What To Do With Cadillac Williams?

February 15th, 2011

There are few bigger fan favorites than Cadillac Williams, and what’s not to like? The dude came off two massive knee injuries to become a productive part-time player.

That’s just it: part-time. When he and Earnest Graham made up the backfield for the Bucs there were few worse productive running attacks in the NFL. Not until LeGarrette Blount was unleashed did the Bucs offense take off and this was no coincidence.

So what should the Bucs do with Cadillac Williams? Video star Anwar Richardson and Woody Cummings, colleagues at the Tampa Tribune, tackle this subject in the latest TBO Bucs vlog.

Please monitor the video and let Joe know what you think. Believe it or not, Joe agrees with both Cummings and Richardson.

28 Responses to “What To Do With Cadillac Williams?”

  1. jvato24 Says:

    Im not able to see the video .. But I think he was a great 3rd Down Back similar to what Pittman became and averaged like 6 YPC. Blount could use a guy like Caddy around or we may lose Both.

    I believe Caddy will keep Blount grounded and Freeman upright while being a key 3rd down contributor.

    The only player in the draft that is decent and can block is the kid Oklahoma State Kendall Hunter, but he is a 3rd Rd pick which might be high for a RB this year.

  2. Jo_mama Says:

    We can always pick up a running back.

    If you have a solid passing attack you can plug almost anyone in there.

    Look at Danny Woodhead in NE. 180 pounds 5 foot 7.

    Plus we need someone who can catch the ball and Blount can’t catch.

  3. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Hard to say Blount can’t catch when they only threw him the ball once or twice and he caught one. …They said Caddy couldn’t catch either and he’s been reliable out of the backfield.

  4. jvato24 Says:

    Many RBs coming out of college in a system where they did not have to catch take some time to develop into a quality receiver .. I believe Blount will be a monster if he picks it up ..

  5. Capt.Tim Says:

    It would fun to see Blount in the flats, with space.I believe he can catch. It’s the blocking scheme he needs to work on. And short yardage. But he can get all of that, as long as he keeps his head together. I hope so! I really like seeing that guy on the field!

  6. SigMa Says:

    Keep Carnell. Awesome 3rd down back, great role-model and leader for Blount. He can read the defense and block. Investing in Carnell is investing in keeping Freeman up right.

  7. pick6 Says:

    an inspirational and team leader who will take as few or as many snaps as you give him, with no chance of him demanding overpayment? you keep him. the way caddy has rounded his game out, he has gone from being one of the most disappointing starters in the NFL to being one of its most useful complementary backs – he’s out there pass protecting and he had almost as many receiving yards as rushing yards. it probably means the end of graham if any FB pans out, but i think caddy is a guy you keep around to point to and say “this man is a buccaneer. if you want to wear the jersey proudly you copy this man’s attitude and work like he works.”

  8. Jo_mama Says:

    Check blounts stats in College he could not catch there either.

    He caught 4 balls his entire DIV 1 A Career.

  9. Not A Rocket Surgeon Says:

    If you had to choose between EG @ $3.05 million (he’s due that in 2011) or Caddy for the same price – what do ya do?

  10. oar Says:

    Peterbilt needs a Caddy!

  11. Ravelston Says:

    Jo_mama: He caught 4 balls his entire DIV 1 A Career.

    Doesn’t tell you anything about his catching ability. The Ducks hardly ever throw to running backs. (LaMichael James went his entire career there without a catch.) Need to know how often the ball was thrown to him to get an idea if he can catch.

  12. Guest#27 Says:

    Keep him, we have the lowest payroll in the NFL, there should be no excuse not to re-sign him. Who’s money you saving anyway? They aren’t giving you any discounts on tickets that aren’t in the upper deck.

  13. Sheriff Farley Says:

    Keep Caddy is he’s not too expensive. There might be some bottom-feeder teams that will go after him. But he might want to stay on a contender, rather than get paid more to sweep the floor.

  14. Capt.Tim Says:

    What ya do with Caddy is this. Ya pat him on the back, tell him you apPreciate what he’s done here. You tell him we are gonna extend his career and knees by using him as a reciever out of the backfield. And ya sign him to a decent 3 year contract. He continues to produce as a change up back, a blocker, and a WR out Of the backfield. He also mentors our talent and emotionally turbulent young battering ram- which makes Caddy priceless. He had some good runs, while teamed with Blount. Just might wanna have another back in the Stable- say, Lumpkin and that Lil Huggins guy everybody fawns over!

  15. Macabee Says:

    Here’s how you decide between EG and caddy. Let’em both go to Tampa Bay and drop their anchors over. If EG sez “wata’s cold” and Caddy sez “yeah, and it deep too!” You keep Caddy!

  16. Bob Says:

    Turn the question around.. I know we don’t even want to think this but what happens to the team if Blount goes down? Can Caddy or Ernest achieve the same results or do we really need to get a big, strong, fast everydown back like Ingram or Leshoure in the draft? If so, do we still need both Ernest and Cadillac or just one as a backup?

  17. lakeland bob Says:

    Caddy has worked hard enough to deserve a new comtract as long as he doesn’t get greedy.He has turned into an excellent blocker and he proved last year that he’s willing to be a role player.Still to early to trade in Caddy.Have to side with Woody on this one.

  18. bucfanjeff Says:

    Sign him to a 2 year, $3 million contract…because that’s about all he’s worth. He doesn’t have the speed or power to play much more than an average RB for a year or two. Sorry Caddy, but you have minimal value.

  19. eric Says:

    What would the great teams do?

    Sign Caddy of course. Can’t have too many RB’s.

  20. Derf Says:

    Eric wrote: “What would the great teams do?

    Sign Caddy of course. Can’t have too many RB’s.”

    Eric remember this IS the Bucs you’re writing about.

  21. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I say sign him, I could not imagine Tampa w/o our Cadillac. His value to Tampa is intangible as a leader, much like Derrick Brooks was. We can afford him, and he still has some gas in the tank.


    @Macabee…nice Richard Pryor reference! havent thought about Mudbones in years!!

  23. Mr. Lucky Says:

    @Capt Tim – I couldn’t agree more.

    Hope you’re feeling better.

  24. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I think Caddy is a wonderful person and an inspirational leader on this team…however I also have to agree with Anwar. As much as I love Caddy, he is not anywhere near worth more than a million per year. 3.5 million? No way.

    He just isn’t worth that much. There comes a time when you have to let go, and I think this is the time for Bucs fans when we are talking about Caddy.

    What I think will actually happen though is Caddy will test the market, not get any good offers because the league still views him as injury prone, and will resign with the Bucs at a lower cost.

    However, I also think that Raheem felt that way about Blount and his catching ability because they did not have time in hte offseason to work with him. That will not be the case this year, and he might surprise them.

    I think Graham needs to be cut loose too. I think we need a very hard hitting lead blocker at Fullback, and Graham is not that. Remeber when we had Lorenze Neal? (sp?) If Blount had someone like that lead blocking for him, it would be like plowing the field.

  25. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I’m pretty sure we would be fine if we did lose Caddy, but emotionally I am not ready to get rid of him yet. He is one of my all time favorite Buccaneers, and I think he still has some gas in the tank (pun intended). There is no doubt we can find another RB with just as much skill, but I doubt he will mean as much to this team as Caddy does.

  26. Capt.Tim Says:

    Mr. Lucky- thanks a lot! Nah, I’m back in the damn hospital again- toted by Ambulance for 2nd time in my life! I’m turning into a damn Goldfish on land lately!! Thanks for the thoughts! Don’t know how I’d pass the time here without being able ta read JoeBuc!

  27. oar Says:

    Wow and bummer! Here’s to wishing you well, brother!

  28. Capt.Tim Says:

    Thank you very much ,Oar. Talking Buc Football with you guys is just priceless to me right now. Thanks!