“Speed In Space” Is Top Of MindMarch 10th, 2014
Rampant rumors of Chiefs free agent speedster/versatile slot receiver and Pro Bowl punt returner Dexter McCluster heading back home to Tampa Bay are no surprise.
And it’s not because the Bucs are downright desperate for a No. 3 receiver after the Kevin Ogletree debacle.
Joe remembers hearing the expressed desire for “speed in space” by new Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford.
Bucs fans and Joe have no clue what Tedford’s offense will look like; he’s gone several directions in his career. But Tedford doesn’t hide the fact that his CFL roots taught him how to use the whole field and get footballs in playmakers’ hands with room to be dangerous. (Side note: Joe has a hunch Tedford would have found a way to toss a swing pass to LeGarrette Blount once in a while.)
To do what he wants, Tedford said, he needs that “speed in space.” Right now, the only speed the Bucs have is in three guys coming off major surgery, Doug Martin, Jeff Demps and Mike Williams. Yes, Williams wasn’t lightning fast to begin with, but he is a guy who has proven to be elusive and dangerous after the catch.
The pride of Largo High, McCluster, a four-year veteran at 25 years old, is coming off his best season. He returned 58 punts for 686 yards and two touchdowns and caught 53 passes for 511 yards and two touchdowns.
If Bucs general manager Jason Licht is seeking “value” free agents, then the multi-talented McCluster likely is high on his list.
However, the Kansas City Star is reporting tonight that McCluster has “four or five” teams after him and will sign when the free agency bell rings tomorrow afternoon. Will the Bucs get in a bidding war?