The Bucs And John AbrahamMarch 10th, 2013
The choice to, for all intents and purposes, let defensive end Michael Bennett walk away by Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik makes Joe scratch his head.
No, Bennett was not a first round draft choice, nor a second round draft choice. He was picked up off the rookie free agent scrap heap. Yet this free agent turned into a helluva defensive end.
No, he’s not Reggie White, but he’s the best the Bucs have, consider:
* Da’Quan Bowers has yet to play a full season, is playing on a knee that made him drop from maybe the first overall choice in the 2011 draft to a second round pick. Oh, and there’s that gun hassle in New York he is facing that may cause him to lose unknown playing time in 2014.
* Adrian Clayborn is coming off a nasty knee injury and surgery. There’s no way of knowing if he can bounce back to 100 percent. If someone suggests he will, Joe wants to know who this man is and Joe will hire him and his crystal ball to buy stocks. Anyone who dismisses Clayborn’s return as trivial has been visiting one of the fortune tellers on Madeira Beach.
There has been scuttlebutt that the Bucs are sniffing former Dixie Chicks defensive end John Abraham; one of a few teams rumored to be interested in Abraham. Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com looks at Abraham’s suitors.
Tampa Bay: Defensive end Michael Bennett appears headed for free agency after a nine-sack season in 2012. Tampa Bay has the salary cap room to re-sign Bennett so either the Bucs knows something that interested suitors don’t or have made a poor talent evaluation. Defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers were Tampa Bay’s first- and second-round draft picks in 2011. Clayborn is coming off a season-ending knee injury; Bowers was arrested this offseason in Queens, N.Y. for bringing a loaded gun to the airport. Abraham would provide insurance in case there are issues with either player and serve as a nice complement off the bench in pass-rushing situations.
Interesting that Marvez mentioned the Bucs. He may know something no one else does about Bennett. Frankly, Joe never thought of that angle. What that may be, well, you may have to revisit that Madeira Beach fortune teller.
Joe listened to Bill Polian recently on SiriusXM NFL Radio and Polian believes Abraham has little left in the tank. Polian suggested anything more than 15 plays a game for Abraham and towards the end of the season, Abraham will be on fumes.
Unless the Bucs think they can get a bargain with Abraham, and Bennett would be getting too high of a bid from other teams, this move still puzzles. Joe.