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Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    I guess I’m a little flabbergasted by this signing – meaning I don’t understand why this happened.

    My understanding of the turn of events is that the Bucs did not fail here. They attempted to resign McDougald before the start of free agency according to the Tampa Bay Times.

    Here is the contract McDougald played under last year. Bradley McDougald signed a 1 year, $2,553,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including an average annual salary of $2,553,000 per Spotrac. I assume the Bucs at least offered to renew that contract or would have presumably offered more this year based on his level of play as a starter.

    What is baffling is McDougald signed for 2mil – less money than he made last year and with a team where he will not start, but will only be a back up. Something apparently went wrong. I think there’s more to this story than the money or McDougald vastly overrated his worth and couldn’t recover once diving into the deep end.

    You may want more of an explanation of what happened here or you may be like me and the Bucs. We’ve moved on! Go Bucs!

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    David DeLeon

    Like you said at the end, I think he thought he was worth more. Before he knew it there was no music and all the seats were taken.

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        Trevor, I’m the guy with the negative vote here. It doesn’t make since for me. We could have signed McDougald for 2.75 a year for two years and guaranteed it for the first year. Something else is there beside what you are “ding,ding,ding” about. We may never know because the Bucs might know something else about McDougald.



          The difference between the two contracts is $197,000. This isn’t rounding up or asking for a tic-tac here. This is a 7.7% increase. Wouldn’t be the first time deals weren’t struck on this margin, nor the last.

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    Aptly put David DeLeon. McDougald proved ehat a miserable pick and NFL safety Barron was.

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    This draft is deep at safety also, another reason not to over pay an average one. What surprised me is they valued Conte more. Conte might be slightly better, but I think that gets offset by his injury history. We read a lot about Chris loosing his job at years end, but I think his chest injury played more into that then what the Bucs believe his ability actually is. At any rate, think the Bucs believe they can draft one this year who has more up side then what Bradley has shown, who will be under a longer, cheaper contract.

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    I just don’t get this. Why would the Bucs pay 5 million for Conte and not be willing to pay McDougald for say 2.75 million unless his agent didn’t even give the Bucs a call back to make a better and final offer? Both are about the same as to talent. Just my opinion.

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      We’ll never be told why – teams never do that, and players and their agents never do that unless they’re being dumb. It’s a private business matter.

      The Bucs made their offers based on their perception of player value and where they want to be as a team.

      Get over it, Horse. Much bigger things to be focused on this year.

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        Conte got a big raise though? I’ll move on, nothing i can do about it anyway.

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    Buc 1976

    Personally I thought he was hot and cold!
    Good luck to him.

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    I like McDoog, and Im sure the Bucs brass did too, but in the end, they liked Wilcox better. Im sure Mc Doog thought he would get more on the market than his demand ended up being.

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    Horse, it’s because. Jason Licht was on the grassy knoll. He was also hanging out with Ted. Cruz’s dad in New Orleans.
    Licht is also known to wiretap certain New York city addresses.
    Crafty guy that Licht

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      He even arranged a date for his friend Monica with a certain president.

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    He can take his 4.74 40yard dash with him to Seattle. (Even I’m faster than this..)

    Luckily, I think drew Brees Matt Ryan and cam newtons 2018 QBR will lose a few points after this transaction.

    Almost always taking bad pursuit angles leading to bad tackling technique..slow and can’t cover TE’s. this guy was Sean jones 2.0.

    draft a safety and get it over with. Or call tanard Jackson smh

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    No big loss. Average at best safety wanting better than average pay. Nothing complicated about this. Tandy and Conte are better. We need to draft for back up and future still for sure. Go Bucs!

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    I think it’s pretty clear that the organization thinks less of McDougald than perhaps we knew. Never anything special. Did OK for an undrafted free agent.

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    LOL, Scubog. I don’t think that President ever needed any help picking up chicks. He was a chick magnet like JFK except Bill seemed to be drawn to the skankier ones, although Monika wasn’t the trailer trash type.
    I think you hit the nail square on the head deezenuts.
    As I said before, the fact McDougald beat out Barron for the starting safety job where he actually did play better than our former 1st round pick just proved how bad that selection was.

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    Freeman Strickland

    Adding Wilcox and bringing back McDougald on the same terms as Conte would have been the safe way to go given the cap space the Bucs have, the injuries the Bucs have faced with Conte and the uncertainties of the draft.

    Maybe a safety will look like the best player available when the Bucs have a pick in the first few rounds. Maybe the pick is not a bust for the Bucs like a first round pick who ended up going to another team before he found the niche he has succeeded in. And, maybe injuries do not force the Bucs to play someone who is not as good as McDougald. But, it is a long season, and McDougald was worth keeping given the cap space the Bucs have.

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    Not sure y we let him go with our cap space. Our safeties played well down the stretch last year and signing Conte seemed like a lower priority than McDougald. Maybe the team sees more in JJ Wilcox. I hope they’re right, they’ve been right more than they’ve been wrong as of late so I have faith that this team will get better

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