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FAB 1. Licht’s Challenge Of Keep Bucs’ Pass Rushers

Just three years ago, the Buccaneers’ pass rush was in shambles.

After recording 38 sacks during a 9-7 season in 2016, which was Dirk Koetter’s first year as head coach, Tampa Bay’s sack total collapsed to a league-low 22 the following year.

It’s like Bucs defenders were allergic to quarterbacks.

In 2017, Tampa Bay had four players with five sacks or more, led by Gerald McCoy’s seven QB captures. In 2016, only two Tampa Bay defensive linemen reached five sacks – McCoy, who had six, and backup defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who had five.

That lack of sack production ate away at general manager Jason Licht, who fired defensive line coach Jay Hayes and then flooded the defensive line positions during the 2018 offseason. First he traded a third-round pick for Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Then he signed nose tackle Beau Allen and defensive end Vinny Curry from the Super Bowl champion Eagles, and run-stuffer Mitch Unrein from the Bears.

Licht also used Tampa Bay’s first-round pick on massive yet agile nose tackle Vita Vea, but he wasn’t done yet. He also claimed defensive end Carl Nassib, a former third-round pick, off the waiver wire from the Browns.

Despite losing Unrein for the year due to a concussion he sustained in training camp, those moves paid off as Tampa Bay recorded 38 sacks – 16 more than the year before. Three Bucs had six sacks or more, led by Pierre-Paul’s 12.5, which was the first time a Tampa Bay defender had posted double-digit sacks since Simeon Rice last accomplished that feat in 2005. Nassib had a career-high 6.5 sacks, while Vea notched 3.5 sacks after missing all of training camp and the first three games with a calf injury.

After jettisoning Curry, who had just 2.5 sacks in his lone season in Tampa Bay, Licht signed speedy outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who would be better suited to rush the passer in Todd Bowles’ 3-4 defensive scheme. The addition of Barrett would be the NFL steal of the offseason as he posted nine sacks in the first three games of the year and leads the league in sacks with 14.5 along with six forced fumbles and a fumble.

Barrett’s production has been critical given the fact that Pierre-Paul was lost for the first six games of the 2019 campaign after fracturing his neck in a May car crash, and the fact that Nassib missed three games with a groin injury. With four games left, the Bucs have two defenders – Barrett (14.5) and Nassib (five) – with five sacks or more, and Pierre-Paul (3.5) and rookie middle linebacker Devin White (2.5) threatening to reach that level, too.

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett
Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

With 11 sacks in the past two weeks, Tampa Bay is already at 33 sacks with four games remaining. The Bucs seem destined to top last year’s 38-sack mark, and are on pace to record 44 this year, which would match Tampa Bay’s production in its 2002 Super Bowl season, and would be the most sacks since the team notched 45 in 2004.

Like every NFL general manager, Licht has made his share of personnel mistakes over the years. Quarterback Jameis Winston, the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has yet to show enough consistency to be worthy of a long-term contract extension. The expensive offensive line that Licht has assembled has underwhelmed. His entire 2016 draft class has been a bust.

But Licht has assembled a cast of explosive weapons on offense, finally found a gem of a kicker in fifth-round pick Matt Gay, who is connecting on 88 percent of his field goal attempts, and in three short years has assembled one hell of a front seven that can get after the quarterback.

Putting together a really good pass rushing unit is one thing.

Keeping it together is another.

Licht and his capologist, director of football administration Mike Greenberg, will have their hands full figuring out Tampa Bay’s salary cap situation in 2020 and how to re-sign a good deal of the team’s 19 unrestricted free agents, including several starters. Here’s a look at the list:

Bucs’ 2020 Unrestricted Free Agents

QB Jameis Winston
OLB Shaquil Barrett
OLB Jason Pierre-Paul
OLB Carl Nassib
DT Ndamukong Suh
OT Demar Dotson
DT Beau Allen
FS Andrew Adams
RB Peyton Barber
WR Breshad Perriman
LB Kevin Minter
DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches
OL Earl Watford
OT Josh Wells
CB Ryan Smith
QB Blaine Gabbert
OLB Sam Acho
OT Jerald Hawkins
SS Darian Stewart

Aside from making a key decision on Winston’s future in Tampa Bay, Licht’s top priority will be to keep the Bucs’ top pass rushers in red and pewter. Their production since arriving in Tampa Bay has warranted the attention of Licht and Greenberg.

Pierre-Paul: 16 sacks, 2 FFs, FR and 75 tackles in 22 games (missed 6 games)

Barrett: 14.5 sacks, 6 FFs, INT and 38 tackles in 12 games

Nassib: 11.5 sacks, 3 FFs, FR and 55 tackles in 25 games (missed 3 games)

Bucs OLB Jason Pierre-Paul
Bucs OLB Jason Pierre-Paul – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

That’s 42 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 28 games between the three pass rushers that Licht brought to Tampa Bay over the past two years. And keep in mind that Pierre-Paul and Nassib have missed a combined nine games due to injury over that span of time.

“That’s an awful lot of production,” said Minter, who is also slated to hit free agency in 2020. “If we keep it together, man, the damage we could do. But that’s a fairytale. The business side of this game mucks up football. You can’t keep everybody happy. That’s the downside of the game at this level. It’s hard to bond with guys on some teams because it’s a turnstile.

“There are a lot of decisions they’re going to have to make in the offseason. I don’t know if I would like to be in Jason’s position right now to be honest with you. Everybody is playing so well right now – we’ll see what happens.”

The good news for the Bucs is that the team’s pending free agents want to return to Tampa Bay because they love playing for defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and within his 3-4 defensive scheme among other benefits.

“Tampa is a great city and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it,” Suh said. “Great food and great people down here. It reminds me a lot of the Midwest and being back in Nebraska. There are just great people down here. I enjoy it here. I enjoy this defense and playing for Coach Bowles. I have known him for a number of years. I am definitely happy in this defense, but coming back is not my decision. That’s up to the front office.”

Barrett admits he has thought about returning to Tampa Bay, and is grateful to Licht and the Bucs for the opportunity they gave him this season with a one-year, $4 million deal.

“I think about it a little bit, but nothing is coming unless I worry about what is going on right now,” Barrett said. “I have to set myself up for later. I stay in the moment because it could be gone just like that. So I have to keep doing what I’ve got to do to try to secure it. It’s going to take care of itself as long as I do what I’m supposed to do.

“[A long-term contract] would mean a lot – the security of it and the team believing in me to keep me for that long, however long it would be. It’s going to make me want to play harder for a team to show that much faith in me.”

Re-signing Barrett will obviously be Licht’s priority, but Tampa Bay’s top sacker can’t do it all by himself. In order for Barrett to be successful, he’ll need the return of most – or all – of his supporting cast.

“Shaq is definitely a talented guy, but getting sacks is a collective thing,” Suh said. “It’s teamwork. You have to have good play from the secondary and you have to have your other D-linemates on the same page. Not to take anything away from him or what he has done, but it is a collective effort.”

Bucs DTs Ndamukong Suh and Beau Allen
Bucs DTs Ndamukong Suh and Beau Allen – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Barrett agrees with Suh. While he’s had a combined three sacks and two forced fumbles over the last two weeks, Barrett’s teammates have combined for eight sacks, two forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns during that span.

“After the Saints game I haven’t had that much attention on me and I know it’s because of Carl, it’s because of Vita [Vea], it’s because of Suh and it’s because of JPP – all of those guys,” Barrett said. “We’re all eating off of it, too.”

Pierre-Paul has 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble in the six games he’s played in since returning from his neck injury. Perhaps more important than his pass rush is the fire and leadership that Pierre-Paul brings to the defense and the Bucs organization. A resident of South Florida, Pierre-Paul said he would welcome a return to Tampa Bay next year.

“I would love to be here, but it’s not my decision,” Pierre-Paul said. “Well, I’m lying. It is my decision. It is my decision, and obviously I know my talent is God-given and it’s going to be there regardless. I see it. That’s something I know about myself regardless. Wherever it’s at – whether it’s here – they know what they’re getting. Obviously, in this age you want a D-end that can freaking rush the passer.”

Team sources tell me that Nassib also wants to return to the team that picked him up off the waiver wire two years ago. In Fab 2, we’ll take a look at the cost of what it would take for the Bucs to keep Barrett, Pierre-Paul, Nassib and possibly Suh.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and Co-Chair Joel Glazer
Bucs GM Jason Licht and Co-Chair Joel Glazer – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

But the reality for Licht, Greenberg and the Glazers is that the Bucs simply can’t afford not to keep the key components of Tampa Bay’s pass rush.

Good pass rushers are very hard to find, and teams that don’t reach 30 sacks don’t win division championships, nor do they win Super Bowls.

The Bucs are just three years removed from a 22-sack season – and they can’t afford to go back in that area if Tampa Bay wants to move forward towards becoming a perennial playoff team.

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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]

36 COMMENTS

  1. Bucs have 91 million to resign these free agents:
    QB Jameis Winston : 27m/yr
    OLB Shaquil Barrett : 18m/yr
    OLB Jason Pierre-Paul : 13m/yr
    OLB Carl Nassib : 8m/yr
    DT Ndamukong Suh : 8m/yr
    OT Demar Dotson : Not resigned
    DT Beau Allen : 3m/yr
    FS Andrew Adams : Not resigned
    RB Peyton Barber : Not resigned
    WR Breshad Perriman : Not resigned
    LB Kevin Minter : 2m/yr
    DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches : 2m/yr
    OL Earl Watford : Not resigned
    OT Josh Wells : Not resigned
    CB Ryan Smith : Not resigned
    QB Blaine Gabbert : Not resigned
    OLB Sam Acho : 2m/yr
    OT Jerald Hawkins : Not resigned
    SS Darian Stewart : Not resigned

    $83 million spent with $8 million left for rookies plus any room created by cutting Brate(7m) and/or Gholston(5m).

    There will be plenty of offensive tackles in the next draft. Get a few nasty guys for the line to pair with Marpet and Cappa. Let Smith compete for his spot.

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    • Bucs might be able to get an extra pick in the top 100 by trading OJ or Brate. Bucs would then have 4 picks in the top 100 and they could draft 2 tackles, 1 running back, and a C/G.

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      • If Winston sticks around for next year, I’m thinking that Brate will as well. I think your estimate on JPP’s contract is high, given his age and injury history. The Bucs should also be keeping both Ryan Smith and Andrew Adams (good backup), but we’ll see what happens.

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        • Probably true about my contract estimates. They’re just guesses as I am just a fan. I did a small amount of research to come to those numbers, but that’s all.

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      • It will be hard for Licht to trade OJH as he’ll get no more than a late second and more likely a third (you could convince me of an early fourth) given OJ’s limited production and more importantly tape.

        Would be a painful reminder of how foolish Licht was to spend a first on a TE given our team’s needs, while the more astute GMs had their priorities in order.

        If we had been drafting pass rushers and OL consistently the way good teams do we wouldn’t have the cap challenges we’re facing now.

        Licht is only good at one thing – sifting through other people’s trash to find the occasional piece of treasure. He mostly sucks at drafting and FA.

        Are there exceptions like Godwin, sure, nobody gets it wrong 100% of the time but six years in how many of our draft picks do other teams really wish they had? Please make a list for, me it’s eye opening.

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        • We are all entitled to our opinion. I like Meathead. I would rather have a GM that makes bold picks but accepts that a player isn’t living up to his draft/contract status and cutting/trading them as opposed to keeping them and trying to force success just because he made the pick. Licht isn’t in a vacuum. He works with the current coach(es) to make the picks every year.

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    • 27mil est for Mr. Winston is bit high to me. If that could get to 20mil 👍🏾. Don’t know if NFL does team options. But would be ideal. Something like a 1 and 2.

      Year 1: 20mil 14mil guaranteed
      2yr Team Option: 20mil guaranteed
      3yr Team Option: 30mil 20mil guaranteed
      Total: 3yrs/70mil 54mil guaranteed

      Year to year performance contract. If he plays well the team piccs his follow year contract. If he makes it to year three pay raise and renegotiate for a lucrative long term contract. If not he’s a free agent. Like a franchise tag without the crazy salary.

      Probably could shave some millions off of Suh and Nassib. I want them both as Bucs but I wouldn’t be against redirecting some of that money to free agency

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      • $20 mil with team options would be nice, but the market for Winston might be more than solid. Cincinnati, Tennessee, Oakland, Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, LA Chargers, and New England could all be in the market for a QB at the beginning of 2020.

        Brees, Brady, Rivers, and Rothlisberger are all free agents but could play another year. Some of them might retire. Prescott is rumored to be looking for $35-$40/yr. and Jerry Jones will pay it. Bridgewater seems likely replacement for Brees if he does retire and will command upper tier money. Tannehill has done a good job in Tennessee and may get the kind of deal you’re talking about.

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        • Cindy and Miami will draft a QB. So if they did want him it they would probably shoot low. Probably up to 10mil less than your orginal est number.
          He could go to NE if Brady leaves/retired. That organization gives opportunities to players most wouldn’t take a 2 look at.
          Besides staying hear, do you think he could get another look to be a franchise QB. Change of scenery giving him a fresh start. Or be a bridge/journeyman QB taking 1-2yr deals and starting 6-16gms until that organization’s hand picced guy is ready. Testaverde, Fitzpatrick, Flutie.
          ATL’s problem is the same one this team had last year. Dirk Keotter
          I remember Rivers making a fuss moving from SD to LA. Don’t this man have 9 kids!!
          Outside of TB beat writers and the fans, he is viewed in a negative way from his past and on-field production. I think there’s going to be good middle between both parties. But then again it’s up to BA if he wants to continue coaching him.
          That’s a lot depth to replace on a woefully thin team. How would this team look if the injury bug hit hard this year.

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          • If Winston went somewhere with a solid Oline and wasn’t running for his life every play and not traumatized by it on plays he actually has protection from the revolving doors at Tackle, he would be another success story after the Bucs. Someone like Prescott in Dallas is just a good 4th round QB, but is about to be one of the highest paid QBs only because of his Oline. If Prescott or anyone else was here they wouldn’t have half the yards or TDs that Winston has gotten. Problem is that we won’t know till the line improves which does make it hard to commit to a contract with him.

            This Draft needs to be 75% Olineman. A Veteran Presence in the Secondary, even if it’s just a backup, and Oline in the Draft, that’s what this offseason needs to be. And I am all good with us winning out and finishing 9-7 even though that gives us a mid-round pick because if that happens then it will means both sides of the ball have finally gotten the hang of these schemes and 2020 will finally be trending up.

            Dean and Bunting and Edwards are only getting better and we have 2 of the best receivers in the league, Jones has proven solid, we just some damn OTackles!

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      • I agree with a lot of your points, but your spelling makes me crabby.

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    • I wish we could keep Ryan Smith just for his special teams play.

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  2. Doesn’t seem that difficult: Get rid of everyone on that list except the pass rushers and maybe Suh for a 2-year. If they want to stay, coupled with the savings in taxes they get in Florida, they probably wont require top-tier contracts.

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  3. Just read the first few paragraphs and had to comment. Come on now Mr. Reynolds. You can’t keep gassing this GM up like this. “finally found a gem of a kicker in fifth-round pick Matt Gay” Come on man. Since when was a fifth round kiccer a gem. A kiccer man. I know, I know with the team kiccing woes since the GM’s appointment this must feel godsend. The team used and spent countless resources but please don’t use your despair to mislead us. Because you know like the good family of PR who comment know, That is not a gem. Unless you’ve been waiting for someone to pop the question and you finally got your engagement ring hahaha……

    He has assembled this cast within the last 1 1/2yrs starting with the JPP trade and the 2018 draft. Can’t forget about the years before that. If you reach for the ground, grab a handful of gravel and chucc ’em at a object. One of them roccs is gonna hit it. There’s good and bad in everything we do in life, it’s the ratio percentage that’s gets scrutinized.

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  4. Ever since our 1st championship, and losing a great defense..we have continually gone down hill. You would have thought..some smart person(s) within the Buc organization would have figured out what our calling card was..what got us there. Yet, we ventured into the..gotta have a dynamic Offense territory and have not seen many winning seasons. I would fortify this defense and make it great like it once was. I still have minimum confidence in Licht. He will find a way to screw thing up. He always does.

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  5. I love the culture change that this coaching staff is creating with accountabilty and honesty. Moving on from McCoy, D.Jax, Alexander, Humphries, Spence, VHIII, Benenoch, Santos, and Anger was precisely what was needed.

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    • In related news Bucs fans:

      Coach Killa GMC has bagged another one!

      RIP “Riverboat” Ron Rivera!

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  6. That actually seems like a solid plan BucSombrero. I’d definitely draft 2 tackles this year. 1 early, 1 later. Let Donovan compete for his spot. We need another running back. But there has to be a way to find a to get a quality veteran the team can learn from. It’s just gotta be a thing.

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  7. I think bringing back the same group of players and expecting things to magically get better is nonsense. We won 5 games in each of the last two years, and we’re looking at not much better than that this year too. Why are 33+ year old linemen supposedly going to be better as 34+ year old linemen…what evidence is there of that happening?

    We need a CB1. That should be a priority in Free Agency. As Trevor wrote a few weeks back, once you have a CB1, then Dean/Davis/SMB can all be placed in better positions to succeed too. I agree with him.

    We need to improve the Oline. Dotson is done. D Smith is the worst starting LT in the league. Jensen is average at best. Cappa has shown signs but also been beaten regularly. We need to draft a Tackle to play RT in 2020, and move to LT in 2021 when we can cut Smith (and his over-sized salary) finally. That’s our 1st rounder used up. And we need some reasonable depth (or ideally better) at OG/C from either the draft or FA too.

    We can’t expect RoJo to be our only RB for an entire season (who’s going to play if he gets hurt…some 4th round rookie?)….and Oggy has been very underwhelming as our third down back. We need two new RBs in the mix that can actually reasonably see the field in 2020.

    Perriman has to go (he has not played anywhere near his salary), but Miller hasn’t proven he can be the guy either. We need a new WR3 that doesn’t cost a fortune to at least push Miller.

    Spending all of our cap space (as some are suggesting) on just bringing back the same guys plus a rookie or two…I don’t get that – our team is not winning consistently, and rarely winning against good teams at all (AZ and JAX are not good teams). Yes re-sign Barrett (he’s young and good), and I think Winston deserves to come back and at least play behind an average OLine, but we need some new pieces too….and they’re going to cost some portion of our cap.

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    • Exactly… should bring in some new players with some judicious spending. A lot of these guys can be improved upon, so why concern yourself with bringing them back? We’ll just remain the same lackluster team we are now.

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  8. Replace “False Start” D.D.

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  9. Another great Fab 5 article, Scott.   You supplied good information and great analysis.  This is one of the main things  we as fans need.   Keep up the good work!

    Fab 3  kind of gave us a feel from the player’s viewpoint. That’s great too.

    In BA we trust.
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    Go Bucs!!!

    P.S. It is great to see so many reports about guys wanting to stay here.  This is another significant part of the equation for culture change that the right coaching staff also brings.  The bottom line of course is to have it show up in wins … meaning lots of wins!  

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  10. I love it that we have our long illusive pass rusher, however I would like to see him do it 2 years in a row before I pay him the big Bucks. He averaged around 5 !/2 sacks per game for his first 4 years in Denver as a rotational LB. I would Franchise him ($16 to $19 mil) We all know what Winston can do and will do so the idea of a prove it year is sort of redundant. Pay him or let him walk. My view is try to keep our Defense in tact and focus on Oline and RB in Draft.

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    • He was Von Miller’s backup. How the hell do you expect him to get more than a few sacks per year in a backup role to a Pro Bowler?

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  11. Good article Scott.
    I’ll save my comments after the next four games because I’ll have my answers then.
    Go Bucs!

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  12. For me, Barrett and JPP should be our top priority. I don’t know what kind of money Nassib is looking for, but I just feel like we could go without him. If we could keep him for a fair price, then sure. Would also like to see Suh come back if possible.

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    • Exactly what I have been thinking to myself. Amen to that!

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  13. Agree with Scott 100 percent.

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  14. BigSombrero! Amazing work with that comment! Perfectly done!
    On another note, Scott can we get an update on Justin Evans and maybe Beckwith? (I assume Beckwith is done but very curious on Evans)

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  15. so why do fans think Mr. Licht is a good gm ? the nfl doesn’t think so but buc fans settle for bottom feeders because of the years of losing ,i’m guessing .

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  16. I was happy to learn about the Bucs work in support of CMV research. My daughter contracted CMV from her cheating ex-husband and passed it on to my grandson while in the womb. It resulted in ventriculomegaly, which is enlarged ventricles in the unborn child’s developing brain. My grandson was very fortunate that the ventricles decreased to a normal size prior to birth, and he seems to be healthy and normal, but we won’t know for sure until he’s at least a year old. He may need shunts for draining excess fluid in his brain next year depending upon what the specialists diagnose. Too many other children are not as fortunate, as Scott indicated, and hopefully the funds and awareness generated by this Buccaneer charity will lead to a CMV cure.

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  17. A veteran DB in the room*. To correct my comment from earlier. That’s why I think either gholston or brate could be on the way out. To try and secure one.

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  18. You people who think Belichick would want Jameis are on crack! Yeah he wants to go from Einstein at QB, to Frankenstein at QB! We have to sign Barrett to a long term deal. You want to keep Nassib, over JPP, because of his age upside, and he is a leader who will show up for OTA’s. I want another year of Suh, have to have him back. Jpp should be the odd man out, and we should draft a D end, and D tackle. Winston owes this organization, and should do a team friendly deal. If not, let him test the waters, don’t over pay, let the market set his price. We should draft a QB somewhere regardless. No excuse for not cutting Grimes last year. You say Licht was backed into a corner, and had no choice but to keep Grimes. I say a man always has a choice.

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  19. It just occurred to me – Bust Licht spent a second round pick in Minter. He’s 29 now and has basically been a journeyman player who has been making no more than $2-4 mill a year.

    In other words yet another second round whiff by Bust Licht, what appears to be a well practiced move dating back to at least 2013. Keep the guy out of the draft room!

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  20. I wouldn’t consider Minter a whiff. as a second round pick in Arizona he was a good starter and his career didn’t start to go downhill until he left to go to Cincy, a move he admits he shouldn’t have made. Some LB’s, like Mincy and our own Mason Foster, are better players in a 3-4 than a 4-3.
    The much could be said for Carl Nassib. The Browns used him as a DE in a 3-4 and he floundered. When he came here to play in a 4-3, his career took off. When moving to a 3-4, Bowles saw him more as a OLB than a DE.
    Smart guy, give him credit.
    I hope if Barrett gets close to Sapps single season sack record he will have the graciousness to be on the field ready to congratulate him. It would do wonders for his reputation around here.
    I don’t see Suh in uniform here next year and certainly not at last years salary. I’m still glad he is here rather than McCoy, but I don’t think he’s worth the money he is being paid.
    Hargreaves looked good against the Patriots last week but then he was getting double coverage on Edelman most of the night.
    As soon as that dropped Edelman burnt him for a TD with Hargreaves in his usual trailing position. Glad the malinger is gone

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  21. I’ll grant you that whiff was maybe too strong. But Minter has had just two high performing years, 2015 and 2016, out of seven. Definitely not the production you’d hope for and expect when you draft someone in the second round. So I’d still suggest it’s another debit entry to Licht’s long history of 2nd/3rd round carnage.

    That said and again in fairness, while Licht was clearly in a position of high influence as VP/director of player personnel for AZ at the time, someone else was actually pulling the trigger (though the fact he brought Minter to the Bucs also suggests he is/was a believer).

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