Dekoda Watson’s Agent Is SmilingJune 17th, 2013
Joe always gets a laugh when he hears Bucs fans blubber about how the strongside linebacker in the Bucs’ 4-3 defense — Raheem/Gruden/Dungy or New Schiano Order regimes — isn’t a big deal.
Well, it is considered a big deal by the organization.
If you need evidence, just look to rockstar general manager Mark Dominik guaranteeing Quincy Black $11 million or so before the 2011 season (not the GM’s finest hour), or take how aggressively the Bucs pursued Cato June in 2007, and then quickly signed him away from the Super Bowl champs to a $12 million contract.
This season, the Bucs are issuing clear signs they hope fourth-year pro Dekoda Watson emerges into a strongside linebacker beast. And if so, Watson will walk into a massive payday.
Watson only just turned 25. And last week Greg Schiano called him an “elite” special teams player.
That adjective surely had Watson’s agent foaming at the wallet.
If Watson only has a decent season in 2013, his special teams prowess — and age — will put him in demand around the NFL.
Again, while many fans don’t believe the Bucs value the position, Joe disagrees. And Joe believes the Bucs will invest in Watson if he proves to be a solid starter. But first Watson has to win the job, something he couldn’t wrestle away from Adam Hayward last season.