All Options On The TableMarch 14th, 2014
This afternoon, subscribers to SiriusXM Radio were treated to a lively interview of Bucs general manager Jason Licht conducted by popular sports radio personality Adam Schein, host of “Schein on Sports” via Mad Dog Radio. How fun was the interview? At one point, in individually breaking down the Bucs’ new free agent class, Licht was so impressed with Schein’s homework that he asked Schein when his contract with SiriusXM expires so he could hire him.
Of course, Schein asked pointed, reasoned questions about the new Buccaneers, which Joe will detail over the next couple of days. But Schein also asked Licht about the draft and what positions the Bucs may be targeting.
Adam Schein: What else would you look for in free agency, and a very deep NFL draft?
Jason Licht: I think with the moves we have made in free agency this year, all options are open. We are going to go with the best available player in the draft, throughout the draft. You can never have too many good football players. We love thinking this football team is successful if we look at it from front to back. We are going to look to upgrade some [starter] positions, some backup positions, front to back, but the other positions are positions where we need to get the best players we can.
Schein: Will you consider a quarterback in the first round?
Licht: We will consider anything in the first round. If a quarterback is there that we love, we have to consider it.
Of course Licht is going to say all options are open. Joe would be shocked at some point in the draft if the Bucs don’t select a quarterback, whether it’s Johnny Football, Jimmy Garoppolo (remember, the Bucs interviewed Garoppolo at least twice to Joe’s knowledge) or Aaron Murray, for example, — unless the Bucs think Josh McCown in his remaining NFL years can help coach up Mike Glennon to get him ready to be a franchise quarterback.
And frankly, the Bucs are pretty thin on the offensive line, even if you factor in the signing of Anthony Collins. To bank of Carl Nicks returning to health and playing a full season is risky, to be polite. Jamon Meredith also was a cog in last year’s mess.
Bucs fans are beating the drum for a wide receiver, of course, which is not an irresponsible lament.