Just Say No To Matt Jones

July 8th, 2009

Joe doesn’t understand why some think the Bucs are in such a great need of a receiver. 

Raheem the Dream panted earlier this summer over Plexiglass Burress and general manager Mark Dominik, likely after chatting up NFL warden Roger Goodell, threw cold water on The Dream’s lustful wishes.

But FoxSports.com’s Alex Marvez is like-minded thinking the Bucs need to sign a receiver. Marvez has the gall to suggest Matt Jones.

Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard are gone, leaving the Bucs with iffy veteran depth behind starters Michael Clayton and Antonio Bryant. 2008 second-round pick Dexter Jackson also may not be ready to contribute much yet.

Possible solution: Matt Jones. As evidenced by their recent interest in Plaxico Burress, the Bucs remain willing to take chances on talented-but-troubled players. Jones led Jacksonville in receiving last season but was released in March after violating his probation on a drug charge. Jones, 26, also would fit into Tampa Bay’s offseason youth movement that led to the release of such veterans as Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn.

In short, the Bucs don’t need this cokehead. Let Jones play for the UFL or he can team up with fellow lawbreaker Burress at a pen near you. No way the Bucs should have Jones on the roster.

13 Responses to “Just Say No To Matt Jones”

  1. Kirk Says:

    I respect your opinion, but you write in you column from time to time about your desire to drink beer. Do you drink and drive? Have you ever drank alcohol and driven a vehicle or did any drugs as a youth? If this guy is going through rehab (unknown) and trying to change, why not give him a chance? I’m no angel and have done some things not considered to be the best of choices. Can you really throw stones my man?

  2. Joe Says:


    Joe’s never done — or bought — coke.

  3. Kirk Says:

    I hear ya. Still doesn’t answer the question, is driving drunk any worse than packing your nose full of junk? Both are illegal.

  4. oar Says:

    Kirk, “Have you ever drank alcohol and driven a vehicle or did any drugs as a youth?” What is an age you consider youth? Matt was 25 at the time of his arrest and is 26 now(rehab). I did stupid things to in my youth(highschool and maybe first year of college), but come on man! Well I guess he did have a Razor-back for a mascot in college.

  5. Dee Says:

    The kneejerk reaction to drugs around here is ridiculous. Know who else did coke? Our current and former presidents. Both sides of the aisle, both with major achievements and flaws.

    This attitude Joe has isn’t useful for football analysis. Watch the player on the field and in the locker. How they unwind has nothing to do with me.

  6. Kirk Says:

    Oar….Yes, I did some very stupid and unwise things in my life when I was as old as 25 and nothing to proud of I might add. Now, I do not do drugs and if I choose to bend an elbow, I drink at home or my wife drives.
    I still believe people do unwise things they are sorry for later. If we kick everyone to the cub that has fu**ed up, there will be hardly anyone left on the sidewalk.

  7. Kirk Says:

    I agree Dee…. I surely don’t want someone on the team that will disrupt team chemistry, but great googly moogly, we have gotten to so intolerant.

  8. oar Says:

    Dee, “How they unwind has nothing to do with me.” or until they kill you or someone you know in a car wreck. My “knee jerk reaction” to drugs is I don’t care what you do in your off time, but you go out in public(where anyone of us can be) and I have issues, especially if you are driving under the influence of whatever. BTW those presidents suck/sucked.
    Kirk, I understand where you’re coming from(see above) and understand misstakes, but there has to be a time to grow up. It sucks I know, cause I had too!

  9. Kirk Says:

    oar…absolutely correct, we must all grow up start making responsible decisions. Part of making responsible decisions is to stop making self destructive decisions. If this guy Matt Jones wants to be a part of a football team, then knock off the bullspit.
    I don’t want these, drug, alcohol induced, wife beating people on the street where they may injuyr my family or friends.

  10. sam Says:

    Matt Jones to the Bucs –yes!

  11. paul Says:


  12. ebear Says:

    Im from AR where Matt Jones played college ball and my understanding of the events that got him in trouble was he was caught with some friends in Fayettville AR in a parked car,where he was a passenger. No it doesnt make it ok but from my understanding he was not driving. He went to court and because it was his first brush with the law they gave him the oppertunity to go to a court ordered rehab program. In which he did. He also chose to go through the NFL drug rehab program. He was doing fine in the rehab programs with one exception he played golf ith friend and had a beer or two. This violated his drug court probation. The NFL program he was going through had stated it was not a violation of probation to have an alcoholic drink. But it was in the State run drug rehab program. therfore he violated his probation and was in trouble again and was sent to jail. He said he was sorry he didnt realize it was a violation of his probation. Since then he has completed his Rehab and has kept his nose clean. He has been working out in Florida trying to get into football shape. Hoping for the chance t play again. Now how many of us have had a beer or two on the golf course? he didnt violate the terms of the NFL rehab program. Something else ive heard is he is lazy but I dont believe that he just looks like he is not trying but go back and look at some of his college highlight it looks like he is half trying but is running away from the defenders like they are sitting still. Well enough said I think if a team would give him a second chance they would be suprised. And I think he would be an compliment not a disruption….

  13. Buc Fan Says:

    LET HE WHO HAS NOT SINED CAST THE FIRST STONE. We need this guy, he can help us. Give him a chance.