began a new offseason feature last year, giving readers an opportunity to get their questions answered about the Bucs by the PR staff. Today, Mark Cook answers five questions taken from Twitter submissions and our message boards using the hashtag #PRMailbag.

Question: Even though Mike. Smith signed a multi-year contract, who’s to say he doesn’t sign as a HC next year with a more suitable team?

Answer: Nothing really. Unless there is some language written in his new deal that prevents it. But if a head coaching opportunity were to come along that is  a good match, I would imagine Dirk Koetter and the Glazers would allow him to explore it. But I have talked to Mike a couple times going back to training camp about that, and unless he is a really good poker player, by all indications he really enjoys what is doing here in Tampa. He is 57, not 37, and while he appears to be in great shape, does he really want the stress and energy it takes to try and rebuild a franchise? Although as I say that, I believe had he been offered the Jaguars job he would have taken it, as it appears there are some pieces in place on both sides of the ball that you could build off of quickly. 

Question: Will the Bucs add some size next to Gerald McCoy at DT in free agency?

Answer: Good question, but one I have also wondered. The problem is, while you can find some 320 pound guys out there to take up space, how many of them have athleticism? And then it becomes the question, is it better to have an athletic 280 pounder, versus a 320 pounder who can’t do anything but fill a gap? In other words, finding the next Vince Wilfork isn’t something you just go to the corner market an purchase. The Bucs defense was gouged up the middle by running backs this year, but was it because they were blasted at the line of scrimmage or was it scheme, or even blown assignments? It will be interesting to see if they Bucs keep players like Akeem Spence and William Gholston, or move in a different direction. I tend to think they will, particularly Gholston, as he was an effective run stopper and edge setter. 

Question: Do you know how interested the Bucs are in Western Michigan WR Corey Davis? I think him paired with Evans would be great.

Answer: I don’t have any inside scoop on this at all, but unless they have some intel on something that hasn’t made been made public, how could they not have interest? First of all, the guy is super talented, and secondly the Bucs desperately need a No. 2 wide receiver. And for the record, from all indictions, he is high-character guy that would fit in well inside the Bucs locker room.  The problem is, he very well could blow up at the NFL Combine and not even be available at No. 19.

Question: What are the chances we add some DLine help in JPP of the Giants? Would be a good addition.

Answer: I don’t know that the chances are, but Jason Licht has attempted to add pass rushing help since the first day he arrived in Tampa. Unfortunately he hasn’t had a lot of success, but it isn’t from trying. Sometimes players want to go to other teams, even taking less money. That has happened with pass rushers over the last few years that the Bucs have targeted. However, with the Bucs making improvements in 2016, those days may be over, and Licht’s success rate in not allowing players to leave Tampa Bay without a contract, may be going up. Pierre-Paul is still a talented football player, and while there is some wear on the tires, he would still be an upgrade. The problem is how much it would take to convince him to come to Tampa, as he reportedly turned down a better offer from Arizona last season to sign a one-year, $10.5 million deal to stay in New York. 

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for 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]


  1. I agree Horse, if Cory Davis is gone in first round take best DL or DE Taco C. Looks good to me can play end and move inside.
    The OL if the center from Ohio St. Is available second round is a BIG GUY and well coached.
    Third round WR Anba etta Tawo has good hands and size not sure if he is really fast.

  2. Maybe it’s time for the BUCS to start drafting the best player available instead of need. Who knows where these guys will fall.
    First round to me is like this, and I’ve taken in to consideration we are 20TH. And maybe these players are around.
    Derek Barnet
    Cam Robinson
    Cory Davis
    Dalvin Cook
    Taco Charleton
    If the BUCS snagged any one of these guys I would be ecstatic.

  3. I like the way Horse and chetthevette think.
    Draft offensive and defensive line in the first two rounds if the players are rated the highest or near the highest.
    How many people actually think Dak Prescott or Ezikiel Elliot would have looked that good this year if they didn’t have the Great Wall of China blocking for them.
    And last year’s Super Bowl teams both had great defenses up front.
    If you don’t have a great offensive line (see Green Bay) you aren’t going anywhere. And if you don’t have a great defensive line in a 4-3, the only direction your headed is backward, I don’t care how many All Pros you have playing in the backfield and we only have an ex one.

  4. The idea of getting JPP and Ayers back together is pretty attractive sounding. When they were both healthy they were a force on the D Line. But would that mess up the progression of Noah Spence? Would we let Gholston walk if we land JPP? Free Agency should be interesting