Geno Hayes Not On Nnamdi Asomugha BandwagonJuly 20th, 2011
It seems many Bucs fans are in a lather for the flavor of the year.
Last year, Bucs fans were jumping up and down over malcontent wide receiver Brandon Marshall being signed as a free agent. Not only did Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik pass on Marshall, he also passed on a much better talent, Santonio Holmes, passed on him twice in fact.
Now, this offseason, it seems the same Bucs fans are banging the drum — loudly — for Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha who, from the way these same Bucs fans talk about him, is the second coming of Ronnie Lott and Deion Sanders all rolled into one.
Speaking on WHBO-AM 1040 yesterday afternoon with co-hosts Ronnie Lane and Tom Krasniqi, Bucs outside linebacker Geno Hayes not only shrugged his shoulders at the thought of the Bucs acquiring Asomugha, but Hayes stopped just short of saying it won’t happen.
After being asked by Krasniqi if Hayes has read Bucs fans Twittering over Asomaugha as if he is Kate Upton, Hayes admitted he did but was not moved.
“My opinion, the Bucs should do what they need to do. The Bucs are well-known for wanting what they want. You don’t need a guy like [Asomugha]. The Bucs are about building in-house.
“Mark Dominik and Rah, those guys are about building guys up. Right now we have a couple of young guys that I have very good confidence in.”
Hayes went on to say in the defense the Bucs play under Raheem Morris, a corner like Asomugha is more luxury than necessity.
Look, if the Bucs were just one dominant corner away from a Super Bowl berth, Joe would be all for this move. But the Bucs have much greater needs than to overpay players in an area of strength and depth.
Hayes himself isn’t exactly irreplaceable nor should Quincy Black be. Joe also would like to see another defensive tackle, as it’s pretty clear Brian Price won’t be playing this year and he may never play with screws in his pelvis. A few more big uglies on the offensive line wouldn’t hurt either.
Joe heard Shaun King yesterday on WQYK-AM 1010 mock his co-host and devout Asomugha proponent Toby David, saying the only reason David was in near tears over Asomugha is that David just wants to buy a jersey.
King, correctly, suggested Holmes, a proven clutch player and also a free agent, would have a much bigger impact on the Bucs than Asomugha.