I don’t how this guy still has a job. He had Jimmy Clausen as the 4th best player in the draft. Clausen is far from the 4th best player in the draft, he’s lucky to be the 100th best player in the draft. Everytime I turned on ESPN to watch draft coverage I felt like I was being preached to by one of my wife’s 3rd grade students. I just want to rip out his stupid Donald Trump like fro. My favorite quote about Kiper is when Bill Tobin who is the former Colts Director of Football Operations said “Who in the hell is Mel Kiper, anyway? To my knowledge, he’s never put on a jockstrap, he’s never been a player, and all of a sudden he’s an expert. He’s never been a scout. He’s never been an administrator. Mel has no more credibility to do what he’s doing than my neighbor. And my neighbor is a postman who doesn’t even have season tickets.” Tobin said this after Kiper criticized the Colts in 1994 for drafting LB Trev Alberts instead of QB Trent Dilfer, stating Dilfer was a franchise quarterback and that the Colts had become the laughing stock of the NFL year in and year out. Part of that is true but we as Buc fans know that Dilfer was not a franchise quarterback.
This past Thursday following the Broncos selection of Florida QB Tim Tebow, Kiper immediately stated his case that he firmly believes the Broncos drafted Tebow to be used as a package player and H-Back. Those of you who know me, know that I’m a Gator fan and big Tebow supporter. I want nothing more than to see him succeed. But I’m sorry Mel you are a f***ing idiot. Tim Tebow will never play H-Back in the NFL. He’s a god damn QB end of story. That’s the position he was drafted to play.
Here’s a story posted by ESPN that quotes Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels stating that Tebow was drafted to compete as a quarterback and that’s all he’s going to do.
We are now exactly one week from the start of the NFL Draft and I remain convinced that the Buccaneers will NOT be picking at number 3. I want more than anything for them to pick a player at that spot not just so we have the potential of an immediate impact player but more so as a way of showing us as fans that they are committed to spending money. Deep down though I do not think they’ll pick someone at number 3 and end up trading down. We all know that in some way the Glazers are tight with money so I think it’s next to impossible for them to give a player a $30 million signing bonus which is what the 3rd overall pick from last year’s draft made.
I think one potential move would be for Denver to trade up from number 10 to number 3 so they can be guaranteed Dez Bryant. It’s been widely rumored that Bryant was at the top of Denver’s list of prospects but probably likely that he wouldn’t fall to number 10. Now with Brandon Marshall being traded to Miami the need for a new playmaker at WR becomes even more apparent. I’d imagine the Bucs would be able to pick up another 2nd round pick in order for this deal to happen. I certainly think the 3rd overall pick warrants the swapping of 1st overall picks as well as a 2nd round pick. If we were to end up with a 3rd round pick I’d be happy with that too.
Another team that comes to mind that I know would like to move up is the Buffalo Bills. It’s been rumored that they’re very interested in Tim Tebow but I think taking him at number 8 is too high for him despite my man love for sir Timmy Tebow. So I could see the Bills swapping first rounds and giving up their 3rd so they could potentially have a shot at either Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen.
That being said personally I think Tebow is the best QB in the draft, he doesn’t have the “perfect” throw that everyone seems to think he must have to be successful in the NFL but he’s the epitome of leadership and winning and I truly think those things can carry someone along way regardless of how perfect their throwing motion is. I think he is above and beyond both Bradford and Clausen.
This draft is so deep that having 5 picks in the first 3 rounds would give us the opportunity to get some good, possibly immediate impact players.
Brandon Marshall finally got his wish of being traded out of Denver. The now former Broncos WR has been traded to the Miami Dolphins for their 2nd round draft pick in this years drafts well as next years.
Marshall was a restricted free agent and signed his RFA tender with the Broncos yesterday worth approximately $2.5 million. He’s on his way to Miami for a physical and is expected to sign a long term deal with Miami. Marshall wants to be paid like an elite receiver and if that is to happen that would mean that the Dolphins would need to pay him anywhere from $6-$8 million a year.
Marshall has had his fair share of off the field problems. Though personally I feel that his ability on the field far outweighs the things he’s done off the field in regards to significance. He’s coming off his 3rd consecutive 100+ catch season (the only other people to ever do that are Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison) and his 2nd consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. A season in which he set the single game record for receptions with 21 on Dec 13th against the Colts.
He is one of the best young receivers in the league at only 26 years old. The Dolphins upgraded their offense significantly by adding Marshall. This move makes the AFC East even more interesting after the Jets traded a 5th round pick last week to the Steelers for troubled receiver Santonio Holmes.
Of course I would’ve loved to see the Bucs send their 2 2nd round picks for Marshall. Josh Freeman desperately needs someone else to throw to other than Kellen Winslow. But we all know that the Bucs are bargain shoppers while the rest of the league shops at Neiman Marcus.
[Update: Marshall has signed a 4 year extension with the Dolphins worth $47.5 million. $29 million will be coming over the first 3 years.]
The Eagles traded QB Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins on Sunday for the Eagles 37th overall pick in this years NFL draft along with either a 3rd or 4th round pick in next years draft, that pick will be determined by Donovan’s performance next season.
Let me start by saying that I think the Eagles are retarded for trading such an impact player within their own division. I understand that this move stemmed mostly from the fact that all 3 QB’s in the Eagles organization were in the final year of their contracts but it’s hard for me to believe that there weren’t more talented teams interested in McNabb. The argument that Andy Reid traded him to the Redskins for his benefit instead of sending him to the Raiders, Rams or Bills doesn’t seem real sincere seeing that the Redskins were only 4-12 last year, so how can the argument be made that Reid was doing him a favor. An example of a team I thought was or should’ve been interested in McNabb was the Minnesota Vikings who we all know are going to end up waiting until at least the start of training camp to find out whether or not Brett Favre will be returning to the team when for just a 2nd round pick they could’ve had McNabb whose talent on the field is close to if not equal to Favre’s (at this point in Favre’s career) and can give the team at least 3-4 more good productive years of playing opposed to Favre who in all likelihood will only manage another year if he even comes back. Not to mention that McNabb and Vikings head coach Brad Childress have history together. Childress was the quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia when McNabb was drafted and later became the offensive coordinator.
Alas McNabb is now a Redskin and you never know what could happen. Mike Shanahan joined the Broncos when John Elway was 35 years old and proceeded to win 2 Super Bowls. McNabb is 31 years old and is one of the more under appreciated quarterbacks around. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that Philly fans are some of the worst fans there are, if the team wins they love the players but the second they lose they want everybody fired and kicked out of the city. McNabb has been booed by Philly fans since he was drafted from Syracuse. McNabb has since racked up twice as many wins as he has losses, he’s thrown 216 TD’s to only 100 INT’s and he’s taken the Eagles to 5 NFC championship games and 1 super bowl. But the fans still love to hate him.
Nonetheless I really like Kevin Kolb and for the most part agree with the Eagles wanting to hand the team over to him. He’s got a strong arm, is agile enough to escape the pocket and make a play and is an accurate passer. Personally I’m most excited for Brent Celek, from a fantasy perspective I think he’ll be the biggest benefactor of Kolb starting. In the 3 games that Kolb played in last season Celek racked up 22 catches for 245 yards and 2 TD’s.
It’s been roughly 4 days since the beginning of free agency and there have been a handful of splash moves, of course none of those being made by the Bucs.
The biggest splash so far was the Bears signing DE Julius Peppers, RB Chester Taylor and TE Brandon Manumaleuna. Peppers who is 30 and going into his 9th season signed a 6 year contract worth potentially $91.5 million with a record $42 million guaranteed. I agree Peppers was the biggest name available in free agency on defense, let’s just hope for the Bears sake that Peppers best years haven’t come and gone. Taylor was brought in to be a compliment to RB Matt Forte who had a disappointing 2009 sophomore season.
Here’s a breakdown of some other significant free agent signings:
Lions: DE Kyle Vanden Bosch & WR Nate Burleson
Jaguars: DE Aaron Kampman & WR Kassim Osgood
Browns: LB Scott Fujita & T Tony Pashos
Giants: S Antrel Rolle
Dolphins: LB Karlos Dansby
Falcons: CB Dunta Robinson
There have also been some significant trades that have happened so far. Most notably the trade of 3rd and 4th round picks from Baltimore to Arizona for WR Anquan Boldin and a 5th round pick. So that now gives the Ravens Flacco, Boldin, Stallworth, Rice and McGahee on offense. I’m not looking forward to playing that team this year as a Buc fan.
The Cardinals have also made a move acquiring S Kerry Rhodes from the Jets to fill the void left by S Antrel Rolle.
Time is passing by and most of the significant free agents have all been signed. The Bucs have 10 picks in this years draft and have said that the draft is where they’ll build this team, it just boggles my mind though that a team like ours with lots of young players wouldn’t want to make a move to add some veteran talent and leadership to this team. I’m left wondering “Where is the $41 million mark Domenik?”
Raheem Morris told reporters today in Indianapolis that the team would be moving on from WR Antonio Bryant. The team had concerns with the long term health of the knee he had surgery on prior to the 09 season.
Bucs fans now can look forward to Michael Clayton as our starter. The guy we’re paying $7 million a year and averaged less than 1 catch per game last season. How exciting.
Sammie Stroughter I’m excited about. I think he showed a lot of potential last year seeing that he was a 7th round draft pick. I can’t say the same for Maurice Stovall or Brian Clark. Stovall has shown signs of good hands but has lacked the ability to run good routes and break away from coverage.
Not to mention the Bucs passed on Donte Stallworth who signed with the Ravens for only $900k a year. That’s a steal. Put his personal issues aside, he would have been a cheap immediate upgrade at what’s now an even bigger need position.
Here’s to hoping there’s another DeSean Jackson sitting around for the the Bucs in the 2nd round.
The question that every Buc fan wants answered is “Are Manchester United’s money problems having a direct impact on the money being spent on the Bucs Organization?” and the short answer is, I have no clue. I’m not the guy with the answers but I am the guy with opinions. I have to believe the issue’s Brian and Joel Glazer are having with Manchester United are affecting the Bucs. The Glazers historically are pretty generous owners, so to think that they just up and decided to stop spending money is not a coincidence in my opinion.
These are the owners that released a coach and a General Manager whom they still had to cover $25 million in salary over the course of several years (until Bruce Allen signed with the Redskins, they still are paying Jon Gruden $5 million a year NOT to be the Bucs coach).
It wasn’t until the offseason before the 2009 season that we started to really see signs of problems within the Bucs organization. It was reported that the Bucs were big players in a bid to acquire top free agent DT Albert Haynesworth, I and probably every other Buc fan were ecstatic. Not too long after that we heard that the Bucs couldn’t come up with necessary signing bonus to attract Haynesworth to Tampa and he ended up signing with the Redskins.
Then again I don’t know what to think because not long after the Haynesworth deal fell through, we traded a 2nd round pick in 09 and a 5th round pick in 10 to Cleveland for TE Kellen Winslow and soon after signed him to a 6 yr deal worth $36.1 million with about $20 million in guarantees. The exception to this move is the fact that Winslow got a $0 signing bonus. Which in turn leads me to believe that the Glazers are struggling to come up with up front cash that helps a team acquire some top flight talent.
GM Mark Domenik has already come out to say that the Bucs will not be players in free agency this year and some say that not many teams will be because the free agency class will be limited due to the impending uncapped year in 2011. That may be true if the NFL and the CBA can’t come to an agreement by March 5th but there will be a few notable players available and to know that we can count the Bucs out of all the action is disheartening for a fan. Especially for season ticket owners who are now receiving the bill for their seats and wondering why are they going to pay to see a team when it seems clear that the Glazers are not going to do everything they can to put a championship caliber team on the field.
During the last couple days, reports have been flying that the Bucs are in talks with the Rams to try to move up to the 1st pick and in turn we would send the Rams our 1st rd pick, a 3rd rd pick and QB Josh Johnson. In theory the move for the Bucs would be well worth it in the sense that we’d be guaranteed either one of the top DT prospects Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh. They are projected as the best 2 players in the draft and are said to have the ability to make an impact on day 1.
So far so good right? Well wait just a minute. Let’s recap. Bucs can’t give signing bonus money to either Haynesworth or Winslow. Explain to me how they are going to come up with $10-20 million in signing bonus money for the #1 pick in the draft. Are the Glazers going to use the $26 million they just sold their estate for? I don’t think so. I personally feel like they’re going to trade out of the 1st rd completely or trade down and stock up on 2nd and 3rd round picks. Remember the experts are saying that this is the deepest draft since 1983 and if you look back to that year the last 2 picks drafted in the 1st round that year were Dan Marino and Darrell Green both Hall of Famers.
So while I see the immediate impact potential that McCoy or Suh would give us I’m also realizing that this may be a chance to stock up on some quality players at other need positions instead of solely focusing on one or two positions. Only time will tell I guess.