Curious Evaluation Of 2011 Left TacklesJuly 27th, 2010
There’s going to be gobs and gobs of Donald Penn chatter in the coming days. Joe just hopes it’s not as ridiculous as the stuff St. Pete Times’ beat writer Rick Stroud, aka The Mad Twitter, is trying to sell today.
Fresh off an extended vacation, The Mad Twitterer tries to tell fans that left tackles won’t be in demand in 2011, in part because teams are pretty well set at that position.
But like any NFL team, the Bucs place a higher value on the left tackle position, especially after investing so much in Freeman.
The 2011 draft class is believed to be rich in left tackles and there could be more than 300 unrestricted free agents next year if a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. Only a handful of teams are expected to be in desperate need of a left tackle next year.
Joe suspects that rather than Stroud doing exemplary research on the subject of 2011 left tackles, he got this line of hooey from Bucs executives who are trying to scare Penn.
No reasonable football observer would dare publish leaguewide need at the left tackle position a year in advance, when guys routinely go down with injuries, lose their effectiveness and insist on getting paid more than their team will pay.
Of course, one year ago, no football expert would have predicted the Bucs would be concerned about their left tackle position because the team had a young, effective player at that spot.
That would be Donald Penn.