The Lesson Of Brandon McDonaldApril 21st, 2013
Raise your hand if you remember the Bucs’ opening day nickel cornerback last season.
That would be Brandon McDonald, who was cut by the Bucs after the 2012 preseason, re-signed, and later cut again in November in favor of LeQuan Lewis, who was a member of Greg Schiano’s not-so-fearsome foursome, “E.J., Leonard, Danny and LeQuan.” And oh by the way, Lewis was released a couple of months ago.
The point is the Bucs went into opening day last season, opening day, thin at cornerback. That really can’t happen again. They must learn from last year’s painful rollout of the worst secondary in Buccaneers history.
The New Schiano Order and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik have made it clear they want Ronde Barber on the roster. And Barber has made it clear his decision is up in the air.
Well, in Joe’s mind the game has now changed. The Bucs have Darrelle Revis recovering from major knee surgery and no first-round draft pick, so in Joe’s mind it’s got to be an absolute priority to get Barber committed before this week’s NFL draft.
If the Bucs really want Barber (And they should; the guy still makes plays), they must pursue him all out immediately. Pay Barber more money, if necessary. Take Revis to his house for a meet and greet tomorrow. Get on your knees and beg. Promise Barber a spot in the Ring of Honor this year. Let him pick the room temperature in defensive backs meetings. Joe doesn’t care what it takes.
Joe’s learned the lesson of Brandon McDonald. Barber’s a lot better than McDonald, and the Bucs should be moving desperately to secure his services.