Steve Smith For A Third Round Pick?February 26th, 2011
Can the Bucs count on Arrelious Benn for the 2011 season? No.
Might Benn be ready? Sure, but it’s hardly certain after tearing his ACL in December.
Esteemed NFL writer eye-RAH Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune thinks the Bucs might be interested in a Grade A insurance policy for Benn — fist-flailing, potential Hall of Fame receiver Steve Smith of the Panthers, so Kaufman wrote on TBO.com.
If the Bucs can pry Smith loose for a third-round draft choice, Dominik and head coach Raheem Morris will have to consider their options. Arrelious Benn is coming off a torn ACL and the Bucs lack proven wide receivers beyond Williams.
Smith is under contract with the Panthers, and he didn’t have much of a season last year. But with Jimmy Clausen and Matt Moore throwing him the ball, he sure wasn’t working with much.
Smith having a solid season in Tampa could be enough to push the Bucs into the playoffs. For that reason alone he might be worth the gamble. But with Smith’s history of attacking teammates, Joe’s not sure he’d be the best fit with Aqib Talib covering him in practice.
The Bucs need to do what they can to make sure Talib isn’t tempted to swing his helmet in practice again.