Cornerback Depth A Major Issue — AgainJuly 19th, 2013
Rockstar Bucs general manager Mark Dominik watched as numerous good cornerbacks signed with new teams after the free-agency bell rang in March.
But Dominik and the Bucs didn’t bite, despite their flimsy cornerback depth in 2012.
Letdown cornerback Eric Wright was retained at a reduced rate, so Joe wrote numerous times that apparently Dominik didn’t think anyone on the 2013 market was better than Wright. That seemed like decent logic, but now Wright was booted today from the New Schiano Order in a trade to the 49ers for a conditional draft pick.
“Thin” is the best word to describe the Bucs secondary — in a passing league. The Bucs now are counting on a superstar coming off a major knee surgery and a rookie. And the likes of Anthony Gaitor, Danny Gorrer, Leonard Johnson, Myron Lewis are unproven and/or lousy.
Yes, the Bucs signed former longtime Cardinals veteran, small corner Michael Adams, a few weeks ago. But Joe’s concerned.
Last year, the Bucs’ opening-day nickel cornerback, Brandon McDonald, was on the street shortly before opening day. And McDonald didn’t last the season.
The Bucs might be combing the streets again for talent following training camp. It’s a puzzling position for a team loaded with talent and available salary cap room.