Glazers Won’t Pay “Regardless How Good He Is”May 3rd, 2011
How dare popcorn-shoveling NFL scribe Peter King, of Sports Illustrated, write that Team Glazer has a limit on what it would pay a player even if said player is a superstar.
Didn’t King read Joel Glazer’s famous quote,”Money will never be an issue when building this team?” How dare King all but say he thinks Glazer’s comments are hogwash. Why would King attack the credibility of Team Glazer?
King shared his toughts in his recent mailbag at SI.com.
“Now that the Bucs went defensive line and linebacker in the draft, don’t they really have to go after a cornerback in free agency? Ronde Barber is old, and at the very least Aqib Talib is certainly going to be suspended by the league for his offseason gun incident, if not cut outright. Will the Glazers finally spend some money, maybe on Nnamdi Asomugha?”
— Mark, Tampa, Fla.
Peter King: I can’t see the Glazers, one of the lowest-spending owner groups in the league, spending $18 million a year on a cornerback like Asomugha, regardless how good he is. But yes, they’ll need to address cornerback in free agency, maybe with someone like Cincinnati’s Johnathan Joseph, if he comes free.
Regarding the end of King’s quote, Joe assumes “free” means becomes a free agent, not free of charge, though you never know with King.
Forgetting about all this Glazer hate, Joe thinks the Bucs will scoff at the notion of grabbing a free agent cornerback, especially one with the cost and quality of Joseph.
E.J. Biggers is on the rise. Myron Lewis was a third-round pick — if you’re excited about Mason Foster, shouldn’t you be equally excited about Lewis? — and Ronde Barber is still there.
Plus there’s that talented Talib guy, who hasn’t been found guilty of anything at this point. As Joe has written over and over and over, there’s no reason now to think the Bucs will cast aside Talib like an old sock unless Talib admits to, or is found guilty of, a serious crime. That’s not how the Bucs handle things, even if the St. Pete Times beat writers insist otherwise.