Bucs In Battle For Erik Lorig?February 26th, 2014
There was a lot of chatter at the NFL Scouting Combine last week about how running backs have been devalued in this age of throw-first, ask-questions-later NFL. Fullbacks? They are nearly obsolete.
Almost, that is. The Bucs currently have Erik Lorig as their fullback, but for how much longer? He’s a free agent and reading the words of Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com, the Bucs would be in for a fight to retain Lorig’s services.
Lorig, a pending unrestricted free agent, would draw interest from several teams, seen as one of the best on the market at his position, and the Bucs are working to retain him.
At this point he may well hit the market, though a return to Tampa would still be possible even if so. He was a strong performer and elite blocker, helping back-up running backs thrive even after the Bucs lost top back Doug Martin for the season. Lorig has also displayed an ability to perform as a tight end, with his versatility a plus.
LaCanfora noted the Bucs are making a “push” to keep Lorig in Tampa Bay.
Maybe this is why Bucs coach Lovie Smith hinted to Joe that they may be looking to add running backs, perhaps mindful Lorig might get away? Lovie told Joe last week the Bucs wanted a stable of guys to surround Doug Martin.
Maybe Lovie sees the handwriting on the wall?