Clinton McDonald May Be The GemMarch 17th, 2014
Joe has lost count how many guys the Bucs have signed since the free agent dinner bell rang Tuesday. The way the Bucs have shuffled their roster, a revolving door needs to be installed at One Buc Palace.
The overhaul continued yesterday with another offensive lineman being signed, Oniel Cousins, and a linebacker, Dane Fletcher. Of all the players signed, the hidden jewel may be defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.
By all appearances, McDonald isn’t supposed to compete with Akeem Spence for a starting role. He was brought in to start. BSPN Bengals guy Cole Harvey talked about McDonald, who spent time with the Bengals before playing a key role with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks last year.
Based off what I saw in Seattle last year, I’d say [McDonald can make an impact]. We talked a lot earlier about sacks. It’s not easy for a defensive tackle in constant rotation with others to pick up 5.5 sacks, particularly on a defense like Seattle’s that had so many playmakers at every level. That’s a dedication to McDonald’s blue-collar work ethic and team-focused mentality. He may not have been a great player in Cincinnati, but he was a respected teammate. If he keeps grinding the way he clearly has since he left the Bengals, he should be just fine for the Bucs.
It’s one thing to be a Buccaneer Man, a guy the team can be proud of in the community, but first and foremost, that man has to perform on the field in order for the team to get wins. It’s that simple. It appears McDonald is a complete Buccaneer Man.
This seems to be Lovie Smith’s type of guy: a winner both on and off the field.