonymous

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      If we give up a pick at the top of the 4th round to sign him and had to give him 8 mil to get him to come, then yes, it would be very much like Mankins.

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    • Anonymous

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      Brining in Freeney might get the club a few more sacks, heck being optimistic, he may even get the team an extra win or two.  So instead of missing the playoffs by 4 or 5 games, they would only miss the play off by 3 or 4 games. Then what? He is gone again and we still have no solution.  Use the roster spot on someone that has a chance to be a long term contributor.

      ...and we pick higher in the draft because of that and miss out on the Aldon Smith, Robert Quinn and Ryan Kerrigan's of the world............ALL we had to do was draft Cam Jordan in 2011 when he was sitting there.

      Just a quick reminder, if we had selected Jordan in 2011, do you think we would have Winston now? Butterfly effect.

      Yeah, I’m sorry to say. The defense can be stout all they want but trouting out Freeman/McCown we were destined to pick top 10 again. I don’t think Jordan is that much of a difference maker. He is a good player but not a Von Miller type where he will directly affect wins and losses because he Cam Jordan isn’t every play dominant.

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    • Anonymous

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      If we give up a pick at the top of the 4th round to sign him and had to give him 8 mil to get him to come, then yes, it would be very much like Mankins.

      How would that 8 mil and 4th round pick factor on the field next Sunday? Do they help block anyone? Get off of this bring in these famous by name only vets. Freeney is done.

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    • Anonymous

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      If we give up a pick at the top of the 4th round to sign him and had to give him 8 mil to get him to come, then yes, it would be very much like Mankins.

      How would that 8 mil and 4th round pick factor on the field next Sunday? Do they help block anyone? Get off of this bring in these famous by name only vets. Freeney is done.

      No, the salary and trade compensation just make it sting more when the player doesn't help block as much as you expected.  Or pressure the quarterback.Freeney might be done.  Or he might be the best option for a sub package RE that allows the defense to function adequately enough for the coach and GM to hang around another year.  I don't know.  There might be 10 guys cut in the next 24 hrs that are adequate short term while having some long term potential.  The position group is enough of a clusterfuck that I would be open to the possibility of Freeney depending on what else I see.  Fully admitting I did not see a single snap of his play last season.  Hopefully someone @ 1Buc watched the film before his injury.

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    • Anonymous

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      If we give up a pick at the top of the 4th round to sign him and had to give him 8 mil to get him to come, then yes, it would be very much like Mankins.

      How would that 8 mil and 4th round pick factor on the field next Sunday? Do they help block anyone? Get off of this bring in these famous by name only vets. Freeney is done.

      No, the salary and trade compensation just make it sting more when the player doesn't help block as much as you expected.  Or pressure the quarterback.Freeney might be done.  Or he might be the best option for a sub package RE that allows the defense to function adequately enough for the coach and GM to hang around another year.  I don't know.  There might be 10 guys cut in the next 24 hrs that are adequate short term while having some long term potential.  The position group is enough of a cluster(censored) that I would be open to the possibility of Freeney depending on what else I see.  Fully admitting I did not see a single snap of his play last season.  Hopefully someone @ 1Buc watched the film before his injury.

      If were going to bring in a guy who may only get 3 sacks all year I would rather it be a guy who may get us 3 this year and 5 the next year. Instead of hoping for 3 then social security after that.

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    • Anonymous

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      Freeney would be the perfect guy to bring in as a situational pass rusher.  Freeney was top 10 in QB hurries last year, it’s not like he does not have any game left.  Can we really be picky at this point?

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    • Anonymous

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      Freeney would be the perfect guy to bring in as a situational pass rusher.  Freeney was top 10 in QB hurries last year, it's not like he does not have any game left.  Can we really be picky at this point?

      I'd first look at what we have with the preseason regulator off this week. If we can't drop the baby deer QB from Tennessee 2-3 times then I'd hope they at least kick the tires.

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    • Anonymous

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      Brining in Freeney might get the club a few more sacks, heck being optimistic, he may even get the team an extra win or two.  So instead of missing the playoffs by 4 or 5 games, they would only miss the play off by 3 or 4 games. Then what? He is gone again and we still have no solution.  Use the roster spot on someone that has a chance to be a long term contributor.

      NFC South is still a wide open division in my opinion. Freeney can help win an additional game better than any other person out there. Ive wanted Freeney on one year deal for months now. C'mon Licht, what are you waiting for? just do it, make your dreams come true, just do it.

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