Where’s The Veteran Running Back?May 6th, 2012
Joe sees that Greg Schiano mentor Bill Belicheat has now signed high-mileage, free-agent running back Joseph Addai, and Joe wants to know when the Bucs are going to stop going all yungry in their backfield and land their own veteran backup.
Addai has seen better days, but the guy doesn’t fumble, is known for his blocking, and probably has one or two more solid starts, if necessary, in his body.
It’s awesome that Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount can slug it out to see who plays bell cow, but Joe would feel a lot better having a veteran in the mix to back them up.
Rockstar general manager Mark Dominik has always had veteran RBs during his tenure. Last year it was Earnest “Insurance” Graham. Cadillac Williams and Derrick Ward were here with Graham before that. Surely Dominik sees the value in having a proven pass blocker and rock-toter around his franchise quarterback and young backs.
Joe’s written previously about the availability of Ryan Grant, who also visited the Patriots recently. Thomas Jones, LaDanian Tomlinson, Bucs killer Maurice Morris and Cadillac are all out there and seemingly healthy, versatile and content with backup roles.
With a head coach that wants to run the football like the NFL hasn’t seen in years, Joe can’t imagine the Bucs passing on a veteran back. It wouldn’t make sense.