Free Agent CB Doesn’t Seem To Be A PriorityMarch 27th, 2013
Joe knows Bucs fans repeatedly hit that F5 button while on JoeBucsFan.com because they yearn not just for Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik to sign any warm body who plays cornerback but to consummate a trade with the Jets for Darrelle Revis.
Bucs fans may be in for a long wait, per Joe’s various research and sources. And eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune cautions Bucs fans clamoring for a quick fix.
Until the Bucs know whether Revis is theirs, they’re not going to be ultra-aggressive in signing free agent cornerbacks. This process could take awhile.
The evidence reinforces Kaufman’s point. It is clear by now that, more than two weeks after the free agent dinner bell rang, Dominik is not pursuing any free agent corners, at least not full throttle. And, yes, Dominik knows how awful his current crop of corners is. He has publicly stated the group needs an upgrade.
This tells Joe Dominik thinks he can get as good (for the price) or better corners in the draft than what is currently on the street.
This brings Joe to Eric Wright, who Bucs fans want Wright in line applying for unemployment more than they want Dominik to upgrade the corner position.
The fact Wright, after losing his grievance against the Bucs that allows Dominik to cut him and void the second year of his two-year contract, is still on the roster tells Joe Dominik thinks Wright is as good if not better than any corner currently on the free agent market.
So unless Revis lands at One Buc Palace, Joe isn’t seeing Dominik signing a corner before the draft, which is just under a month away.
As Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com wrote yesterday, “It’s really not hard to find a cornerback this year. It’s hard to find a really good one.”