The Davin Joseph ConundrumFebruary 14th, 2014
In the Bucs locker room, there are few good guys like Davin Joseph. July or December, win or loss, hot or cold, Joesph is always a stand-up guy, always willing to discuss a game or a practice, and often harshly critiques himself.
If you see Joseph bouncing around Tampa and approach him, he will stop in his tracks to shake your hand and flash that ear-to-ear smile. In the past, Joseph masked that calm, cool, friendly demeanor with a bit of a nasty side on the football field. He donates a lot of cash and work to help out Blake High School’s athletic department and works with programs to help kids stay in school.
But recent years haven’t been great for Joseph, arguably the only first round pick Bruce Almighty/Chucky hit on.
Joseph has missed games injured over the years and blew out a knee in 2012. He sure didn’t seem like his normal self last season (he was the first to admit it) but that was likely because Joseph wasn’t all the way back from knee surgery, a crutch he refused to use and it was about the only subject that could ever bring a scowl to his face. Joseph seemed to play better in December, which seems to reinforce that his knee, like Darrelle Revis’, wasn’t 100 percent.
The spreadsheeters over at Pro Football Focus have never liked Joseph, for reasons that unclear to Joe. Coming off likely his worst healthy season, the spreadsheeters, led by Khaled Elsayed, have been sharping their knives and believe Joseph’s tenure with the Bucs is hanging a thread and they would only be too happy to slice the cord.
We know where we’d start and that’s saying goodbye to the perennially overrated Davin Joseph to save $6M (with no dead money) in cap space. He was our lowest ranked right guard last year and has never lived up to the hype.
Well, to not live up to hype, there must be hype to begin with. For example, there was no hype with Myron Lewis. Joe can never recall much hype surrounding Joseph. Did anyone see any BSPN features of Joseph? Was he on the cover of Sports Illustrated? Did TMZ follow him around? No.
Before the Bucs start tossing offensive linemen overboard, Joe would suggest it would be prudent to restructure Joseph’s contract. If Joseph refused to do that, well, then consider other options.
Joseph is a smart guy. He knows he has under-performed. Joe is of the mind that rather than throwing him in Tampa Bay, rework his contract to a team-friendly, incentive-laden deal. If Joseph really was just slow to recover from knee surgery, then the Bucs will come out ahead of the game.