Did The Bucs Get Played?March 16th, 2014
Joe knows a lot of Bucs fans were pining for the services of free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. How so? Because Joe was getting pounded on Twitter about the status of Sanders’ negotiations.
Sanders made the rounds it seemed with just about every NFL team. And Saturday, he finally decided to sign with the Broncos.
But not without controversy.
It seems he had a deal on the table with the Chiefs and went to the Bucs Saturday to try to use the Bucs as leverage before landing in Denver. That’s the word for NFL insider Ian Rapoport, who believes Sanders’ agent played an awful game of lying chess.
Agent Steve Weinberg, on behalf of the receiver, accepted a deal with the Chiefs in principle, according to one team source. Weinberg then engaged in negotiations with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to another source involved in the process.
While shopping the Chiefs offer to the Bucs, Weinberg never explained that he had already accepted the terms of Kansas City’s offer. Later in the night, Sanders’ agent had agreed to terms with the Broncos, which is where he is currently headed. Sanders and Weinberg also rankled the 49ers by agreeing to visit, then blowing it off.
Now Joe had been told some years ago that it is an unspoken NFL rule that once negotiations are agreed upon in principle, it is sort of a binding agreement. Apparently, Weinberg decided to ignore NFL protocol to try to squeeze teams. In a matter of words, this isn’t the way to build relationships with NFL teams.
And still, the Bucs are presumably looking for a No. 3 receiver. Unless the Bucs want to try to take a stab at Darrius Hayward-Bey, it may just be better to look toward the draft. Though Joe knows Bucs fans lay awake at night dreaming of Sammy Watkins, this draft is so lousy with receivers, and the Bucs have so many other holes to plug, it’s better off getting a guy later. Joe has been told that the draft is so deep with receivers, a starter can be had in the third round.
Pretty sad the Bucs apparently were played by a bum of an agent.