Don’t Get Your Hopes UpFebruary 27th, 2009
As Randy Cross of Sirius NFL Radio suggested yesterday, don’t expect the Bucs to go crazy in free agency now that the Bucs didn’t land the big fish, Albert Haynesworth.
Peter King of SI.com, who ironically once a week co-hosts “The Opening Drive” on NFL Radio with Bob Papa and Cross, wrote today on his site that the Bucs, despite being a record amount under the cap, won’t be spending like the proverbial drunken sailor.
Tampa Bay, a record $61 million under the salary cap after purging everyone but the office secretaries this week, was targeting New Orleans middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma and Pittsburgh wide receiver Nate Washington. The Bucs don’t want to hit home runs in free agency, but rather doubles with solid players they don’t have to overpay.
This is somewhat smart. Get good if not decent second tier players and then if the Bucs can hit home runs in the draft the next two years (Joe fully expects the Bucs to have a lousy record in 2009 thus a good spot in the draft in 2010), it will go a long way to getting the Bucs back in the playoffs in 2011 and beyond.
Yes, you read that right, 2011.