FAB 5. SR’s Buc Shots

• One last thing about former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. The Bucs loved Hunt when he was a draft prospect at Toledo. Tampa Bay scouts met with him at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine and had Hunt in for a pre-draft visit. The Bucs’ brass agonized over whether to choose Hunt or wide receiver Chris Godwin in the third round as the team had second-round grades on both players.

Tampa Bay ultimately went with Godwin, in part because the Bucs still had running back Doug Martin under contract. Although Godwin has been quite productive and will have a great career here as he continues to develop, the Bucs had to watch Hunt explode onto the NFL season as a rookie where he rushed for 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns, while catching 53 passes for 455 yards and three more scores. That earned him NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, as well as a Pro Bowl berth.

Former Toledo RB Kareem Hunt - Photo by: Getty Images
Former Toledo RB Kareem Hunt – Photo by: Getty Images

To be able to land Godwin in the draft and Hunt in free agency after his release from Kansas City would be a coup for Tampa Bay’s offense. Hunt, who was released after assaulting a woman in Cleveland last year and then lying to the Chiefs about it, is paying dearly for his mistake. Not only did he lose his job, he’ll lose the chance for endorsement deals and lose any endorsements he might have had from his breakout rookie year. Hunt will face an NFL suspension that will likely be at least six games.

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended six games by the league over allegations of domestic violence even though there was no video evidence, no criminal charges and no civil suit.

As a third-round draft pick, Hunt’s base salary this season was $575,250, and he’s made under $2 million in his NFL career thus far, as his signing bonus was $775,952. Knowing that Hunt’s income puts him in one of the highest tax bracket, Uncle Sam has taken about half of his money, so he’s made less than $1 million since entering the league in 2017.

Hunt’s looming suspension will prevent him from making money as an NFL player anytime soon because players aren’t paid during suspensions, and the guess here is that he could face a civil lawsuit from the 19-year old woman that will continue to punish him financially.

Yes, Hunt will continue to face consequences over his actions, and deservedly so.

But what about Hunt’s forgiveness? Where will that occur?

For Elliott, that happened in Dallas as the organization stuck with him.

For a player like former Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick, who was jailed on federal charges of dog fighting, that happened in Philadelphia where he was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year as a Pro Bowl quarterback two years after being released by the Falcons.

At age 23, Hunt is young and talented enough to have a similar successful NFL comeback somewhere.

• One of the most fascinating assistant coaching hires by head coach Bruce Arians is offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, who coached quarterbacks in Arizona under Arians in 2017 and stayed on with Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks in the same capacity last year. Leftwich, who was a quarterback under Arians in Pittsburgh, has a bright mind and was promoted to the offensive coordinator role midseason when Mike McCoy was relieved of those duties in Arizona last year.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Leftwich’s interest in coaching and how Arians helped cultivate that.

• BUCCO BRUCE is here! That’s what we decided to call Episode 102 of the Pewter Nation Podcast, which was taped on Wednesday. Mark Cook, Trevor Sikkema and yours truly analyzes the Bucs’ hiring of new head coach Bruce Arians and his staff, including new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. This is a MUST-LISTEN podcast. Click here to hear Pewter Nation Podcast Episode 102: Bucco Bruce.

If you didn’t listen to Pewter Nation Podcast Episode 101: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, you really missed out! It starts off with prank on Sikkema where Cook almost gets fired before going hardcore into the firing of head coach Dirk Koetter and Jason Licht’s future with the Buccaneers. Lots of great Bucs discussion in this one, which has become one of the most listened-to Pewter Nation Podcasts of all time. Be sure to listen to Pewter Nation Podcast Episode 101: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes by clicking here.

Pewter-Nation-Podcast-Pewter-ReportThere is no better time to listen to a new Pewter Nation Podcast than on your drive home from work on Friday or running around doing errands or at the gym on Saturday. The next Pewter Nation Podcast will be taped Friday afternoon following the Bowles press conference, so make sure you listen to Episodes 101, 102 and the new episode – 103 – this weekend.

The popularity of the Pewter Nation Podcast continues to grow. In addition to listening to the Pewter Nation Podcasts on PewterReport.com you can also subscribe to the free podcasts at PodBean by clicking here and on SoundCloud by clicking here. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode.

And if you want to watch the opening of the Pewter Nation Podcast Episode 101: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes that features the prank – and a great cameo by The Athletic’s Greg Auman – view it below.

• I just put up some breaking news before publishing this SR’s Fab 5, writing how the Bucs added Todd McNair as the running backs coach and how Tampa Bay is also pursuing cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross. Click here to read that story.

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• New Bucs head coach Bruce Arians will have a profound impact on quarterback Jameis Winston, who is entering his fifth-year option season with the team. It’s interesting to note that it was Arians who put Winston on Licht’s radar back in 2013 when the two were together in Arizona and Winston was winning a Heisman Trophy and a national championship at Florida State as a redshirt freshman. Yes, Licht began scouting Winston at Arians’ behest back in Arizona two years before he made the Seminoles star the Bucs’ first-round pick in 2015.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston and Bruce Arians
Bucs QB Jameis Winston and Bruce Arians – Photo by: Getty Images

“His passion is working with young quarterbacks – not just as players, but as people,” Licht said about Arians. “He’s always been a huge fan of Jameis even when I was at Arizona with him and he was at Florida State. He would talk about Jameis Winston a lot. His passion for Jameis and his feeling for Jameis is for real.”

Arians said he won’t coach Winston to play scared.

“No risk-it, no biscuit – it’s being smart, not scared,” Arians said. “Play smart, don’t play scared. one [interception], you’re not going to win throwing three. We’ve got to protect the football. I think Byron Leftwich and Clyde Christensen are going to do a great job with him fundamentally and mentally. He’s going to be extremely well coached. I don’t ever want him to throw a football worrying about it getting intercepted.”

• And finally, this from Bucs general manager Jason Licht about new head coach Bruce Arians: “Bruce lives by “no risk-it, no biscuit” – take some chances. I think we’re going to get a biscuit.”

I think Licht is right.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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Alldaway 2.0

Arians more in involved with the draft? Love it.

Two practices going for vets and youth? Love it.

Cutting the cancerous players from this team? Love it.

Finally a coaching staff that will develop, train and let the players play to their strengths. We are very lucky as Bucs fans.

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Buc stops here

Kareem Hunt? Sure they could sign him, but I would hesitate before I did if I was in their position. Why? Because his family is a bunch of criminals – and he is going down the same path. The Bucs are already giving Winston a third chance, how many chances does Hunt now get? What is this saying to the women who are getting attacked? Is the “Metoo” movement exempt in the NFL? Hunt’s father, also named Kareem Hunt, has been arrested at least 35 times in northeast Ohio and multiple times on charges of domestic violence. Most of the… Read more »

Ivan Figueroa

grow up

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Buc stops here

Grow up? Are you kidding me? I am presenting the other side of the story. Don’t like it, give me a thumbs down. Nothing I wrote is not the truth about the extended family – or him. Image is part of the NFL.

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Devasher

Wonderful post @bucstopshere5 the information you’ve posted is exactly what any franchise in the NFL would pay an investigator to find out. To the people who downvoted that post I’d love to hear your explanation why a background check on a player and word of caution is something you disagree with. To some knowledge is power, to others ignorance is bliss.

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cgmaster27

That’s a an good bit of research there bucstops! I didnt know he came from a family with such trouble. I hate to put the sins of the father on the sun, but hunt has also done some bad things. Do I believe the bucs should pick him up? I do if its vented and he signs a contract with a ton of offset lagnuage. Again ,it is vision thing to as to how this looks to the public, but we shall see. Again a great bit of research sir Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please… Read more »

76Buc

I believe in second chances. I’ve had them. Guys can get away from the home boys back in the hood or wherever, but it’s hard to run away from your family.
That said, it can be done.

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Buc stops here

I should not get all the credit. It was originally posted online, I believe on USA Today on research everything his family has gone through. Thank you devasher, cgmaster27. It is eye opening.

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Bucsfan1983

I like that you have McCoy in your 3-4 lineup. I think he should return on a restructured contract. He deserves to be on a Bucs playoff team. I think he along with Vea and Nassib, could be the 3 down lineman. I also like the 4 LBs you have, JPP, Kwon, David and Beckwith. I’d like to see the Honey Badger start opposite of Evans. He signed a 1 year deal with Houston last March. A reunion with BA would be great. I’m also open to the Hunt idea, I thought about it the minute he was released. And… Read more »

Bucco63

I’m on the fence with Hunt. I like Winston and believe he is a better and different man than he was, but unfortunately I don’t think the Bucs can handle the PR of including Hunt with Winston already on the roster. If Jameis didn’t have that history, I think it could be sold better as a second chance. No doubt we could use his talent. As an Oklahoma State alum I do feel I need to clarify and defend the mention of Tyreek Hill while there. OSU did the right thing and cut him immediately when this occurred. It was… Read more »

Buc76

Are you out of your mind? Obviously you know nothing about politics and business. Do you think for a minute Darcie Glazer would allow that? Did you not see her in the picture taken with Arians and the family? Yea that’s a good idea, let’s alienate all the women fans. Dude you are not a businessman. You never will be if you come up with crap like this. On video is another Ray Rice. He will never play football again. What a dumb comment. Stick to what you know. Xs and Os and nothing else Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

MichaelMyersIsABucsFan

Buc76 Hunt will be in the NFL again. Ray Rice was already on his downward slide. If and that’s a big If Hunt is getting the help he needs and shows it in the community he will be fine and I would like to have him in Tampa.

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Lamb Chop

I think Brent Grimes is a turd after his podcast revelations. But, to say that Licht made a mistake signing him in the first place is a bigger load of turd. I call BS on that. The way Grimes played for the Bucs in the first few years was a breath of fresh air. There wasn’t a corner since Ronde and BK that opposing QBs had to fear until Brent put the pewter and red on. He literally locked down one side of the field. You can crap on him for this past season and his comments, but to play… Read more »

EastEndBoy

Kareem Hunt – all I’ll say about your analysis is that you should not compare violence against anyone to smoking marijuana. One is, always has been and always will be both illegal and unacceptable in every corner of society….the other is now legal (to varying extents) in 33 States plus DC. On the projected DLine…that’s roughly $15 million of cap space used for back-up linemen. Yes, backups are necessary – but $15m is a lot for a team that will be seeking some cap space. Finally, I couldn’t agree more with your comments of good riddance to Jackson and Grimes… Read more »

Devasher

Kareem Hunt is an incredible talent at the RB position, and as much as anyone here can see that, so could the Chiefs who of all teams were in the midst of a playoff and potential Super Bowl run when they cut him for repeatedly punching and attacking people. To have a player of Hunt’s ability at RB would be incredible for this team and chance how the offense is played and how opposing defenses scheme against the Bucs. But the team still must do their diligence on Hunt and his character before they signed him. It wasn’t a good… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB

THE excuse Giants have for trading JPP was he does not work in 3 -4 defence Now Bucs have 3-4 where does that leave J P P ?

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GrayBalls

Bob, shut up already, man. Maybe read what Bowles and Arians are saying. Wait…… I realize now that I have contradicted myself. I told you to shut up AND to read. My bad, dude. Go on your little rants, I’m sure someone will be along shortly to put the straw in your Capri Sun and adjust your helmet for you. Oh, word of advice for everyone out there, DO NOT smell FUC-ASS-BOB’s finger

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Buc stops here

This is interesting – a poll was taken of NFL players of the most overrrated NFL QB. Number 1 was Kurt Cousins. He was followed by (in order): Eli Manning was the second-most overrated, while Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady, Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, Dak Prescott, Jameis Winston and Sam Bradford had multiple votes as well.

So Winston was 10th most overrated with Sam Bradford #11. They were all the QBs mentioned. Just interesting.

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Devasher

Eli Manning will go into the Hall of Fame purely due to his 2 Super Bowl runs. While you have to respect the two championships against the Patriots, Eli has been anywhere from average to below average for his entire career. I generally agree with most of the players listed as overrated except for Brady and to a lesser extent Ryan. Flacco had the one super bowl, Stafford has been on losing teams for most of his career and padded his stats, Carr peaked early and has come back to earth, Dalton is Dalton, Prescott gets a ton of help… Read more »

Lamb Chop

Tom Brady overrated? I find that a bit hard to swallow unless people think he’s a product of the system. But still, you can have a system, but if you can’t deliver then you can sink that system in a heart beat. I’m a huge Joe Montana fan, but with the number of trips to the SB that Tom has had, Tom will always be in the discussion of greatest QB to play the game for a very long time. He just needs to retire before he tarnishes his image. Learn from Brett Favre. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00… Read more »

76Buc

Yep, ever good QB is a product of his system.

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damian_thompson

I had a similar thought about Hunt & Arians but was reminded by someone that Mrs. Arians is VERY involved in charities focused on abuse and violence towards women & children. Would highly doubt signing Kareem would get her approval.

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surferdudes

I’m all for giving Hunt a second chance in Tampa. Where I would disagree is just signing him to a one year deal. He’ll be suspended maybe for half that time, so a cheap three year deal with no guaranteed money, and a clause where we can cut him if he gets in trouble again. Scott I have to disagree with you on our defensive personal fitting a 3- 4. I think David can play in it, but he’s at the end of his career, and has a high cap value. He also seems to get nicked up, and miss… Read more »

GrayBalls

“He only had one decent rookie year”…… One rookie year? What happened to his second rookie year?

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surferdudes

Defensive options: Henry Anderson RDE age 28 Jets, Sheldon Richardson RDT age 28 Jets, Deone Bucannon ILB age 27 AZ, Avery Williamson ILB age 26 Jets, Neville Hewitt ILB age 25 Jets, Jeremiah Atlaochu OLB age 28 Jets, Markus Golden OLB age 28 AZ, Brandon Copeland OLB 27 Jets, Morris Claiborne CB age 27 Jets, Buster Skrine CB age 30 Jets. I know Buc fans fall in love with their own, I don’t always get it, but you do. Expect some of these players to be suiting up for the Bucs this year, and expect some of your old lovers… Read more »

76Buc

R u n buc-ass related?

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EricNV

G McCoy is probably gone due to cap considerations. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Curry was gone. If we can get to at least $70 million under the cap, I can see a few of those players you listed being signed. A lot is going to depend upon how Hargreaves and Alexander bounce back from their season-ending injuries. I think Hargreaves showed vast improvement in the opener against NO in September, and I would expect that improvement to carry over given complete recovery. Alexander’s as tough as they come, so I’m expecting him, God-willing, to be out there in… Read more »

matador

GMC has only experienced losing. I’d offer him a two year deal that would pay as much in total as his deal for next year, with the carrot being a chance to play in the playoffs.

We don’t have a ton of experienced professionals on the roster. Those are needed as example setters in the Arians Era Of Accountability. Let GMC decide, if he wants to go elsewhere so be it.

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BucWild02

Fab 1/5: Kareem Hunt is a solid RB who deserves a second chance, but I’m not sure a party city like Tampa is a good fit. I won’t argue his production or counter system vs player by extrapolating D. Williams production in KC in Hunt/Ware’s absence. His family concerns documented above by “Buc Stops Here” are also eye opening. Fab 2: Defense is transitioning to a 3-4? But is it? It seems clear that they’re gonna be in nickle 70% of the time. That wasn’t the only commitment by BA. He said they will attack to the players strengths. Balt… Read more »

drdneast

So whar you are saying BucStopsHere is criminality is inherited and passed along in your genes and DNA just like diabetes or ALS. Scientists, all over the world. are laughing hysterically at you along with me. Look up and see what one of the biggest criminals in the history of the United States history, Jessie James’ son became when he grew up. You undoubtedly took a science class with Donnie Trump. Not only is your line of thinking moronic, it is also unAmerican. In this country, sir, you are born with a clean slate and you aren’t judged by your… Read more »

76Buc

Not DNA; environmental. PC bs.

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chetthevette

Drdneast. It’s tough being a lefty liberal these days. I’m with you all the way with your prognosis about how we are born fresh as babes in the woods. Unfortunately that is where your statement falters. Of course it matters who your parents are. Try getting a fair shake being born with dark skin. It’s a crapshoot just to get by let alone thrive. Take it from me, and I’m the whitest guy you will ever meet, I get sun burned shopping at Wal-mart. I wish Kareem all the best, but he’ll be better off somewhere other than Tampa. Just… Read more »

chefboho

So much to like about all this. Hopefully it’s more than hearsay this time. My favorites are the two practice fields for vets and rookies. I’ve also complained so many times with former regimes because they take players who are gifted at a position and then move them somewhere else. It’s drove me crazy for years stunting growth I believe. Especially when a clown like Warhop is supposedly training your rookies in new positions they never played in college. I’m extremely excited for the upcoming year. On the Kareem hunt topic, this one is a tough call for me so… Read more »

EricNV

If Hunt keeps his nose clean in Tampa, all will be forgiven. He’s too talented a RB to not seriously consider adding to this roster.

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JJ

Good riddens LOUDMOUTH Miko and you’re dumbass husband, who made a fool of himself his last days here and no doubt because of you.

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76Buc

I wonder how long she’ll hang with without the $millions coming in?

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EricNV

“Arians demands that players play hard every down and plans on holding them accountable. ”

You hear that Donovan Smith? You’re going to play hard EVERY down or face the music.

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drdneast

76Buc, than you and I agree. Criminality has nothing to do with your heredity but as you said, is much more environmental. If you grow up and around criminals, it is much more likely you will be a criminal. If you look at what Hunt obviously grew up around, it speaks volumes about his character that he didn’t follow the same path. I also agree with you about Miko. As soon as the money stops rolling in, Miko will roll out of her marriage with Grimes. She has all the characteristics of a credit card diva. I loved the video… Read more »

plopes808

Finally got to watch the Arians presser and I’m even more excited now! I haven’t been this excited since we signed DJax…hopefully this will yield better results and I think it will. Change has to come from the top and from what I’m seeing and Arians is saying, it’s coming! The Hunt issue is a sensitive one but I could get onboard with a low-risk prove it deal. We all know his stock is as low as it will probably get at the moment so if we strike, we should strike now. This will save another draft pick and give… Read more »

SaskBucs

I was more on board with bringing in Hunt before I watched his ESPN interview. I assume the one linked is from over a month ago, the first (maybe only) one he did. I really didnt think it helped him out. It seemed as though his agents gave him 4 things to say and he stuck to the script. It didn’t seem genuine or particularly honest. He is already fired at that point, why not speak honestly about that night and apologize. “It was late, I had been drinking which was stupid to begin with and this girl got my… Read more »

matador

Buc stops here post is the type of article SR should have written. Talk about tone deaf.

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