Gambling In Free AgencyFebruary 5th, 2014
Mark your Hooters Calendars, boys and girls — the dates, NOT the chicks — for an important happening. The NFL league year begins 4 p.m. on March 11, just in case you were wondering.
You also want to know what happens at 4 p.m. on March 11? The free agency dinner bell rings. It is Christmas in March for NFL fans, as teams can raid other teams’ rosters for treasures, unsigned free agents. Program your cell phone alarms now.
Now Joe isn’t expecting any big-time splashes by the new Bucs regime. The words of new general manager Jason Licht still ring in Joe’s ears as he stated in his introductory press conference that he would look for free agents that bring value. So Joe is not expecting Licht to break Team Glazer’s checkbook with flashy, high-priced names.
That’s why Joe’s good friend Justin Pawlowski of WHFS-FM 98.7 decided to look at potential bargain free agents that could impact the Bucs.
There are a few interesting names on Justin’s list but one that jumped out at Joe was wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Here’s what Justin had to type about Maclin:
Maclin is coming off of a torn ACL that forced him to miss the entire 2013 season, but his questionable health might lead to an affordable 1-year “prove it” contract. Before the injury, Maclin was a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands. Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford has continued to say the phrase “speed in space,” and a healthy Maclin is a player I’d love to see with the ball in space. I think Maclin signs a 1-year contract.
Now this is intriguing. Goodness knows the Bucs need depth at wide receiver. Tiquan Underwood, nice guy that he is, is in no way a No. 3 NFL receiver. No. 5, perhaps. Skye Dawson? The words “Saskatchewan Roughriders” springs to mind.
Now Maclin, who before his injury was a special wide receiver, might be had at a bargain price. Sign him and give him time to rehab and regain his former self and at the same time, perhaps motivate Mike Williams to be the best he can be.
A signing like that is not just value from a financial standpoint, but could provide positive results in so many ways on the field.