Plan On Lots Of Changes At Lower CostFebruary 29th, 2012
Yes, many Bucs fans are panting over the free agent list like Joe does over his poster of Rachel Watson. But before Bucs fans begin hyperventilating, perhaps a cold shower might be in order?
Yes, Joe has read and heard Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik say the team will open up the checkbook and shop the free agent aisle this offseason. “The Professor,” John Clayton of BSPN, believes that Bucs fans under the belief Dominik will land nothing but top shelf talent in free agency will be bummed.
Speaking to Buccaneers.com multimedia guru Scott Smith at the NFL combine, Clayton believes the Bucs will go bargain shopping more often than not in free agency.
“I don’t think [the Bucs’ free agency plan] is necessarily going to be the top of the line guys. Certainly it’s great to go for quality but what I think it comes down to is depth. What was missing last year, particularly in the middle of the defense, not adding a linebacker through free agency, not adding a safety because you saw what happened when Cody Grimm went down, then all of a sudden you have a real shortage of safeties.
“Do you get three of the top guys at a position or go out and get eight guys who fill things out. I think it is going to be more of the eight. Clearly with all the cap room last year and to only come out with a punter, clearly that was not good enough and I think the team suffered from that.”
It’s an interesting thought that Joe has never really pondered too much, but it does make sense. The Bucs roster, aside from the defensive line and maybe wide receiver, has no depth to speak of, not even backups for Josh Freeman at quarterback.
Clayton went on to say that whenever there is a coaching change, a team generally has 20-25 changes in the roster. Given how many players gave half-efforts during the grotesque 10-game losing streak that resulted in Raheem Morris being jettisoned, that number could be more like 25 than 20 with Greg Schiano at the helm.
So, yeah, Dominik may be going more for quantity than quality.