Roy Cummings Talks To Joe

January 23rd, 2011

Joe often checks in with his beat writer brethren to talk Bucs football and kick around the latest buzz. Some of these guys are actually pretty cool. The esteemed Woody Cummings, of the The Tampa Tribune and, was gracious enough let Joe hit him up for a Q & A exclusively for readers. Below is Part I to enjoy on this championship Sunday. Part II will be here tomorrow.

Joe: The Bucs have huge decisions to make along the offensive line. Davin Joseph likely will command serious money in free agency, but he’s been hurt two of the past three years and the Bucs didn’t exactly suffer without him. Jeff Faine is a fat contract on the books for 2011, but he’s got a capable replacement on the roster and has missed a lot of games. What do you think the Bucs’ priorities are here?

Tampa Tribune beat writer Roy Cummings: I know for a fact that one of the Bucs’ stated priorities is to develop draft picks and retain them once they hit free agency. That would seem to answer the Joseph question. It does for me, anyway. Sure, Joseph has battled some injuries the past couple years, but he’s a Pro Bowl caliber guard and if they lose him they start cutting into their depth. You don’t want to do that. That’s why I think they’ll retain Jeff Faine as well. What a lot of people don’t realize is that Faine’s salary for 2011 is actually less than it was in 2010. He’s slated to make $4.575 million this year after making $5 million last year. So, I think he’ll be back, too.

Joe: We’re always hearing that the Bucs are “all about No. 5.” Do you think the Bucs are satisfied with Ryan Purvis and John Gilmore playing tight end behind a fragile Kellen Winslow?

Cummings: No I don’t, and I wrote as much in my Bucs Beat column. With Gilmore being a free agent and already in his early 30s I believe tight end is one of the real needs the Bucs have to address this offseason. They may go the free agent route here, because this year’s tight end draft class is not all that great. If not, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they spent a second- or third-round pick on a tight end.

Joe: There have been grumblings out of San Francisco that Jim Harbaugh could want Josh Johnson. Everybody’s got a price. What would it take for the Bucs to part with him?

Cummings: If it were me I’d be asking for a second or third-round draft pick, and here’s why. What are the Bucs supposed to do if Josh Freeman goes down? Pack it in, turn to Rudy Carpenter. No, they’re going to turn to Josh Johnson, who they drafted with the idea of developing. And they have developed him into a unique weapon. The Bucs have a lot of plays in their playbook for Johnson, so he’s a valuable commodity. You have to think that if the 49ers want Johnson it’s with an intent to make him their starting quarterback. If I’m the Bucs, I’m not in the business of giving away starting QBs to teams that I might be facing in the playoffs. I know Jim Harbaugh has a relationship with Johnson that dates back to college, but I find it a hard sell for Harbaugh to come in and say we’re going to build our team around this guy I had in college. I may be wrong, but I don’t think Johnson’s going anywhere. At least not for a year or two.

7 Responses to “Roy Cummings Talks To Joe”


    I don’t think Harbaugh can justify giving up a 2nd or 3rd round pick for a 7th round
    QB who has never won a game.

    Plus, I want to see what Olson can do with JJ in the role he has now…

  2. Larry Says:

    I’m not so sure about that last part, Roy. Josh will want to move on after next season because he wants to start. I think Dominik will try to maximize his trade value and make a deal. We don’t need another pick, merely a swap of 1st round picks will do for their starting QB. If they drafted a QB in the 1st round, the 49rs wouldn’t get the value they would get with JJ.

  3. Tom Says:

    One thing I love about Roy Cummings is he is almost guaranteed to make a statement in every article or interview that makes you think he’s retarded.

    So you wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucs spent a premium pick for a backup TE when there are massive needs at DE, LB, S, OL and CB? Really Roy? You know, Gerald McCoy and Brian Price could go down again next year, why don’t we spend a premium pick on another DT while we’re at it?

    BTW Josh Johnson was a 5th round pick, not a 7th.

  4. gitarlvr Says:

    The Bucs need to resign John Gilmore. He is a good blocking tight end and showed this year that he has the goods to be an option in the passing game too if Olson simply chooses to utilize him. Im sure he can be resigned for cheap.

  5. gitarlvr Says:

    Also Ryan Purvis from what I understand is well rounded at catching\blocking if not exactly a standout at either. Certainly the TE passing attack would not be the same if Winslow got hurt but what are they gonna do? Attempt to sign Zach Miller to a huge contract to sit behind Kellen Winslow? Please. If they are gonna sign a free agent TE to a modest contract it might as well be Gilmore, the guy who already knows the offense. He is as good as any of the lower priced free agent TE’s who will be on the market. And going TE early in the draft? 4th round or beyond sounds better to me. 2nd round? Really? A real badass first round tight end would have to fall all the way to the Bucs in the second round for that to even be a remote possibility.

  6. 2 Buc Bill Says:

    i would be disappointed if we used even 1 draft pick on a TE…that would be a luxury pick which would be better spent on a change of pace RB, or even DB to add depth…no thanks on TE

  7. BucsNBeer Says:

    Plus we’ve been using Lorig as a TE sometimes, no? It just seems there are so many more important needs at that position.