Win-Now Message Heard Loud And ClearAugust 26th, 2014
This Tim Wright + fourth round draft pick trade with the Patriots for Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins has Joe fired up.
What a move! What a win-now statement on top of plenty of other win-now moves by the Lovie Smith-Jason Licht regime.
Lovie and Licht said months ago they didn’t think it was fair to expect patience from Bucs fans, and they have walked the walk.
Lovie also said the Bucs had no reason not to spend every nickel of available salary cap, and Mankins’ $6 million contract minus Wright’s pay eats up about half of what the Bucs still had available to spend this season.
On top of that, the Falcons and Panthers have offensive line issues, and they didn’t get Mankins.
The fourth-round pick isn’t much, and though Wright is a legitimate talent, so is Mankins. And Joe can’t imagine a greater upgrade that could have been made today to the offensive line. Mankins should make those around him better, just like a healthy Carl Nicks would have.
And Joe likes the bonus of Mankins being a good citizen, an anti-Incognito if you will.