Gholston Better Value Than GriffenMarch 10th, 2014
Joe got a few Twitter people worked up yesterday when he suggested that the Bucs were better off with Will Gholston than Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen. You would have thought Joe suggested people drink warm beer.
Yesterday, the Vikings coughed up a five-year, $42.5 million contract ($20 million guaranteed) to a guy who was so good, he never started a game last year for the putrid Vikings.
Joe maintains if this guy, Griffen, was so good he would have displaced someone on the defensive line as a starter. It’s not like he was playing for the 1976 Steelers and there was no way he could find a starting gig.
Of course, Joe was hammered on Twitter for this suggestion, especially when Joe stated he would take current Bucs defensive lineman Will Gholston.
To Joe, it’s a major red flag if a guy cannot secure a starting job. It’s really that simple. Then Joe started crunching the numbers (gasp!).
Last year, Griffen logged 699 snaps for the vapid Vikings. In total, he racked up a grand total of 26 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Let’s see, the guy couldn’t start a game for a miserable team and had less than double-digit sacks and Joe should be falling to his knees? Really?
Then Joe looked up Gholston’s stats. The rookie from Michigan State actually started two games for the Bucs (imagine!). In 312 snaps, less than half of the playing time Griffen saw the field, Gholston had more tackles (31) and about a third of the sacks of Griffen (2.0).
Like Griffen, Gholston can play both tackle and defensive end. Griffen will be entering his fifth season in the NFL. Gholston, entering his second season with the Bucs, will be paid $495,000.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht, when he was introduced to the Tampa Bay area in January, spoke about how he values value in a player.
Look over the statistics and salaries from both players above and tell Joe who brings the best value, Griffen or Gholston. Joe will go with the man from Michigan State.