Free Agency Day, Open ThreadMarch 11th, 2014
OK, this will be something a little different from Joe. Here is a post Joe will leave near the top of the page for Bucs fans to comment on any NFL item they want. Joe will periodically post Bucs-related rumors or information here as well, whether it is updates on the Darrelle Revis situation or other potential transactions. Of course, Joe will do his usual work, too.
Joe will start it off with this nugget:
* Joe spoke with someone he has known for some 15 years that is close to Dexter McCluster, the Chiefs free agent WR/RB/return specialist. Last night, this source told Joe that McCluster had told him “last week” that the Bucs were interested in him. How close are Bucs to offering McCluster a contract? Joe cannot say. The same source also claims McCluster, if he had his way, would stay in Kansas City. Joe can understand that. The Chiefs were a playoff team in 2013. This is not to say McCluster does not want to play for the Bucs; only that his first choice is to remain with the Chiefs.
[Update 7:56] Albert Breer of the NFL Network Twittered the Bucs are after two Bengals free agents.
@AlbertBreer: With the Revis situation simmering, Bucs are expected to be in the chase for a pair of Cincy FAs: OT Anthony Collins and DE Michael Johnson.
[Update 8:38]: Per Adam Schefter on BSPN Radio, the Bucs have been shopping Revis for three weeks.
[Update: 8:44] Adam Schefter seems to believe the Bucs are not going to trade Revis; but cut him, Twittered the word “when” in reference to a release.
[Update: 9:29] One reason the Bucs have hit a wall in trying to trade Revis may be the asking price, per good guy and well-connected Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report.
@mikefreemanNFL: GM tells me Bucs’ initial asking price was two No. 1s for Revis. Around the league, they were laughed at.
[Update: 9:51]Apparently, the Bucs are also eyeing free agent tight ends, per ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas.
@PatYazESPN: Hearing Houston TE Garrett Graham could be a target for #Buccaneers.
[Update: 10:21] Ian Rapoport of NFL.com seems to believe it is just a matter of time before the Bucs announce their newest defensive end, former Bengals stud Michael Johnson.
@RapSheet: One of the first names that could be off the board: Michael Johnson, #Bengals DE. The #Bucs and Johnson have mutual interest.
[Update: 10:48] Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports believes the Bucs have come to an agreement with a new edge pass rusher.
@JasonLaCanfora: When the Michael Johnson signing with the Bucs becomes official, I hear the deal will average $8.5M/year with around $24M guaranteed
[Update: 11:13]More numbers being floated out by the four-letter on Johnson’s alleged pack with the Bucs.
@JosinaAnderson: More specifics: Sources: DE Michael Johnson has agreed to a 5-year, $43.75M deal with 24M guaranteed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
[Update: 11:38] In the category of less suitors is better for the Bucs, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal says the Browns are not in the Dexter McCluster sweepstakes.
@NateUlrichABJ: Despite the rumblings on Twitter, a league source said WR Dexter McCluster “is not going to Cleveland.”
[Update: 12:07] NFL.com claims the Browns “have significant interest” in Darrelle Revis. Sure, what team doesn’t? Pulling the trigger on a trade is another matter.
[Update: 1:20] WDAE-AM 620 is reporting Dekoda Watson will have a new team this afternoon. Joe wishes Watson well.
[Update: 1:44] Now it seems the Raiders are in the hunt for Revis, per the San Francisco Chronicle.
@VicTafur: Raiders are strong players in Darrelle Revis sweepstakes, along with Browns, according to league sources.
[Update: 3:41] Ian Rapoport just reported on the NFL Network that the Bucs are the team most interested in free agent quarterback Josh McCown. Rapoport expects McCown to take his time teasing with his available suitors.
[Update: 4:06] Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports Danny Gorrer, who will be a key cog now that Revis will be gone, has re-signed with the Bucs.
[Update: 4:09] Adam Schefter claims that Dexter McCluster has signed with the Titans.
[Update: 4:12] Bucs sign Seattle defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and Giants tight end Brandon Myers.
[Update: 5:09] The Bucs re-signed OG Jamon Meredith to a two-year contract via various reports.
[Update: 5:44] Bucs are to bring in Packers center Evan Dietrich Smith for a recruiting visit, per Adam Caplan.
[Update: 5:46] Adam Schefter claims the Redskins signed former Bucs special team ace Adam Hayward.
[Update 5:48] The Bucs released kicker Lawrence Tynes, who was at the center of the MRSA mess.
[Update: 5:55] The Bucs announced they have extended the contract for CB Deveron Carr.
[Update 6:25] Multiple reports have CB Peanut Tillman visiting the Bucs on a recruiting trip Wednesday.
[Update: 6:33] Bengals tackle Anthony Collins coming in for a visit tomorrow.
[Update: 9:36] The Bucs signed Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner .