“I Want To Stay”

June 28th, 2011

Fit and feisty, Davin Joseph told the media he wants to stay in Tampa.

Joe knows most free agents want to remain with their teams or at least want to talk the good game to keep their options open and negotiating power in tact.

But Davin Joseph sure seemed genuine in his desire to stay with the Bucs today while speaking to a gaggle of media at the Bucs’ players-only workouts in Bradenton.

“I want to stay,” Joseph said.

But he admitted the NFL is a business and he has to look out for both himself and his family. Joseph suspected that if the asinine lockout drags on, that will mean very short window for teams to sign free agents after a new CBA is reached and, subsequently, there won’t be much of a free agent pool.

“I think you will see a lot of guys stay with their teams,” Joseph said.

Joe’s a big fan of Joseph, but Joe keeps coming back to him getting injured quite often through his career. 

The Bucs would seemingly be wise to lock him up, but Joe’s not going to cry if he’s gone, assuming the rest of the offensive line depth stays in tact. Derek Hardman fought off Ndamukong Suh quite well starting for Joseph, and the Bucs have other guys that can step up.

14 Responses to ““I Want To Stay””

  1. K2theSoldier Says:

    Are these practices open to the public? I’d love to head over and watch for the day.

  2. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    They’re not open to the public. You’ll have to some quality BS game to get past security. Good luck.

  3. K2theSoldier Says:

    Damn, maybe I’ll disguise myself as an undrafted punter looking to try out.

  4. Dave Says:

    Even with his injury issues, I believe they lock him up. He fits their game and system to a tee. Plus, with him back the OG depth is outstanding. The same at OT if Trueblood comes back.

    Seems like Trueblood is more likely to come back (maybe a little cheaper) if Jospeh comes back as well.

  5. Dave Says:


    How does Huggins look? Is he running and does he look quick?

    Every one wants a 3rd down guy and they seem to forget that the Bucs MIGHT already have that guy….. although I assume Locke, Devine, Rogers…. one of them will be offered a spot in training camp.

  6. Hunter Says:

    @Dave: Jacquizz Rodgers? He was drafted by the Falcons…

  7. Capt.Tim Says:

    Davin Joseph is a guy I want on the team. I don’t think he’s ever lived up to his draft status, but he does play hard. I don’t think he’s our starter, but he’s great for depth

  8. Kryq Says:

    Yeah I would like to know the status of Huggins, and what the team may do with him after the lockout.

  9. RastaMon Says:

    You’d have to be stupid and permantely branded as thus… not wanting to strap on and play offense with Freeman….
    where after every play everyone returns to the huddle with a shared grin…..

  10. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    It is very simple: dj will get big money offers, so will Riis, if he is an unrestricted fa. If the bucs are forced to spend to get up to a real salary floor, they will probably have to make solid offers to dj, Ruud and caddy.

    Dj and Barrett and borderline pro bowlers who will draw interest, and if they sign elsewhere this team will be weakened and a competitor strengthened.

    You sheep be careful with being lured into a glazer mentality where you think that all vets get replaced in their late 20’s when the market commands a big payday. Turnstile rosters do not win in this league. Veteran leadership, supplemented by a variety of other talented players and a proven coach is the formula.

  11. Joe Says:


    How does Huggins look? Is he running and does he look quick?

    Joe rarely got to see him. Spoke to him briefly when he was leaving the field, “Hi Kareem, how ‘ya doing?” that kind of thing. For the most part, the running backs and the quarterbacks were working out at the far ends of the fields where reporters weren’t allowed to go. So sans binoculars, you couldn’t tell who was doing what because players weren’t wearing numbers.

  12. Bucnjim Says:

    Ruud borderline Pro Bowler? The have him listed as number 38 on the free agent list! Anyone that could even sniff a pro bowl is top 5!

    Thomas; you sure do love you some sheep! I think I saw your mug shot on mourning cup of Joe a few days ago.

  13. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Guards the quality and still young age of Joseph aren’t left to just fall into unrestricted free agency very often, and if he’s allowed to test the market he’s gone. Someone will pony up BIG bucks for him. There’s a good reason he was a first round pick and a Pro Bowl selection. Letting him go would be the height of stupidity. Ruud somewhat less so, but he’s still a valuable asset to this team.

  14. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I hope Tampa keeps Joseph. I think his best days are still to come.