Bucs Eyeing Jason Babin?June 20th, 2014
Joe knows priority No. 1 for Bucs coach Lovie Smith this offseason was to somehow find out how the hell to get pressure on quarterbacks.
It was simply insulting for Bucs fans to watch the likes of Adrian Clayborn guard Darren Sproles in pass coverage while Drew Brees — and other QBs — had so much time they could enjoy a cup of coffee and finish reading the Wall Street Journal before getting any heat from the Bucs’ front seven.
Recently, Bucs general manager Jason Licht bragged he will never stop beating the bushes to find any player who may give the Bucs an upgrade at any position. Now, if you are to believe Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, Licht is hunting for a veteran defensive end and, maybe, recently released Jason Babin could be Licht’s target.
Two teams I know have been testing the waters on veteran pass rushers that might be avail via trade are TB and ATL. Watch them for Babin.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 19, 2014
While Babin’s numbers aren’t that great (he led the Jags with 7.5 sacks last year), he has 62.5 sacks for his career, which began with the Texans in 2004.
If the Bucs do end up bringing in Babin, if only for a training camp look-see, Joe has to think one reason is the Bucs are unimpressed by defensive end Da’Quan Bowers. Now on his third coaching staff and second general manager, Bowers has never lived up to his expected ceiling. Last year, after having to deal with a gun hassle in New York, Bowers was handed a starting job because then Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik let sack leader Michael Bennett walk for no good reason.
How did Bowers respond to this gift? He came into training camp out of shape.
Bowers did have a knee surgery of some sort this offseason, but he was cited by defensive line coach Joe Cullen for not being in shape. In June!
Joe can never remember a player coming off some sort of medical procedure being outed by a coach for being out of shape. In June, no less.
Joe can’t help but believe if L&L decides to bring in Babin, it means they are getting impatient. Remember, L&L did not bring in Bowers. And they have shown in their few months on the job they have short leashes on players they did not draft or sign.