Does Koetter Want To Babysit?

March 12th, 2018

Talented RB on market.

This might be a boom-or-bust signing.

Yeah, the Bucs need a running back. Carlos Hyde is Joe’s first choice but, of course, why would the top running back in free agency want to come to the Bucs? Of course, money sometimes talks.

Joe thinks the Bucs need to draft a running back — preferably no later than the second round — and sign a free agent back.

Now an intriguing but dicey move seems to be available for the Bucs. That would be former Rams running back Tre Mason, notes Matt Zenitz of

People close to Tre Mason have recently been in contact with NFL teams, telling them that the former SEC Offensive Player of the Year is ready to return to football following a two-year hiatus, according to sources. The pitch has been that Mason is in a much better place mentally than he was when he had multiple run-ins with police in 2016.

Mason did not play last year as he blew off Rams training camp. He’s also had numerous brushes with the law and some suggest he isn’t exactly playing with a full deck, if you get Joe’s drift. One of those people is Mason’s mom.

Mason has had several hassles with cops and Joe’s favorite is when, after popping wheelies on his ATV in a Florida park, Mason tried to outrun the law in his rig. He got locked up for a couple of days as a result.

The 24-year-old had a nice season as a rookie with the Rams behind a shaky offensive line. He averaged 4.3 yards a carry. Mason, of course, would come cheap. The problem is, how dependable is he? And if he is not dependable, what’s the point?

Joe thinks it’s fair to suggest if Mason is only brought in on a prove-it contract as a backup; there is not much to lose.

The question is, after dealing with Doug Martin’s issues, does Dirk Koetter want a running back who one doesn’t know if he will popping wheelies on his ATV someday at Curtis Hixon Park?

46 Responses to “Does Koetter Want To Babysit?”

  1. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Pass! Stop it please!

  2. Joeypoppems Says:

    There is no reason to make a move this risky.

  3. Trumps Stylist Says:


  4. Not there yet Says:

    I think it’s your desperation to write an article about anything no matter how stupid that makes people thinks the bucs are desperate. I’ll be so glad when free agency starts so you can stop the madness

  5. martinii Says:

    No head cases, go for Carlos Hyde and 3rd rd pick.

  6. mike10 Says:

    Lol joe, are u serious?… ‘come on man’

  7. Jim Says:


  8. The Buc Realist Says:

    I am still hoping joe sneaks in a “sign Sebastian Janikowski” before free-agency really gets rolling!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!

  9. tmaxcon Says:

    He is the poster child of a buccaneers man… bring him in and cut any competition he may have That is the buccaneers way… only left overs, has beens and injury prone gambles need apply… I guess nut jobs are welcome too.

  10. Easy Says:

    Screw that

  11. Tnew Says:

    Feel for the young man… but I dont want him on my team. When Mom says he is suffering from CTE, it’s not great. I’m not sure he needs to be playing at this point.

  12. Bucn Enough Says:

    He is not coming off a knee injury, so we are safe….no way Licht touches him.

  13. adambomb418 Says:

    Are we really this desperate?

  14. 2Anglican1609 Says:

    Sounds like he’s a Talib Jr.

  15. 813bucboi Says:


    simple as that…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!!

  16. BrianBucs Says:

    Oh He’ll No!!!!!

  17. Lamarcus Says:

    This story couldn’t make the Joebucsfan cut. Why would this be considered?

  18. Mtbucsfan Says:

    Hell if you get him cheap give it a shot. People do grow up and pull their head out of their asses eventually. He screws up he’s gone. But he comes in and works hard great! He might return with a very nasty edge and want to just run over people. We need that given our online can’t block.

  19. Dooshlarue Says:

    Sure mama is saying CTE.
    She lookin to git paid when her baby ain’t be playin no mo.

  20. darin Says:

    Free agency is here in a couple hours! We will finally be finding out the start of Lichts “plan”. Somehow it didnt include a 27 year old DE who had 19 sacks one year and 6 in his last 5 games last season….for a 4th round pick and swap of 6ths. So lets see it Licht. What ya got

  21. Greg Says:

    Unfortunately I’m afraid that the coach and GM or on the hot seat to the point they may not have the ability of doing major contracts. I think will sign a couple of C level players and then wait for the second wave of free agency after the draft. Not saying that’s what I want I just see it coming.

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    Is this the best JBFers can expect Joe when Jason Licht goes into full turtle-mode? Desperation has surely set in when tmaxcon gives this guy a thumbs-up.

  23. Tom Edrington Says:

    Didn’t we already have one crazy guy on the team who had to leave? I believe that was Aaron Sears — second round draft pick…..ouch!

  24. AKick'nTheBucNuts Says:

    This is the hope the Bucs have come to?

    On second thought, this is EXACTLY what the Bucs do and why we rot in the basement.

    2 Years out of football. This is EXACTLY the RED FLAG this FO runs to and pays for.
    Then wonders why he sucked the season away or spent 6 games on suspension.

    Who’s next? Greg Hardy?

  25. SCBucsFan Says:

    I say bring him in and have his participate in an online counselling session that is set up exclusively for posters in this forum.

  26. JonBuc Says:

    If he can somehow average just under 3 yards/carry…The Dirk just might do it. Given his checkered pass, Licht’s Out would be inclined to guaranteed the entire contract. No sense using a fortuitous out clause a la Martin.

  27. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:

    Ascribing motives to Joe is why you’re in moderation. And it’s comical how you assume you understand the habits of readers here. –Joe

  28. buc4life Says:

    Remember him at Auburn he was a Beast if he has changed I’d give him a workout.

  29. Bucsfanman Says:

    People do get 2nd chances and excel, sometimes. Look at Cris Carter, he was on a one-way trip to rehab with the Eagles.
    The issue is that there are equally talented backs out there with less baggage, draft-picks too.
    If we beef up the o-line, we won’t need to reach on “troubled” RBs.

  30. NFLNut Says:


  31. Eric Says:

    Cadillac William’s knee is probably healed by now….

    But seriously as to Mason, why not get him into camp and see what he can do?

  32. Reach87 Says:

    We want to be good but are afraid to do the work to get good. I would expect the GM and staff to do an evaluation and if he is camp-suitable, bring him in to camp. Then, if he is roster-suitable, get him on the roster (if all sides agree). Simply “passing” without a true evaluation is negligence. Go Bucs!

  33. DBS Says:

    Can we please get out and stay out of the babysitting business?

  34. El_Buc941 Says:

    I would get him on a 1yr prove it deal worth $8.75m.the kid is a beast and if he can stay clean and out of trouble he will be good.

  35. Rod Munch Says:

    Meh. Just stick with Barber in this case – and sign a vet. As for the draft the Bucs need to go defense, defense, defense the entire draft. Sure if a huge value is there you break away from that – but the Bucs need multiple D-linemen, multiple corners, another safety – and drafting a guy in round 6 isn’t the best place to find people – except at RB where you can often get late round picks that turn out productive.

  36. Tony from Los Angeles Says:

    This is not the solution.
    Not even close.


    And the rest will fall Into place

  37. Mike Johson Says:

    Carlos Hyde would fit in nicely with these Bucs. But..we ain’t gonna get him. I can feel it. Thats sad huh? No confidence in our ability to lure quality FA’s.

  38. Eric Says:

    Why not, we are gonna suck anyway.

  39. LongSeason Says:

    If we don’t want Martin, then we don’t want Tre Mason. Rather draft players than sign talented yet extremely high risk players. Going back through my older posts, I thought it would have been a great idea to trade Martin right after he came back and before he hit the field. We might have only gotten a 7th rounder but that’s better than pig fat doughnut. Once we kept Doug, I had high-hopes he’d stay clean and be productive for which it was an impossible expectation. Our piss-poor offensive line didn’t help much. So there you go. Leave it all on Jameis shoulders. Besides our passing attack we have no ability to run block, stop the run, stop the pass or kick field goals and PATS. Other than that we are in terrible shape.

  40. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Baby sitting requires valuable time that needs to be spent on team prep not team baby sitting.

    Our locker room is not that far off. I don’t wish to blow it up at this point.

  41. derrickbrooksforGM Says:

    Weird state the bucs are in. I blame the media and fans for freaking out when they fire a coach after 2 years. They went nuts last offseason letting Licht direct the 125 million dollar show and it went straight to DVD. DOH!

    So 2019 you can pretty much write off. Appreciate your FA ideas and musings but it’s actually kinda sad for us Bucs fans knowing they won’t do anything. Licht no longer has the helm. Joel and Co are driving this ship now. They know Licht is sailing for the wrong port. Light and Koetter in the brig waiting to walk the plank.

  42. Nick2 Says:

    Media and the fans derrickbrooksforGM???????? That’s right thank the lord the Glazers are just begging Licht to spend more money on FA’s. They are the most generous owners on the planet always hiring the best coaches and GM’s available. We are spoiled fans here in Tampa yes we are we get the best of the best always. Now I am going to run the bathroom to throw up the ridiculous words I just typed.

  43. John meeks Says:

    Todd edrington,I remember that 2nd round pick out of Tennessee. What a shame,he was talented!

  44. John meeks Says:

    No no no on mason!

  45. unbelievable Says:

    If you go back to Dirks time in college, he had several head cases back then. And he pretty much let them do what they wanted…

  46. jerseybuc Says:

    If it works we get a good running back cheap. If it doesn’t work we are looking at a player not being ready to play due to infractions (been there done that) and a bad locker room.
    Why go down this road? The upside doesn’t come close to the downside.
    I wish the kid well. Some. where. else.