Expect An Upgrade At CornerFebruary 28th, 2012
Joe is aware some of his readers may be weary of the following, but it bears repeating because it is so critical:
The Bucs need to upgrade at cornerback.
As we sit on the last day of February (damn, times a’ flying), it is a very real possibility that the Bucs will be looking at a starting cornerback tandem of Myron Lewis and E.J. Biggers, unless Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik and new coach Greg Schiano go cornerback shopping.
With those two going up against Drew Brees, Matty Ice and Cam Newton a total of six games a year, it’s positively frightening to think of the results.
That’s why it’s simply irresponsible of the Bucs to toy with the idea of drafting running back Trent Richardson if they haven’t grabbed a starting cornerback in free agency, never mind the fact a high first round pick spend on a running back is a terrible investment, never mind the fact the Bucs already have a running back.
Now Schiano has offered lip service that he welcomes veteran Ronde Barber (does Barber want to return?) and is willing to give troubled Aqib Talib a fresh start (how many days will that last?).
It seems information coming from Dominik, by way of Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, suggests Dominik is indeed going cornerback shopping this offseason.
“That is certainly something we have to look into, yeah,” Dominik said from the NFL Scouting Combine. “And I say that not having any clue of who may actually make it to the market.
“But it’s a position that I’ve talked about in the past and that Coach Schiano shares the same beliefs about, so it would be ignorant for me to think (the cornerback position) is not important to us.”
This warms Joe’s heart to read this because, of course, Dominik is a very intelligent man.
If Joe were in Dominik’s shoes, he’d make a play for Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr. Sure, the Chiefs may keep him, but Kansas City will have to cough up a lot of dough to keep Dwayne Bowe. Will they break the bank for two players?
Of course, Cortland Finnegan looms as well.
Pick up a solid free agent, draft Mo Claiborne at No. 5, and your cornerback troubles are gone.