Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

February 27th, 2009
Among the non-big name free agents the Bucs are reported to be eyeing is Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington.

Among the non-big name free agents the Bucs are reported to be eyeing is Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington.

As Randy Cross of Sirius NFL Radio suggested yesterday, don’t expect the Bucs to go crazy in free agency now that the Bucs didn’t land the big fish, Albert Haynesworth.

Peter King of, who ironically once a week co-hosts “The Opening Drive” on NFL Radio with Bob Papa and Cross, wrote today on his site that the Bucs, despite being a record amount under the cap, won’t be spending like the proverbial drunken sailor.

Tampa Bay, a record $61 million under the salary cap after purging everyone but the office secretaries this week, was targeting New Orleans middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma and Pittsburgh wide receiver Nate Washington. The Bucs don’t want to hit home runs in free agency, but rather doubles with solid players they don’t have to overpay.

This is somewhat smart. Get good if not decent second tier players and then if the Bucs can hit home runs in the draft the next two years (Joe fully expects the Bucs to have a lousy record in 2009 thus a good spot in the draft in 2010), it will go a long way to getting the Bucs back in the playoffs in 2011 and beyond.

Yes, you read that right, 2011.

2 Responses to “Don’t Get Your Hopes Up”

  1. JK Says:

    Joe, that’s not what the Dream said at their news conference. He said they would be competing for championships year in and year out. Don’t you believe him? We got rid of everything that’s wrong with this team, didn’t we? According to Morris we are not rebuilding. Just going in a different direction. We got rid of that lying Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen. It’s all good now. Just about everyone in Tampa town got what they wanted. Especially the Glazers. Look at that cap space grow. I wonder what the boys will do with all that extra money. Maybe buy a baseball team. They don’t have one of those yet. One thing is for sure. They don’t spend on big name free agents. They never have and never will. I was watching the Bucs news conference last night on As I was watching the Dream speak I scrolled down the page. At the bottom was the season ticket waiting list. They have pictures of players on tickets promoting the Bucs. Garcia, Brooks, and Galloway are used as promotions to sell season tickets. What a slap in the face for those guys. I guess their official web site hasn’t started in that new direction yet.

  2. MTM Says:

    The Glazers talk like politicians. They tell you what you want to hear. But have no intentions of following through with their statements. I don’t want to hear say I have no idea what they are going to do. All I can say is scoreboard.