“You know, I Hope So”

February 10th, 2012

Former Bucs stud linebacker and current Bucs director of pro scouting, Shelton Quarles, was asked today whether he thinks Tampa Bay will be players in free agency next month.

The answer to WDAE-AM 620 host Dan Sileo? “You know, I hope so,” Quarles said.

Joe got a chuckle out of that one.

Quarles said he and his staff are “grinding on tape” at One Buc Palace analyzing potential free agents daily from “before the sun comes up to after the sun goes down.”

The bell rings on unrestricted free agency in 32 days.

37 Responses to ““You know, I Hope So””

  1. Macabee Says:

    I didn’t get all warm and fuzzy from that response. From what we’ve heard from Mark Dominik recently, that should have been a resounding “Yes we are!”. With FA beginning on March 13, you would think Shelton and his staff would have been given specific instructions on which positions to research and put together an acquisition strategy to get targeted FAs. I hope he was just a bit under the weather and didn’t feel like talking. Otherwise same ole same ole!

  2. big007hed Says:

    The Bucs dont have to wait that long they can sign Routt now… not as #1 CB but as a very solid #2

  3. K2theSoldier Says:

    Routt was cut for a reason…………………

  4. Snook Says:

    I think the real question to Q should be:

    “Can you play MLB for us?”

  5. Occassionally Right Says:

    Routt is not a great CB…he is middle ground at best…not too bad, but not too good either. I think his height is an issue as well, and if so, we play some tall WRs in our division.

  6. Brown Bag Says:

    Routt needs to clear waivers first. That is the main reason he was cut – didn’t perform near his pay level.

    Big pay-cuts can be inspirations to those that want to prove dejectors wrong.

  7. mark2001 Says:

    I hope it is “hope so” only because the FA’s must decide to come here and sign the contract.

    If it is “hope so” because we aren’t sure about “Mark Dom Corleone” and “The Three Glazers” being willing to, I think we have nearly insurmountable problems.

  8. Big Marlon B Says:

    yea K2, Routt was cut for a reason….senile Al Davis signed him to a deal where he was averaging well over $10 mil per lol. he is a decent #2, not a #1….and certainly not at a cap # of $10 mil+

  9. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Rumors of Derrick Brooks joining the Buc’s staff as a coach are circulating !

  10. Big Marlon B Says:

    Routt does NOT have to clear waivers. he was cut outright, not placed on waivers. his agent already said he has visits lined up (i believe) with Buffalo and Tennessee. u cannot have meetings set up with teams if u are subjected to waiver claims. besides….even if HE WAS put on waivers, WHICH HE ISN’T, nobody would claim him at his current number anyway. he doesn’t have to wait until March to sign like all of the upcoming Unrestricted Free Agents….that is when their current contracts expire technically, so that’s why the free agency period starts then. players cut now are free to sign with whoever they choose….much like Sean Rogers was last year.

  11. bucfanjeff Says:

    @Apple Roof Cleaning – qualify that with facts.

  12. bucfanjeff Says:

    Routt gets beat deep a lot. We have that in Talib already.

  13. big007hed Says:

    Big Marlon B is right on 2 fronts: he was cut b/c his contract had him as one of the highest paid CBs in the league and he is not on waivers he was cut straight up and is free to sign as of today…. He would provide great depth and especially with all of the 3 and 4 WR sets having quality depth (which Biggers and Lewis are not) is crucial

  14. Buczilla Says:

    @ mark2001 I think you nailed it on the head with your “hope so” analysis. For those that did not hear the interview in its entirety, Shelton definitely gave the impression that they would be active players in free agency.

    The “hope so” was when Dan asked him if they would be landing free agents. So to the point – It takes two to tango. Let’s hope Rock Star and company can get their sales guy mojo kickin’ in high gear! Mr. Quarles knows what a player that will embrace the Buccaneer way should look like. Heck, he may be the poster child for it!

  15. Snook Says:

    “Rumors of Derrick Brooks joining the Buc’s staff as a coach are circulating!”

    Circulating where? I seriously doubt it.

  16. Meh Says:

    Circulating here, and nowhere else. lol.

  17. ClayBURN94 Says:

    @appleroofcleaning you hear that cleaning someones roof today?

  18. SensibleBuc Says:

    Speaking of rumors: Mike Sullivan (Giants) interviewing for the OC position

  19. big007hed Says:

    @SensibleBuc where did u see that?

  20. ClayBURN94 Says:

    @sensiblebuc ya i dont see that anywhere…

  21. raphael Says:

    profootballtalk.com is reporting Sullivan interviewing for OC

  22. jLM Says:

    Just google his name and it’s there.

  23. raphael Says:

    btw …Oakland COULD BE cutting Michael Huff and Aaron Curry

  24. big007hed Says:

    @raphael The Commish posted an article with his thoughts on the Raider cuts… how interested should the Bucs be in any of the guys?

  25. eric Says:

    Wow Sullivan would be a great hire.

    I dont know what you guys were so worried about!


  26. BucFan South Tampa Says:


    Sullivan interviewing for OC posn. PFT article linked.

  27. Bucboi2280 Says:

    @ joe, whats up with the reports from PFT about the Giants WR coach Mike Sullivan interviewing for OC job. Good thing or Bad?

  28. raphael Says:

    @big007hed I would say Huff for sure and maybe Curry. Curry was the 4th overall pick a few years ago and he ain’t worth 8.5 million he is due. If we could get him at a lot less money then yeah…The problem is money might have caused his bad play in Seatle…

  29. BucFan South Tampa Says:

    Looks like Rachel Nichols from ESPN twittered it. No real story out there just yet. I wonder if Ira Kaufman can step away from the bar at Green Iguana long enough to check it out. Prob not.

  30. jvato24 Says:

    I Get the feeling there may be some decent releases in near future throughout NFL. Wont take much at all to upgrade LB.

    Bucs LB core right now

    SLB – Quincy Black, Dekoda Watson
    MLB – Mason Foster, Jacob Cutreras
    WLB – Adam Hayward,Rennie Curran

    Holy Sh*t, Am i missing anyone or is that really our LB Core ???

  31. big007hed Says:

    @raphael Huff interests me but Curry has done nothing since coming into the league, he reminds me of Hayes except drafted higher

  32. OAR Says:

    Mike Sullivan? Road to Perdition here we come!

  33. mark2001 Says:

    Give Josh Jermichael Findley and a top tier WR. Add a good Linebacker and Corner. And do the rest through the draft…another corner/LB/Safety, speed back, and I think we would be going in the right direction.

  34. raphael Says:

    @big007hed I agree …

  35. MTM Says:

    Sheltons comments on FA are employee speek for NFW.

  36. Patrick Says:

    I’d keep Hayes for depth and cut Black. He’s cheaper and better. Hayes was a 6th round pick so I really don’t think we can be too hard on him

  37. Vince Says:

    Albeit few and far between, Hayes has made more splash plays than Black. Keep Hayes, dump Black.