Will The Bucs Chase Carson Palmer?March 30th, 2013
The Bucs pursued and were shunned by new Vikings backup quarterback Matt Cassel a couple of weeks ago, and there were rumblings the Bucs made phone calls to Matt Hasselback’s agent before Hasselback joined the Colts.
So national chatter about soon-to-be-ex-Raider Carson Palmer joining the Bucs is hardly surprising. It’s not a stretch to assume the Bucs want a veteran backup with significant experience around Josh Freeman.
FOXSports.com senior NFL writer and Sirius NFL radio host Alex Marvez, a guy who broke a lot of Bucs news last offseason, was Twittering last night about a fit between Bucs and Palmer.
@AlexMarvez: Most intriguing Carson Palmer landing spot to me:
#Bucs. Need a backup. Have cap space. J Freeman isn’t cemented as long-term starter either …… Palmer would put heat on Freeman to step up his play. If Freeman does, he gets paid in 2014. If not, Palmer is viable option potentially
What Greg Schiano’s desire for “competition” for Freeman really means is anyone’s guess. Palmer put up very solid numbers last year in Oakland, and Joe gets how the New Schiano Order wants to load up on talent and insurance at the most important position.
But do the Bucs really want another QB challenging Freeman?
Freeman needs every first-team practice rep he can get. He took 100 percent of them last season, and a second season in the Mike Sullivan system and the natural pressure that will come in his contract year seems like plenty of motivation and “heat” on Freeman.
Freeman seems far too mentally fragile to successfully handle having a strong backup breathing down his neck. Joe would rather see the Bucs draft a QB.