Buyer’s Market At Defensive Back For BucsMarch 9th, 2013
It’s been pretty darn astounding to see all the cornerback and safety talent cut around the NFL in recent hours, as teams clear salary cap room and new head coaches clean house.
Joe’s not going to rattle off a boring list of names, but simply stated, it’s shaping up as a buyer’s market for the Bucs in the area of solid secondary players.
Take Jacksonville, for example, where the Jaguars had a respectable pass defense last season, especially considering they were last in the NFL in sacks (20). Also, teams only ran for an average of 4.1 yards a carry on the Jaguars, which was good for the 11th best yards-per-carry-allowed average in the NFL, so it’s not like Jacksonville only had decent pass defense numbers because everyone was slashing them in the running game.
Yet the Jaguars have just cut starter Aaron Ross, who won two Super Bowl rings with the Giants (keep the Bill Sheridan connection in mind), very solid and versatile safety Dawan Landry, who played years alongside Ed Reed in Baltimore and likely would be a hell of a mentor to Mark Barron, and 10-year veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis, plus talented, yet oft-injured cornerback Derek Cox hits the open market on Tuesday.
And that’s just off the Jaguars.
There are all kinds of options for rockstar general manager Mark Dominik to massively upgrade the Bucs’ woeful secondary that cost Tampa Bay at least a couple of wins last season. The Bucs have the available cash. They just have to pick the right players. There’s no excuse for the Bucs to not field an average secondary this season, which would be quite an improvement.