Bucs Fans “Should Not Panic”February 27th, 2014
In a new Pewter Panel show that Joe surely will never be invited to participate in, the Buccaneers have convened an esteemed¬†roundtable of local analysts to talk about all things¬†Tampa Bay¬†at Buccaneers.com.
Tampa Tribune scribes eye-RAH! Kaufman and Roy Cummings joined Buccaneers Radio Network voice T.J. Rives and team reporter Scott Smith¬†to dive¬†into free agency speculation in a recent edition.
The group focused on the Bucs’ soon-to-be free agents and Kaufman gently made the point that Bucs fans “should not panic” because the Bucs don’t have key cogs that are up for free agency, such as the Seahawks¬†do with¬†Michael Bennett and the Patriots with Aqib Talib. The Bucs¬†“component players” and “role players”¬†don’t represent big decisions for the Bucs, Kaufman said.
Cummings was adamant that special teams aces Adam Hayward and Dekoda Watson, as well as Erik Lorig, are very important players to re-sign,¬†and not only for their work on fourth down.¬†Rives chimed in that Watson and Lorig will command strong interest on the open market.
Joe wouldn’t lose sleep if the Bucs waved goodbye and replaced¬†all of their free-agent role players. However, Watson is a guy Joe would move to keep.¬†He’s an extraordinary athlete and a talented young special teams player — he turns 26 next¬†week — and¬†is good enough to make any roster in the NFL. Why not keep him here?
Joe likes Lorig, but unless Jeff Tedford plans to run one¬†of the small handful of offenses in the NFL that features a part-time fullback, there’s not much point to Lorig returning. Joe would rather see versatile Brian Leonard get another shot. He’s at least as good a special teams player as Lorig, and he can do more out of the backfield.