Pay UpFebruary 2nd, 2014
New Bucs general manager Jason Licht made it clear that if he is going to target free agents, then they will be free agents that deliver value, not necessarily the best player at the highest ransom. So when Bucs fans ask Joe if Licht is going to get, say, player-X, Joe offers words of caution.
Some say the best free agents a team can get are the guys they already have on the roster who are some of the best in the NFL. Using this premise, ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas believes the Bucs shouldn’t monkey around much longer and wrap up Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David to long-term deals.
This offseason would be the perfect time to lock up linebacker Lavonte David and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (perhaps Tampa Bay’s two best players) to long-term contracts. McCoy is heading into the final year of his contract. David is under contract through 2015, but he already has outplayed his rookie contract.
David, a first-team All-Pro, is only scheduled to make $705,000 in base salary this season. He already has earned a hefty raise, and the Bucs would be wise to take care of him. If they wait, chances are David will have another big season and only drive up his price tag.
It’s really hard to argue this. You are talking, at worst, two guys who are in the top three at their positions in the NFL, young dudes, better teammates you will not find. These are the kinds of guys who you lock up to build a winning foundation.
This just in: The Bucs haven’t had a winning season since 2010. So, yeah, you could make a valid argument the Bucs are rebuilding with a new coach and a new general manager.