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Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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    Hey guys- really good stuff. I think we need to bring martin back even if we have to over pay. I say we front load a deal and pay him. Really great observation on the draft. I will say, I think we need some help on offense as well. In my mind needs in order are D-ends,CB, slot receiver, OT. I don’t think we have enough speed on offense and believe we need a REALLY quick guy there. I’m hoping it’s Bell,but his drops last year make me doubt he’s the guy. I think we need to sign/draft 2 d-ends. We must get a pass rush going.

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    Enjoyed it. I am incline not to overpay Doug. If he is smart he might want to take less as the years go by so he’s not a big salary hit. 1st year 6 mil; 2nd year 5.5 mil; 3rd year 5,0 mil; 4th year 4.5 mil, 5th year 4.0; guarantee 15 mil in first 3 years.

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    It would hurt to watch Martin have success with the Cowboys or Raiders if the price tag was within reason at $6.5 mil/year for 4 years when that is absolutely affordable for the Bucs at this point. He’s part of the solution, not part of the problem. Lock him up.

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    I hear you refer, specifically with regard to Buckner, about his fit in their scheme… None of us know what the scheme will be. This is not going to be the Lovie Smith defense. And not every 4-3 depends on lightweight track-stars as outside pass-rushers. I wouldn’t disregard the possibility of Buckner just because he’s not quite as quicktwitch as some others. True, they need a force off the edge, but they also just need tough football players.

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    Deacon Blues

    You guys need some cash to buy another microphone?

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      Was thinking the same thing. Certainly they could afford a few clip-on mics.

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    Good stuff all around guys.

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    Wonder if Martin’s agent would accept an incentive laden contract? Perform them get paid.

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    It might interest some of you guys to know that Demarco Murray also suffered injury problems in his first 3 years and still he was able to sign for $8 million with the Eagles.
    There will be some team out there who will gladly pay Martin at least $7 million to play for them.
    To lose Martin over $500K or a million a year when the Bucs have a boatload of cash to spend and by league rule will have to spend it this year, is just stupid.
    By league rule, that means if the Bucs are say $6 million under the league minimum, they have to spread that money out to the remainer of the players on the roster.
    So would you rather give that money to Martin, or spread it out around to less deserving players like Evan Smith, Bruce Carter, Dontae Dye, Major Wright, etc.
    The Bucs have stated they are set to run a 4-3 scheme. As such, they will rely on the front four applying the primary pressure on the QB.
    I can’t think of one 4-3 scheme that drafts LB’s to use as primary rushers.

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      Drdneast; Philly was the only team to offer Murray that kind of money. You do make some good other points though.

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    Mark Cook

    We should have the mic issue solved for our post-combine edition.

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    I really hope they can make it work with Martin. For sure worth 5 million or so. If some fool wants pay him 8 million then so be it. No RB is worth that IMO.

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    fredster, Martin was due to make 5.5 million this year when he signed his original contract 4 years ago.
    I’m glad you aren’t signing checks at One Buc Place.
    If you guys want a playoff contender you have to pay the price and quit bargain shopping at Wal Mart.

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      2 years good…2 years hurt. It’s a gamble for sure but just can’t see 8 mil a year for Martin. Maybe pay him a big signing bonus and big first year contract then drop down in price each succeeding year. Something they can get out of if he reverts to being hurt most of the year.

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    drdneast; have you ever owner your own business with at least several employees? I paid all my employees way beyond the normal market rates because they were consistent producers and hard workers who worked a minium of 50 hours a week. Every year I had a budget and I adhered to it. The goal was to stay under the budget. You seem to forget that the Glazers did purchase the Bucs for hundreds of millions and their operating expenses are huge. They have a right in a free enterprise system to take more if they so choose to do.

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    Enjoyed the discussion guys.

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    Horse, I have not owned my own company but I have quit a few who tried to pay me to little for my services so I know a little bit about the free enterprise system.
    I’m not sure what business you are in where you require your workers to put in 50 hours a week but unless they are all managers, they are supposed to be making time and a half after 40 hours.
    The Bucs, like every other team in the NFL, has a salary cap. The Bucs have been under it for years, even after paying out salaries for players who aren’t even with the team anymore.
    Reread my post, this year the team has to hit a minimum level of the salary cap or that excess money goes to the rest of the players on the roster.
    Yes, their operating expenses are huge, but their isn’t an NFL owners who isn’t raking in reams of money.
    How do I know this?
    During the last CBA, the players challenged the owners to open their books and they would revise their demands.
    The owners refused to do so which is why a league minimum and fluctuating salary cap was instituted as a compromise.
    Please, don’t expect me to cry financial tears for any NFL owner.
    I am willing to bet you if you had a worker who was twice as valuable to you as the rest of your workers you would pay him much more than the others.
    If you didn’t, you would be a fool.

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    An employer paying a salary that meets or even slightly exceeds high production usually is successful. Turnover is costly. Pay is not a long term motivation. A feeling of appreciation counts too.

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      scubog; exactly. My employees averaged 5o hours a week and they had flex time. Anything that kept us under budget they also got a piece of that pie besides me. Atmosphere,feeling like you are part of a family,allocates for during something than the norm, are all part of a happy environment. There is no need to overpay Martin. I don’t want him to leave, but if I’m GM I am not going to help increase the norm pay for a RB who hasn’t proven he can stay healthy. I’d rather pay that additional money for another road grader. Mankins, Cherilus, Dotson,aren’t getting any younger.

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    Cowboys used the same rational last year and came away with a 4-12 record. Penny wise and pound foolish.
    Horse, I really doubt the veracity of your statements.
    An employers with flex time and profit sharing is an anomaly in the state of Florida.
    Add to that is your harping on about your 50 hour work weeks.
    The two just don’t add up.
    What type of business are you in, anyway.
    BTW, why not hire one or two more employees and cut that work week back to 40 hours a week. Numerous studies say workers production increases when they are fresh and not overworked.
    Please don’try to sell me on the idea they “want” to work 50 hours a week, either

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      You should stick to football conversation.

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      I owned a residential property management company and flex hours were the norm. I paid bonus money for bringing in new business because word of mouth is the best advertising tool; resigning up existing tenants with new leases when the old ones expired; and promptly responding to tenant requests for repairs and coordinating those repairs. I always told the owners what they needed to here, not what they wanted to hear. I suggest you pull back drdneast because I had a very successful company. I believed in sharing the fruits of labor with my employees. Prior to that business I worked 20 years at a very large local Aerospace Company; I got bored and decidided to do something else. Even at that job I worked 50-60 hours a week as a standard. Baby Boomers inherited the work ethics of the greatest generation; too bad the following generations didn’t, thus I can understand your disbelief in hard work.

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    Lot of food for thought here. People one reason and maybe the best reason the Eagles paid Murry so much was to get from the cowboys who they play 2x a year. They did not seem to even want to use him.
    Keep Martin there’s a deal that could make all party’s happy.A good employee is worth more than someone who just wants a ck.Do not let Martin test free agency because it will not be free. Some team will pay him stupid money.Count on it.

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    As Mark Cook said, the Raiders are $70 mill under the salary cap and they need a running back.
    Inspeco, u make a very valid point.
    Martin didn’t put himself in this very enviable position, the Bucs did when they didn’t pick up his fifth year option.
    Four years ago a RB like Martin for $5.5 million probably seemed way to much but now everyone thinks $6 or $6.5 million is “fair.”

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    If he was running behind a stellar O-line, I’d say Doug isn’t really worth it. However, seeing as how a large chunk of his yardage was a result of his individual ability, I’d say he’s worth the 6-7mil.

    Sure, he’s been effective only 50% of his time here, but I’d put more weight on his most recent performance than the 2 previous years.

    Injuries happen and the more we depend on him, the more likely he is to get injured. For that reason, we should offer a contract with incentives so the more time he spends on the field and more efeective he is, the more he makes.

    I can’t see letting such an important piece of our offense walk away. While there may be capable replacements available, I don’t see a match on the market

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