Roy Miller Wants To Stay In TampaFebruary 12th, 2013
Bucs defensive tackle Roy Miller is sort of the forgotten free agent. With Ronde Barber and Michael Bennett each having their contracts come to an end, it is sort of easy to forget Miller could leave as well.
Now Joe has been told both on the record and off the record by Bucs coaches and suits how much they worship Miller’s play last year, as the Bucs were the top team in the NFL at stopping the run. Joe is not making this up when he says his sources just lit up when describing Miller’s play.
So it was a bit surprising yesterday to read Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times claim that the Bucs and Miller’s representatives have not had serious contract talks.
In a few weeks, Miller becomes an unrestricted free agent. Despite that, we’ve learned there have been no substantive contract talks between Miller and the Bucs, calling into question the team’s commitment to re-signing its 2009 third-round pick.
And as Holder points out, there is still plenty of time. Today is Feb. 12, a month from the start of free agency, March 12. It only takes a few hours to hammer out a contract if both sides are on the same page.
Late last night, Miller himself took to Twitter and explained how much he wants to stay with the Bucs.
@THE_ROY_V: I’m really ok I was joking but I cant wait to be past this part and be apart [sic] of this great movement that is going 2 happen in Tampa next yr!
The “joking” element Miller referred to was a previous Twitter post where he claimed if no NFL team wanted him, he would play professional rugby.
If it is true that Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik hasn’t had “substantive” talks, that just tells Joe that Dominik is playing poker.
Could Joe see some team overpay for Bennett? Sure. Can Joe see a team overpay for Miller? No. Given how valuable he was against the run and how he kept traffic off of Gerald McCoy, probably his best friend (the two are really tight), Joe would be pretty surprised if Miller walked, especially given how much he wants to continue his days with the Bucs.