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The 3rd Overall Pick.

April 15, 2010 Leave a comment

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.

-KB

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Bucs move on from Bryant.

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Antonio Bryant in 2008

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.

-KB

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Buccaneers and their money problems.

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

(L-R) Bryan Glazer-Raheem Morris-Joel Glazer

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.

Gerald McCoy -- Ndamukong Suh

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.

-KB

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