Apparently in the NFL the age 32 is the new 22. Not really, but when looking at three of the Bucs latest free agent signings, Jason Licht believes there is plenty left in the tank for defensive end Robert Ayers (age 30), cornerback Brent Grimes (age 32) and linebacker Daryl Smith who is 34 years old. The average age of these three players might be 32 years old, but Licht thinks they will do just fine.
It’s a mix of guys that can come in and help us,” Licht said Monday from Boca Raton. “I think there are guys that can help our young guys. It’s a good group. We’re excited about it. It was guys that we think can come in and play and help us. We thought we got good value where we got them. You get a little more value because of the age.
Despite signing players on the downhill side of 30, Licht knows that isn’t the key to long-term success.
“This is still a team that we want to get younger in the long run,” Licht said. “A lot of these guys will help the young players, help them develop quicker and it won’t force us to throw them in the fire too quick. Sometimes they’re ready. Our rookies last year did a great job but it doesn’t always work out that way.
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]
Sign people who can help the team, forget about age.
Can they still ball? can they still make the plays? Also, what is their injury history and if previously injured what is the prognosis of his recovery? I like these moves. I got to tell ya… I’ll take 32 year old PLAYER over a Randy Gregory, 6-5 260, 2nd Round Pick Dallas, 2015 Draft, 0 Career Sacks, Suspended first 4 games this year due to substance abuse… I’m just saying, there are no “for sure” things even at 23yrs old! So, I’ll mix a couple of vets with the young pups. Especially if they have been to a couple of Pro Bowls or 3! Go Bucs!
We still need a DE, CB, Safety; probably an additinal DE in the draft.
You will get that in the draft Horse. May not all be starters though. A high pick at corner and DL would get more playing time this year.
Yes I agree. These older guys are just here for the short time; expect most of them to have nagging injuries, but still contributors. I know we can’t fix it all at once. I approve what they have done so far.
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