Keep An Eye Out For Ramses BardenMarch 1st, 2013
There has been chatter that the Bucs, who could benefit from an upgrade at the slot wide receiver position, may just make a run at Patriots’ Wes Welker.
This would be a good addition, but with the Patriots reworking various contracts, including that of quarterback Tom Brady, it appears the Pats are trying to clear cap space to keep Welker.
So, might Giants free agent tight end Ramses Barden be an easier, cheaper target?
The Giants seem to be washing their hands of him. A former third-round pick, he never could break into the starting lineup but was solid as a slot receiver. Nearly as important, he has no problem sticking his nose in the gut of a defender to help spring a ball carrier loose.
Barden was on SiriusXM NFL Radio Thursday and it seemed as if he wanted a chance to be a starter, not a slot guy, though that simply wouldn’t happen with Tampa Bay. But if Barden can be coerced into having an open mind, reuniting with his former Giants receivers coach Mike Sullivan might be a coup for the Bucs. He already is familiar with Sullivan’s offense.
And, in case Vincent Jackson and/or Mike Williams get dinged up, Barden could step into their roles.
Given Barden’s blocking, leadership, versatility, and his connection to Sullivan and his ability to be a productive slot man, Barden just may be on the Bucs’ short list of free agent targets, if Welker is locked up by Bill Belicheat.