Clifton Smith To Return?

October 19th, 2010 photo by Kyra Hallett

Last year the Bucs special teams was literally keeping them in games and flat out beat the Saints.

This year, it’s a different story.

Micheal Spurlock was supposed to make everyone forget Clifton Smith, who had a strong season in 2009, following his 2008 Pro Bowl effort. Smith and his concussed dome was cut by the Bucs in September, landed in Miami, and was cut by the Dolphins three weeks ago.

The colorful, now environmentally-friendly fellows at have published a story this afternoon that quotes an anonymous source telling them the Bucs are pursuing Smith.

Joe’s not surprised. Joe shot Smith a Twitter message last night asking him if the Bucs were coming after him. It seemed to make sense with Kareem Huggins going down with an injury.

Smith never replied to Joe, which Joe took as a sign there might be something brewing.

Now some might be thinking, ‘Hey Joe, Smith didn’t respond because he thinks you’re a cartoon-faced idiot.’ This might be true, but Joe highly doubts that, considering Smith is one of the nicest guys around and has always been acocomodating to Joe.

As for bringing him back to the Bucs, Joe’s all for giving him a shot.

16 Responses to “Clifton Smith To Return?”

  1. sunrisejeff Says:

    I’m all for it as well. IMO he’s a better return guy than Spurlock (although I do like what Spur is doing at WR) and he could also be used in some passing plays out of the backfield and/or screens. Just hope he can hold on to the ball.

  2. d-money Says:

    I’m all for it as long as he can keep from fumbling.

  3. Dave Says:

    All for it…. if he is healthy. Yes it helps the return game, but at this point, I think it is for RB depth with huggins gone and Caddy being the Clayton of RBs.

    I don’t know what they plan to do, but what they SHOULD do is get Blount in there more and more and more. So he doesn’t get the blitz pickups yet, so be it. Most rookies don’t but if they can run the ball most teams have no problem getting them 10+ touches a game.

    Look at Javhid Best, does any one really think he is picking up the blitz? No but they are still getting him touches. Same with Matthews in SD.

    They NEED to get Blount in there.

  4. Larry Says:

    I like Peanut – I wouldn’t mind seeing him back but at who’s expense? Who gets cut? I agree with giving Blount some time on the field.

  5. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    No one’s expense, Huggins is out for the year.

    If it is not Peanut, looks like King Dominik will be dredging over other teams practice squads again.

  6. bucfanjeff Says:

    Mistake, as he brings nothing to the team. He was released from 2 teams and not re-signed for a reason. 1 year wonder.

  7. eric Says:

    I support anybody nicknamed peanut!

  8. BamBamBuc Says:

    Jahvid Best picking up the blitz? I don’t know… maybe someone should find Matthew Stafford’s hospital room and ask him…. he hasn’t been seen for weeks with a dislocated shoulder. But Jahvid can run…..

  9. Pruritis Ani Says:

    “The colorful, now environmentally-friendly fellows at ”


    Good one Joe!

  10. BigMacAttack Says:

    Hey I agree with giving him another shot. Situations change aand the Bucs could use Clifton right about now.

  11. Pete Dutcher Says:

    bucfanjeff is about the only consistant poster in this thread, lol. Most of the people here screamed to cut Smith before…now they are doing a total change on what they said before, lol.

    I hated cutting him before, as my comments here attested. I said cutting him was a mistake. Need proof?

    How many kickoff returns for TDs have we had since he left?

    I thought so. 😛

  12. Pete Dutcher Says:

    The colorful, now environmentally-friendly fellows at have published a story this afternoon that quotes an anonymous source telling them the Bucs are pursuing Smith.

    Meaning they’re putting it out there themselves, so that if the Bucs bring him back they can tell subscribers they predicted it. And if the Bucs don’t, they say the “source” was mistaken.

    Hate those guys…

  13. Posey99 Says:

    Looks like we have magee from the chiefs instead

  14. ronnie Says:

    i think people need to know that last year with lost time he still lead the nfl in kr

  15. Patrick Says:

    I knew all along that Spurlock was no where near the caliber of Smith. Spurlock is okay, nothing great. He had that one return against the Saints last year and that was it.

  16. McBuc Says:

    Pat, the difference is contributuions in other areas. The Bucs do not trust Smith to run the ball, but they trust Spurlock to catch the ball. Spurlock also has not suffered a bunch on cconcusions, so they went with the healthier more versatile soultion.