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SR’s Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, PewterReport.com publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place and around the NFL.

FAB 1. Bucs’ Future Forecast

When Bucs general manager Jason Licht approaches the NFL Draft each year he doesn’t just look to fill immediate needs. With the help of director of football administration Mike Greenberg, Licht looks beyond the current season to fill future needs, too.

That’s a big reason why Licht drafted defensive tackle Vita Vea with the team’s first-round pick last year. Vea played nose tackle, three-technique tackle and five-technique defensive end at the University of Washington in Jimmy Lake’s multiple defense, which used 3-4 and 4-3 schemes.

Despite having six-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy on the team, in addition to two new nose tackles in Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein, Vea made sense for the long term because it typically takes even the most talented defensive tackles a year or two to really become really dominant.

McCoy and Bucs Hall of Famer Warren Sapp each had just three sacks in their rookie seasons, and that’s how many Vea was able to record as well. Licht didn’t draft Vea as much for 2018 as he did for 2019 and beyond, as the team is looking to part ways with the 31-year old McCoy and his $13 million salary either this year or next year. Unrein is already gone, and it’s a safe bet that Allen will depart Tampa Bay after the 2019 season, too.

If he continues to ascend in his second season, Vea could be a Pro Bowl-caliber by 2020 and the leader of the defensive line – at least that’s the expectation at One Buccaneer Place.

Another example of this practice is the Bucs drafting wide receiver Justin Watson last year in the fifth round, anticipating the loss of DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries this year.

So let’s take a look at Tampa Bay’s roster in 2020 and those Bucs players that will be entering this season in a contract year, just like Licht and Greenberg are doing.

The Bucs have 39 players under contract for 2020, but several of those players will be on the roster bubble during training camp, including the likes of outside linebacker Demone Harris, defensive end Pat O’Connor, wide receiver K.J. Brent, kicker Phillip Andersen, punter Hayden Hunt and others.

In all, about 20-24 players – including the likes of Vea, wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, offensive linemen Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith, linebacker Lavonte David among others – out of those 39 figures to still wear red and pewter in 2020. So the Bucs already have a little less than half of what will comprise the 2020 53-man roster. Players from the 2019 and ’20 draft classes, in addition to next year’s free agent class will comprise the rest of next season’s 53-man roster.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and director of football administration Mike Greenberg - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs GM Jason Licht and director of football administration Mike Greenberg – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs currently have $131,250,192 on the books for player contracts in 2020, according to OverTheCap.com, including $71,722,957 spent on offensive players and
$55,072,235 currently allocated for defensive players. The NFL salary cap figures to increase close to $200 million next year, so the Bucs will have approximately $60–$70 million worth of salary cap as of right now with an early estimate, but there will be a slew of pending free agents, which we’ll discuss momentarily.

Here are the current Top 12 highest-paid players in Tampa Bay for 2020.

WR Mike Evans – $16.75 million
LT Donovan Smith – $14.5 million
DT Gerald McCoy – $12.5 million
DE Jason Pierre-Paul – $12.5 million
LG Ali Marpet – $11.025 million
LB Lavonte David – $10.75 million
C Ryan Jensen – $10 million
TE Cameron Brate – $6 million
DE Will Gholston – $4.75 million
DT Vita Vea – $4,042,974
TE O.J. Howard – $3,530,182
P Bradley Pinion – $2.7 million

Of course one big contract that is missing is that of quarterback Jameis Winston, who is set to make $20.92 million this season in his fifth-year option. Should Winston play well enough to become the first drafted quarterback in Tampa Bay history to earn a second contract with the Bucs, he’ll likely have a cap value north of $22 million in 2020. All of a sudden, Tampa Bay’s projected $60-$70 million in cap room gets slashed to about $48-$58 million.

Here is a list of the pending 2020 free agent Buccaneers (projected starters are noted with an asterisk*)

QB Jameis Winston*
RT Demar Dotson*
CB Vernon Hargeaves*
ILB Deone Bucannon*
RB Peyton Barber*
SLB-DE Carl Nassib*
ILB Kevin Minter*
K Cairo Santos*
WR Breshad Perriman*
SLB Shaquil Barrett*
RG Earl Watford*
NT Beau Allen
WLB-DE Noah Spence
QB Blaine Gabbert
CB Ryan Smith
DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches
RT Caleb Benenoch
SLB Devante Bond
OL Evan Smith

That’s 19 unrestricted free agents next year for Tampa Bay.

In addition to preparing to lose some of the 11 projected starters that are set to hit free agency in 2020, Licht must also prepare to replace some defensive stalwarts in McCoy – possibly as early as this year if he’s traded or released as a cap casualty – and linebackers Lavonte David and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Bucs LB Lavonte David – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

David will turn 30 next January and will be entering the final year of his contract year in 2020, making $10.75 million. Pierre-Paul turns 31 next January and will also be entering the final year of his contact in 2020, making $12.5 million. Will those players be worth those hefty salaries two years from now? More importantly, will the Bucs want to re-sign David in 2021 at age 31, and will Pierre-Paul get re-signed at age 32 in two years?

Drafting for need is necessary at times, but it’s never ideal because if a team misses on a draft pick, it then must usually turn to free agency to find a much more expensive, immediate replacement. Drafting potential replacements for David and Pierre-Paul this year is not mandatory, but it will become more urgent in 2020 and will possibly become a need at that time.

The Bucs’ immediate needs as it pertains to 2019 are the right side of the line with contracts for Dotson, Benenoch and Watford up after this season, in addition to cornerback with Hargreaves and Smith in the final year of their contracts.

Tampa Bay’s biggest need in the future at first glance appears to be at linebacker where the contracts for Nassib, Barrett, Minter, Bucannon, Bond and Spence are up after this season. And don’t forget that linebacker Jack Cichy is coming off a torn ACL and that Kendell Beckwith’s status is up in the air regarding his return to health due to his fractured ankle from last offseason.

Some of those pending free agent linebackers figure to return in 2020, but the Bucs will need more young talent, especially for a 3-4 scheme that relies on a stable of playmaking linebackers, and Greenberg and Licht would love that to come in the form of linebackers on cheaper rookie contracts rather than via free agency.

Licht and the Bucs will be filling some immediate needs later this April, but will also be drafting for the future with an eye on 2020, too.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Really high on Burns the more I’ve read about him. He’s continuing to add weight and at only 21 years old, is far from a finished product. He’s a very intelligent player too, and his mental makeup and the film study he does makes his technical game better than most of the guys coming out. That’s one of the reasons Ledyard likes his so much as well. Think he would be a great successor to JPP and would be a guy that would pick as much info as possible from PP’s head before he moves on. Would love to see him as a Buc, and actually think there’s a real possibility of it happening. The lack of news of a Bucs connection isn’t surprising.

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  2. This draft is a big one, (they all are) we need at least 2 starters. One on defense in the front seven and I believe we need a right tackle to come in and take Dots job. Pick 5 needs to be a franchise type player. My opinion is trade down to get some more picks but not too far down that we miss out on one of the stud defenders.
    1. Josh Allen
    2. Ed Oliver
    3. Devin White
    One those three will be find with me.

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  3. And being that BA and Bowles value positional flexibility, he checks that box as well. Suggest watching his Combine field-drill workout if you haven’t already to get an idea of his skill set, he’s not just a 4-3 DE by any stretch and has the hands of a WR as well.

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  4. Pinkstob and other Posters have it right we don’t have enough good players. I am all for trading down in 1st & 2nd rounds in order to obtain additional 2nd & 3rd round picks.
    On another thought; I’m wondering if Levonte David could be a trade possibility?
    Totally not sure if if some of our DL and LB’s can actually perform in a 3-4.
    I’m starting to rethink where we actually are this season to get out of the NFC South bottom. Realistically I’m thinking more of 7-8 wins would be good. Any thoughts here?

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  5. There once was a GM called Licht
    who caused the fans a fright.
    In Licht they used to trust
    only to have bust after bust.
    When Licht wants to draft
    he should be bobbing on a raft.
    While Licht breathes salt air
    fans know his good picks were rare.
    Here we go again and again
    with another pick in the top ten.

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  6. I did a little bit of work to get the following list.
    Below are the players the Bucs have either met with twice(Bucs met with Rashan Gary three times) or brought them in for a private visit.
    This should give you an idea of the players and positions the Bucs are targeting in the draft.:

    Ed Oliver DT Houston
    Tytus Howard OT Alabama State
    Ryan Davis WR Auburn
    Cody Ford OT Oklahoma
    Darrell Henderson RB Memphis
    CeCE Jefferson DE Florida
    Chris Slayton DT Syracuse
    Tre Watson ILB Maryland
    Devin White ILB LSU
    Q. Williams DT Alabama
    Nick Bosa DE Ohio State
    Josh Allen OLB Kentucky
    Devin Bush ILB Michigan
    J. Dean CB Auburn
    C. Gardner-Johnson S Florida
    Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson
    D. Savage S Maryland
    Montez Sweat DE/OLB Miss State
    Johnathan Abram S Miss State
    Rashan Gary DE Michigan – three meetings

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  7. If you want to know why the Bucs salary caps is in a state of constrraint, look at two of those salaries on players I like but are being way overpaid.
    Lavontae David is making Luke Kueckly money and David is not Luke Kueckly.
    Ali Marpet is making way off the chart money for a LG.
    You can add Ryan Jensen into that mix as well.

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  8. Jason Licht has to take Allen, Q.Williams or E.Oliver for several reasons at 5. To the people that suggest trading down is what we should do I generally agree but not with Licht. It would be crazy for anyone to expect him to make good decisions with the extra picks because he never has. He needs to stay at 5 and select one of the players along the DL that will have an immediate impact. I still think we mishandled the GMC situation bc although not elite he is better than Beau Allen and Will Gholston in his sleep. Both should’ve been cut and then a GMC restructure should’ve taken place. Vita, GMC and Oliver/Q.Williams in a 3-4 would be way more impressive than whatever this will end up looking like. I also don’t want him drafting another RB unless Bruce is making the call. I feel the same way about OL, post Lovie he hasn’t found one in FA or the draft worth a damn so I would pass on that position as much as we need it unless Bruce just absolutely is in love with a guy. Draft DL, CB and LB with the first 3 picks would be the best use and would shore up the defense. Then use the later round picks to get a RB and OL with less focus on them.

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  9. If Gerald McCoy doesn’t take a pay cut and decides to be waived, he is going to be in for a rude introduction to what his true value is in the NFL.
    I’ll wager he doesn’t pull in more than five, possibly $6 million tops.
    Let’s face it, McCoy is no Dwight Feeney who went to a number of different teams in the twilight of his career and who was actually still a force with his pass rush.
    Despite still being able to bring a pass rush, I don’t think Feeney made more than $6 mill in the last few years of his career.
    Same thing with the Panthers DE, forget his name. He played for $2 mill last year.

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  10. I believe that there has been enough talent on this team over the last few years to have been, at the very least, an average 8-8 team, but the problem is coaching these players up. Whether Licht hits on a couple of players or misses isn’t going to have as much of an impact on this team as what Arians pulls off. Outside of Brady, I don’t think the Cheatriots are that much more talented than the Bucs. The difference is Belichick.

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  11. Mizzou – It’s still possible Q Williams drops to no. 5 as well. Whoever drops to no. 5, I’m certain the Bucs will be gaining a hell of a football player. I think that’s the case even if we trade down a few spots as well.

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  12. Great Fab 5 as always, Scott. I don’t know how you keep this up when there’s so little going on during the offseason, like right now, but keep up the great work!

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  13. So sick of this RB narrative. If he is 0-3 on RB’s, including on one who was a consensus 2nd round pick from last season by literally every draft expert alive…MAYBE THERE’S ANOTHER PROBLEM??? So let’s use some critical thinking skills Scott. What does a RB need to succeed? Holes to run through. Who creates the holes? The OL. Who gave up the fewest YPC before 1st contact last season. OUR OL. So maybe we need to do a little more than “not whiff on a RB again.” How about this instead: stop ignoring the massive glaring problem on our offense and get some damn run blockers in the building. So sick of our media pushing a broken narrative. If we block better, the 2nd round pick from last year will be more successful. I don’t just think that, I absolutely 100% guarantee that.

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  14. And to expand…if Licht doesn’t fix the OL and drafts another RB, guess what? He’ll be 0-4 on RB’s. Take that to the bank.

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  15. If the Bucs move down from 5, yes Burns should definitely be one of the options to take.

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  16. I wouldn’t have a problem with drafting Burns. Just not at #5. Depending on what the Bucs actually do at #5, DL, DE/LB, OT or QB will determine how this draft goes for the Bucs. Burns could drop the late 1st and a team could trade up. who knows.

    Now don’t laugh at the QB comment. The Bucs don’t have a fallback for Winston when he fails to progress this season. As Scott said, Licht drafts for the Future sometimes. There is no guarantee Winston progresses toward Franchise status. Do the Bucs gamble by rolling the dice on 2019 with Winston or do they draft insurance. Only time will tell.

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  17. Another take on Burns by one Trevor Sikkema: “I like Brian Burns a lot. Said a month or so ago I don’t understand why the gap between him and Josh Allen is so wide. Both good edge rushers, but Burns deserves Top 10 talk, too — he’s not getting it.”

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  18. Jaylon Ferguson is my under the radar pick if we trade back. Dude will be a beast, mark it down.

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  19. It shouldn’t be hard to come out of this draft with a starting caliber right tackle, and defensive tackle, or defensive end, even in a trade down. I’m thinking the best pick would be Taylor at right tackle, he’d be an instant up grade over Dotson, and his 4 plus million salary. It’s about time we invest in a top prospect for the O line at a position of need. I don’t believe Dotson has another year left, more like one to many. With a high 2nd we can still get a McCoy replacement in this deep DT class. If we trade down, and get more picks I’m for continuing drafting along both lines, and linebacker as a need.

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  20. EricNV. I’m not that excited about Q. Williams. He was only a one year starter and played with some really good players around him. If DT is our choice I would much rather have Ed Oliver. But 3 years from now I maybe proven completely wrong but I really like Oliver.

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  21. So let me get this straight. Vernon Hargreaves is a million times better at press coverage? Wow, wasn’t that his strong suit in college? Just another reason that these idiot coaches deserve to be fired. No, no, no, let’s not have him excel at something he’s good at, let’s put him somewhere where he will fail. Just never understood the thinking behind putting a square peg in a round hole. Same shit with Marpet, same shit with Cappa. Even the same with Stewart who was always viewed as a safety and not a nickel corner. This franchise needs to get it together this year. At least to see the team on an upward angle instead of the constant shit show us fans are given. I’m a die hard fan and will never waiver, but watching this team shoot themselves in the foot wether it’s coaching, kicking, defensive lapses (see Chicago) or turnovers. I think BA will iron most of this out and that’s why we need him now more than ever

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  22. Stating that Licht should go with safe draft picks and then suggesting he take Burns is hypocrisy bordering on lunacy. Be consistent!

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  23. Draft day can’t come soon enough..

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  24. MizzouBucs24 – Just go back and watch his tape. He’d be an upgrade over McCoy within a year or two. However, as deep as this draft is in DL talent, I wouldn’t be at all unhappy if we waited until the 2nd or 3rd rounds to draft a DT.

    IF, and it’s always an if, D White is everything the hype is saying he is, I’d say the Bucs need to take White at no. 5, unless Bowles is comfortable with L David, Bucannon, and the new guy from the Broncos as his ILBs. The Bucs would be stupid to pass on J Allen if he’s there at 5, but I’m not as sold on Oliver at no. 5 as I was in January. Not enough sack production, and his combine weight was ridiculously low. I’d take Oliver if we traded down 4-7 spots for value, pick up a starting DE / OLB in the 2nd round along with a starting right G for trading down, RB or CB in the third (Henderson or the Penn State guy), and another DT in the 4th (Khalein?).

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  25. EricNV. I’m right there with you on D. White I really like him. He is a bigger, faster, and stronger version of Kwon. He’s a playmaker which is what we need. But edge rushers are so hard to find Allen has to be the guy if he’s there at 5. Licht will have to try pretty hard to mess up this years first round pick.

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  26. On another note, I wonder if it would be worth giving up a 5th rounder to trade for Josh Rosen? He has the skills of a first rounder… Who knows what the Arians/Cards connection could bring?

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  27. Cards will hang on to Rosen and his rookie contract rather then dump him cheap.

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  28. Avoiding draft mistakes are on every GM’s mind. The selection of College talent is not guaranteed and never has been. There have been many 1st round busts that on paper and to the eye look great to most every GM and draft analyst. Rich McKay was all about production, and I recall that he was 2nd guessed for his selection of Diminutive Warwick Dunn. Dunn proved many wrong and proved to be worthy of his selection at 12th overall in the first round of the 1997 draft.

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  29. Cardinals 2.0

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  30. Wow the chef sounds like he starting to see without filters
    Almost sounds frustrated with the crap managment is pulling on us the fans.

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  31. I love how you mention the BS “toughness” theme in last year’s draft, and bemoan the lack of playmakers…then forget to mention Vita over Derwin. Can you imagine this team with Derwin in the back & Maurice Hurst up front. The only reason they’re not here is because Jason had other motives other than “pick the best player”.

    Oh, and running back scouting is the most intricate because you have to tell about an athlete’s ability to move his body…Jason is clearly awful at reading that, which means he has officially a losing record at picking athletes (as the real record points out). Arians is making the picks anyway, thank god.

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  32. STFU on Derwin James for crying out loud.

    Any rookie safety with Bosa, Ingram, Mebane, Perryman, and Thomas Davis in the front 7 attacking the hell out of the QB is going to get free runs on blitzes and plenty of opportunity on passes.

    A closer look…
    He had 3.5 sacks. 3 of them came in weeks 1-4 against KC WK 1, BUF WK 2, and OAK WK 4.
    He had 3 INT’s. They came against the Rams, AZ, and Pittsburgh.

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  33. Thank you Big Sombero, having a strong front 7 is a DB’s dream, just ask Dexter Jackson, Ronde Barber, John Lynch and Donnie Abraham/
    We had a safety last year we pulled off the waiver wire who had four picks and why we let him go still puzzles me.
    As for whiffing on RB’s, you can definitely say Licht whiffed on Sims.
    The guy was definitely afraid to stick up inside between the tackles and spent a lot of time in the backfield running laterally and juking around trying to avoid contact.

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  34. Sims was an upright runner, but was deceptively good in the passing game early in his career. The problem became that any time he checked in, the opposing defense knew he was likely to get a screen or a wheel.

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  35. I believe that the best defenses all start up front. I will take a stud DT or DE over a stud CB or S any day. If you had to choose between Barber and Sapp, who would you start with? What about Simeon Rice over John Lynch? Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE what Barber and Lynch have done as Bucs and believe BOTH are HOF players (or will be eventually!) But if I had to choose who to start with? Give me Sapp. Give me Brooks. Give me Rice. Those are foundational building blocks. Front 7 all day. I like the Vita Vea selection. Its way too early to judge his ability but last year I saw him toss – TOSS!! an offensive lineman on many occasions. He just threw him out like a bag of garbage.

    On the flip side, I believe great offenses start and end with a great QB. Case in point…Peyton Manning had a horrible line most years in Indy. Jeff Saturday? Tarik Glenn? Many other forgotten players. Also, so did Brady, Brees, Favre, Mahomes, Rivers, etc. It was always a patchwork O line every year for all those guys. The great QB’s smarts, quick release, escapability, and savvy is what makes those offenses great. That and knowing the situation and making a play when its critical. Jameis can be that guy…maybe? The jury is clearly still out. Otherwise, the Bucs would have already extended him.

    SR is right about selecting a player based on production. Some on here say the Bucs are many players away from a great defense. I disagree. I think they need ONE guy. Front 7 superstar. He could be a LB, DE/OLB, or DT. He needs to be a Ray Lewis/Dwight Freeney/Warren Sapp type of firebrand and leader who is ULTRA PRODUCTIVE.

    Just my two cents on this weeks Fab 5.

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  36. X2 Sombrero great point! Vita Vea was a good pick. If anybody wants to criticize Licht look no further than when he traded up to get PK Aguayo when SS Von Bell was still on the board that was just dumb. No GM is perfect so for me his sins have been forgiven with some of the other late Rd picks Godwin, Beckwith, Kwon. I’m going put my palm palms down and tell you what really worries me though, BA’s effect on the draft. I worry because the last 6 drafts of Arizona have been horrific and for all the praise we give BA for his coaching can’t say the same for his drafts. I hope I’m wrong this year, Go Bucs!

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  37. Always enjoy the Fab 4. I can’t call it 5 because the last one is usually a pimp job for sponsors and the PR Podcast.

    I like the “common man” style of the self-proclaimed “Meathead” including his dives into the pool following each surprising victory during Koetter’s first season. I never took much issue with his early round selections at the times they were made because I trusted the team’s judgement over my own. I even understood the Roberto shocker because I understood the rationale of using what amounted to our original 3rd round choice for possibly a ten year PK. Sadly, the results of Licht’s drafts in general have been less than a mediocre showing on the field. The”it’s poor coaching, not a lack of talent” excuse is over with what looks like the best staff we’ve had since the Gruden years.

    To say Jason Licht is on the “hot seat” is an understatement. He shouldn’t be allowed to sit. The Glazers have probably already told him, “Don’t bother to sit down Jason, another 5 dash 11 dive into the cesspool season and you’ll be leaving”.

    Me, I’m hoping the talent he acquired is untapped and Bruce saves his friend’s job.

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  38. At least Winston is in his last year. Time to put up or shut up. If he plays well pay him for more years. If he still has four or five high INT games, it will be time to look elsewhere. Either the future of this team will look rosy or if they will be starting over again depending on Winston. This was very interesting about what Licht needs to do, but if Winston bombs, will he even be around to try again?

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  39. I personally don’t think Licht’s seat is as hot as you do Scubog. I think the Glazers have rightfully judged Licht on the talent he’s brought here and that’s why he was not shoved out the door with Koetter and company. The groceries are here we just needed a chef and judging by what BA was able to do with that garbage down in AZ he’s already popping champagne bottles here in Tampa.

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  40. drdneast, pretty sure you’re thinking of Julius Peppers

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  41. We’ll soon see Captain. I hope that’s the case.

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  42. Interesting article Scott, I especially liked fab 2 that addressed 5 things Licht must avoid in this Draft. The one that stood out involved picking playmakers. Your example of Moorland 18 interceptions was great although I question the competition James Madison faced vrs. seasoned Nfl QB’s. I Would have used LA TECH edge rusher Jaylon Ferguson who had 17 sacks. A second round candidate that beat Allen’s 11, Sweats 8, and Olivers 3. None of the top 5 came close and for all those” Bosa’s the Best fans,” his best year only produced 8 sacks. I agree though playmaking is instinctual often dangerous but gut response driven. Of course one might equate Playmakers with “Risktakers,” which would sort of cancel out your first premise.
    I have often thought that day 3 players are there because list makers have to assign some rank to each player for a living. I mean what’s the difference between 214 and 226 or 191 for that matter. Thats why so many UDFA wind up starting in the NFL. I could go on forever but I think your comments on playmakers is spot on.

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  43. “If legendary left tackle Paul Gruber, who was never voted to the Pro Bowl, is in the Bucs Ring of Honor, then McCoy deserves to be in.”

    Gruber went in far too soon, but by that logic, lots of above-average players deserve to be in. That said, you can’t ignore how high up the franchise leaderboard GMC is in years\games played, sacks, pro bowls, and years wearing the “C” on his jersey. He’s less than what most people hoped he would be but in Buccaneer terms he’s one of the most decorated and important players outside of the “Monte Kiffin era”

    when the ROH began the superbowl era bucs were too fresh to be honored and I think there was an emphasis on recognizing the creamsicle years and Gruber was a trooper in that period. IMO (and i admit i’m one who didn’t see him play much personally) there are a few creamsicle era and several dungy\gruden era guys who deserved the honor sooner, but Gruber should’ve been honored eventually

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  44. WHAT! You must be one of these that likes to play with matches or sharp objects or something like that. Waaay Too soon but you make a compelling argument and I tend to agree with you. Mcoy makes everybody better, just ask JPP & Nassib they’ll tell you. Football has always been a numbers game and Mcoy is an anomaly two of yours for one of mine. Mcoy will go down as one of the greatest Bucs Ever! Look you got me starting a fire now. Cheers

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  45. McCoy in the Bucs ring of honor? Are you joking?!?! Because he has been in Tampa for 9 years is shitty criteria. Demar Dotson has been in Tampa just as long.

    If it’s only based on his career earnings as a Buc then there is a compelling case. However, if it’s based on career impact, leadership, playoffs, toughness, consecutive starts, and defensive rankings, no chance.

    If sucky impact-less GMC goes in, alongside true Bucs greats like Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Tony Dungy, etc. then the whole process is a sham.

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  46. So you guys are criticizing me for riding Scott’s theme here while mentioning he dropped the ball on the biggest part of his theme: Jason picked Vita over Derwin strictly on toughness. Good chance Vita will never be the player Derwin is.

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  47. It is my greatest hope for this team that Arians and Bowles have a truly different and meaningful coaching perspective/quality on players that is additive to Licht’s draft processes.

    That is all that really matters today.

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  48. This article looks like all my rants rolled into one story. I said last year our LB disaster was coming right at us , I also have been relentless on the MJ Stewart and Rojo picks.So good to see someone call out just how HORRIBLE of a pick he was. Mid 4th round grade and we take him where we did. That SCARES ME! It’s not trying to be funny but it literally scares me!!When a GM of an NFL franchise is actually picking players that NOONE WANTS AT ALL over talented CBS ranked in the 4-7 range. That’s an issue!! Trading INTO the 2nd years prior to DO the EXACT SAME thing. Taking a PK NOOOBODY was grabbing at all!!! To think he gave up capital to “ move up” for that. Lastly he DOES NOT know how to pick in real time, so future planning ? Pffft, no way. He would have known last years DB draft was much better than this years. Thus James and top TWO CBS should have been our first 3 picks and Fred Warner our last #3. Also if you trade back into the 3rd , why not for a Mason Cole so we don’t have to shell out more $$ than any other team for an average center at best ??? Centers slide all the time. This team should ALREADY have its nucleus of young secondary, and a quality LB or two already to ensure that position.Not to mention if you were looking for Gmacs eventual replacement why not get him in the superstacked/DLine loaded draft this year?? There’s guys like Simmons/ Tillery/ Dremont Jones that will be in rd 2 for God sake.I will be GM for 100,000.00 a yr!!! Glazers best investment they’ll make in awhile.

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  49. The “ groceries are here”?? You mean picking in the top of the draft every year and a bit of luck ,we’ve gotten Mike Evans and O.J. Howard and a stat stuffing immature QB? Marpet and Godwin were solid 2nd n 3rd rd picks- McCoy and David were holdovers from prior regime.This man has completely neglected the Oline!! It’s why inside the opp 30 we stall. Confined space ,we have no Oline to blow guys off the ball and allow us to run it at will when needed.Even inside the 5.. how many times we fall short inside the 5? Once is one too many. We failed a handful of times. Also you watch when the Falcons smoke us and win 11-12 games that it was all Dirks fault!! No GM takes 4th rd DB tweeners or kickers who’ve never hit from 50 in college in early RD 2!! Licht has failed worst than any other GM in the NFL in rds 2-3. You realize how hard it is to draft just ONE true Pro Bowl selection in 5 drafts? Not alternates but true selections? Only ONE in five years of not just drafting but FA $$ as well!!! That’s hard to do!! Even the horrible Browns had Joe Thomas, Joshua Cribbs , Peyton Hillis, Joe Haden and Josh Gordon make Pro bowls.

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