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Mark Cook

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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    If possible the Bucs should sign Jameis to a long term extension this offseason to give themselves more flexibility moving forward.

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    I wish I was a fly on the wall when Donovan Smith starts his negotiations for his next contract, thinking he is the best LT in the game. I can already hear the laughter in that negotiating room.

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      Donovan Smith is hot garbage – he needs constant chip blocks from others to survive out there. Let him, and his concrete shoes, leave

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        I’m not sure if my original post was understood. Donovan Smith thinks he is a top LT. He and his agent will try to negotiate a new contract and ask for top LT money. Jason Licht and any other Bucs back office members will laugh in his face during this meeting. I wish to be a fly on the wall in the meeting so I could join in on the laughter.

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    I’ll go along with everything Mark types except for one damn little detail. Uber driver. Look, no doubt Jameis has the talent, the drive to get better, hates to lose and is a leader. When he signs his second deal he will be the Buccaneers first franchise QB. No doubt.

    But there’s no way it happens until the damn Uber driver investigation is over and Jameis is cleared. I look at it this way. If Jameis was in the back seat, it’s over. But if someone is lying, Darby or Jameis, and he was in the front seat? If he lied to the the Buccaneers (the Glazers) about it? Are they going to pay him 125 millions dollars? No, they’re not.

    I don’t think Jameis is guilty, I really don’t. But if I’m wrong this all blows up in a very bad way. What the NFL is doing dragging what should be a very simple “investigation” out is doing the Buccaneers and Jameis Winston no favors. I can’t imagine the Glazers are comfortable waiting for answers while asking fans for more money for seats in 2018 either.

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      Buc 1976

      Maybe the Bucs should have signed him before Jimmy G. signed. One thing is for sure his son will not grow up poor.

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    I’m a big believer in Jameis, but don’t believe his play has warranted a max contract. Not yet anyway. He needs to be more consistent (and yes, I have issues with Dirk’s offense & lack of flexibility in play calls that make it more difficult on Jameis) over the next two years. I don’t think Licht should offer an extension until the middle or end of his 5th year. We’ll know what he is and more importantly isn’t by that point. Unfortunately the NFL landscape is completely out of control regarding paying QB’s. When Garappolo can get $74M guaranteed after only 7 starts, Jameis is going to get paid big.

    Paying a QB a massive amount per year is dangerous though. Only 7 times has a Super Bowl champion QB had a hit of 10%+ of a his teams salary cap. And those QB’s were named Young, Brady, Peyton, Eli, and Bledsoe. The first 3 are 1st ballot HOF’s. Eli got carried to his 2 rings & Brady won Bledsoe his ring. It’s hard to win a Super Bowl. It’s a lot harder when your QB has a cap hit in double digits. Better draft like geniuses the next 2 years.

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    Pfft he better receive Ryan Tannehill type money, a medling starter’s salary until he gets us in the playoffs…

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    Based on todays world he’ll receive 20-30 million per year so there’s no hurry in Winston or the Bucs coming to terms until sometime in his 5th year. My hat is off to the paying fans; I bow to you for being very loyal fans.

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