Is There Enough Room In The Wallet?March 4th, 2014
If Joe has learned but one thing since launching this here corner of the Interwebs nearly six years ago, it is Bucs fans just love names they recognize. Ah hell, just cut Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson, so the Bucs can have the gratification of signing Peanut Tillman and Jarius Byrd.
Joe still hasn’t read a reasonable reason why the Bucs would want to get rid of — at worst — the second-best cover corner in the game. And yes, Bucs coach Lovie Smith plays a lot of man coverage with his corners.
(Someone recently tried to tell Joe that Tillman could “mentor” Revis. WHAT?!)
Pat Yasinskas of ESPN tackled recently soothed star struck Bucs fans recently explaining the Bucs have enough cash under the dreaded salary cap to sign recognizable free agents .
The Bucs can keep Revis (and his $16 million cap figure) and still have plenty of room to target the two veteran free agents and others. At the moment, the Bucs have $114.2 million committed toward a cap that’s expected to be $133 million. And I think the cap position will only get better. I suspect you’ll see a few high-priced offensive linemen get released or have their contracts restructured.
Age should keep the price for Allen and Tillman relatively low. The Bucs don’t want to overhaul their team with veteran free agents, but Allen and Tillman are likely exceptions to the rule. The Bucs have needs at defensive end and cornerback. Allen has history with defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Tillman played for coach Lovie Smith in Chicago.
Joe heard former Bucs scout, Jets player personnel director and current CBS Sports analyst and SiriusXM NFL Radio host Pat Kirwan talk about Allen. Kirwan believes, maybe, Allen has two years left in the tank. Allen, being such a driven, locker room guy, would be perfect to pair with Jadeveon Clowney.
Allen could show Clowney the ropes of professionalism and, if Clowney began taking off plays like he did at South Carolina, then Allen, in so many words, could threaten to shove a helmet up Clowney’s backside — sideways — if he didn’t put out on each play.
Yeah, Joe could only dream of having Allen and Clowney as bookends, even for two years. Would be nice.