“I Really Do Miss Playing For New Orleans”February 26th, 2014
Would you re-sign a player who misses playing for his old team?
The Bucs are facing that question.
Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud Twittered yesterday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want linebacker and almost free agent Jonathan Casillas to sign a new deal for 2014.
Casillas wants to come back, so he told The Inside Score on VoiceofAmerica.com this week.
“I think I did pretty well and I enjoyed it. Trying [not] to do too many more transitions like that now. I would like to stay where I’m at right now, to tell you the truth,” Casillas said.
But Casillas also painted a picture that his heart is somewhere else in the NFC South.
“I really do miss playing for New Orleans. I really do. You know I had great relationships with the people, … good friends on that team, and the coaching staff and the city itself.”
Casillas went on to rave about all things New Orleans.
Look, Joe likes Casillas, who spent 2009-2012 with the Saints. Joe has liked Casillas since his arrival in Tampa last year. Casillas gave Joe tremendous off-the-record perspective of Mike Sullivan’s offense, through the eyes of a 2012 Saints defender. But comfortably saying you miss playing for your old team, a hated division rival of the Bucs, is a little over the line for Joe.
Casillas is not a star or a big name, but that doesn’t mean his words are meaningless. Imagine if Darrelle Revis or Dashon Goldson or Vincent Jackson issued similar commentary.
Perhaps the work environment was nearly unbearable under Greg Schiano, but he’s ancient history. Joe would have expected more Bucs enthusiasm from Casillas during the interview, especially considering he was Twittering to legions of Bucs fans to listen to him on the show.