The Countdown: Worst 20 Buccaneers Of The Past 10 Years — No. 2

July 23rd, 2014

The popular NFL Top-Whatever craze got Joe thinking of the anemic Tampa Bay teams of the past 10 years. Not a Bucs playoff victory since their Super Bowl glory. Ugh!

That motivated Joe to gather with his senior and junior level staff and rank the 20 worst Buccaneers of those seasons. Serious deliberations went down at world headquarters. Beer bottles were thrown. Game film came out. Arguments ensued.

One sour young female employee cursed up a storm when told Kenyatta Walker wasn’t a finalist.

In the end, primary consideration was given to expectations combined with on-field performance. Off-field behavior was a factor, and players were not punished for injuries.

No. 2— cornerback Eric Wright (2012-2013)

It’s time to reflect back to a disgusting moment in Bucs history, courtesy of Adderall-popping, suspension-serving, arrest-happy cornerback Eric Wright.

A big money free agent in 2012, Wright was serving an NFL drug suspension when he sent out this December gem on Twitter — the day before his Bucs brothers, battling for a playoff spot, headed to the slaughterhouse in New Orleans.

@EWrighteous21 — Sometimes you just need a change of pace.. Taking @LaTanyaWright to Laguna for the weekend.. Spa weekend, shopping and good food #RelaxMode

What a teammate! What a douche!

Wright started his Bucs career with a mysterious absence from preseason training. Then he went on to help lead the second-worst secondary in the history of the NFL before getting suspended for four games late in the season.

Somehow, Greg Schiano and former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik decided they wanted to bring back Wright last season at a reduced salary, despite trumpeting to all who would listen that the new Buccaneers would be filled with “Buccaneer Men” and guys who “loved football.” (For that move, Dominik and Schiano both should have been drug tested.)

For a typical Wright ending, he enjoyed his second DUI arrest as a Buccaneer last summer, and then was promptly sent packing.

Wright surely wasn’t the worst Buccaneer on the field, but overall he’s deserving of his No. 2 rank.

No. 3 — Jeff Jagodzinski
No. 4 — Albert Haynesworth
No. 5 — Sabby Piscitelli
No. 6 — Myron Lewis
No. 7 — Byron Leftwich
No. 8 — Edell Shepherd
No. 9 — Jerramy Stevens
No. 10 — Jim Bates
No. 11 — Gaines Adams
No. 12 — Keydrick Vincent
No. 13 — Dre Moore
No. 14 —Kevin Ogletree
No. 15 – Sean Mahan
No. 16 — Da’Quan Bowers
No. 17 — Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
No. 18 — Kyle Moore
No. 19 – Jeremy Trueblood
No. 20 – Michael Clayton

The Countdown: Worst 20 Buccaneers Of The Past 10 Years will run once or twice daily until No. 1 is revealed on Thursday, July 24.

74 Responses to “The Countdown: Worst 20 Buccaneers Of The Past 10 Years — No. 2”

  1. mike n Says:

    What a waste. A definite top 10 loser buc.

  2. You Go Joe Says:

    Don’t forget he signed with the 49ers after we cut him, then got put on IR-non football….THEN only to retire last month. what a bum.

  3. BucsRokk26 Says:

    The common thread to the majority of the players and coaches on this list is…The GM formerly known as “Rock Star”!

  4. RCH Says:

    I’m going to guess Freeman is #1

  5. Mark from the Block Says:

    If it’s not Dexter Jackson, color me pissed…. Should have been DeSean Jackson

  6. Bob Digital Says:

    I have Sneaking suspicion that Schiano isn’t making this list, which is just bananas.

  7. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Great pick! After VJax and Carl Nicks, both signings I loved, this was King Flop of all flops made by Dom. Maybe except for the Revis debacle. Sheesh.

  8. Jason Says:

    I’m with you Mark from the Block, it’s GOT to be Dexter Jackson.

  9. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Freeman should absolutely be #1. 5 years of Bucs history down the drain.

  10. Tom Says:

    Like the arrival of Santa on Christmas, I’ve been waiting excitedly for the egregious Eric Wright to grace this list with his presence.

    What a horrible signing. Apart from one play, this guy was easily my most hated Buccaneer while he was on the team.

    Joe, I’m a little surprised you didn’t use the image of Wright being flipped on his head against the Saints as they torch us for another touchdown

  11. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    No. 2 — Eric Wright – Signed by Dominik
    No. 3 — Jeff Jagodzinski – Hired by Morris/Dominik
    No. 4 — Albert Haynesworth – Signed by Dominik (he also outbid $ the Skins initially)
    No. 5 — Sabby Piscitelli
    No. 6 — Myron Lewis – Drafted by Dominik
    No. 7 — Byron Leftwich – Signed by Dominik
    No. 8 — Edell Shepherd
    No. 9 — Jerramy Stevens – resigned by Dominik
    No. 10 — Jim Bates – Hired by Morris/Dominik
    No. 11 — Gaines Adams
    No. 12 — Keydrick Vincent – Signed by Dominik
    No. 13 — Dre Moore
    No. 14 —Kevin Ogletree – Signed by Dominik
    No. 15 – Sean Mahan
    No. 16 — Da’Quan Bowers – Drafted by Dominik
    No. 17 — Daniel Te’o-Nesheim – Signed by Dominik
    No. 18 — Kyle Moore – Drafted by Dominik
    No. 19 – Jeremy Trueblood – resigned by Dominik
    No. 20 – Michael Clayton – resigned by Dominik

    There’s only one possibility at #1. Mr. 28-52, Mark Dominik.

  12. BirdDoggers Says:

    Dominik was after Wright before he signed with Detroit. Wright hit free agency the following year and Dominik got his guy. I can’t figure out what he saw in Wright. He wasn’t necessarily a great player and Detroit didn’t think he was worth bring back, even with their lack of talent in the secondary. Dominik thought enough of him to hand over a fat contract.

  13. BucsRokk26 Says:

    I’m sorry, but some of you guys are idiots to think Freeman is #1… SMDH

  14. Touch_Down_Tampa_Bay Says:

    The infamous photo of Wright flipped up side down reflects on his thinking and performance. At no.2 Wright is a Spa-ctacular choice Joe!

    Since Buccaneer fans spent their hard earned money last year to be entertained by our Bucs it is only fair to acknowledge their suffering and depression experience last year by one man’s horrendous game plans and game adjustments. By now everyone knows THE GENERAL was in control of EVERYTHING. Help them see they were not the only ones feeling confused and deflated by witnessing football only on the 1st half of most of last year’s games. To truly end the NIGHTMARE on a Touchdown for Tampa Bay lets name “The General” as “The No. 1 worst Buccaneer in the last 10 yrs.” Lets end this on a fair note. Come on Joe hold that ball high and tight and go all the way! Come on Joseph you can do it!!!!

  15. BucsRokk26 Says:

    #1 has got to be Dominick!

  16. BucsRokk26 Says:

    Touch_Down I agree with you that Schiano was a horrible coach and game planner (or lack there of), but Dominick is the common thread to the bad hires, drafts busts, and FA flops on this list. It’s got to be Dominick. Schiano and Raheem were both deserving of top 10 on this list though, that kinda baffles me that they weren’t…?

  17. Jonny 2.3 Says:

    I am sorry, but its baffling that Arrelious Benn and Brian Price did not make this list. Benn had somewhat decent rookie campaign, but otherwise was a huge disappointment. He was an early 2nd round pick in that same superstar draft class of 2010, equivalent to a 1st rounder any other time. He was beat up most of the time yes, but never flashed even when healthy.

    Same with Brian Price. He may have tore up a few practices, but in real games he was mediocre at best. He was always out of shape and hurt and stunk it up in 2011 after McCoy went down. Him and Haynesworth were competing in who goes out of position faster, both responsible for several big runs.

    I am sorry but Te’o-Nesheim and Stone Hands Clayton do not deserve to be on this list over those two busts.

  18. aj Says:

    Josh Freeman on deck.

    Paging Josh Freeman.

    Josh?? You there?

  19. Mr. Patrick Says:

    #1 Raheem Morris?

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Freeman didn’t turn out so good…but we got some use out of him…..It will probably be Dexter Jackson….however, I think Luke Stocker should be on this list….we gave up a couple of 4th round picks for him and he simply hasn’t produced and is still on the team.

  21. Touch_Down_Tampa_Bay Says:

    @BucsRokk26- I hear you Buddy! You know you never know with Joe. Lets see who gets the Trophy. 🙂

  22. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    Must admit I’m a little surprised to see Wright not because he wasn’t deserving but this ‘high’? I was expecting Benn to make the list just not sure if he was bad enough to warrant a #1 worst grade? Nevertheless I agree with just about every name on the list…well done Joe

  23. stevek Says:

    Mark Dominick is responsible for nearly two thirds of this list coming into fruition.

    Can’t wait to see Marky D. in the #1 spot.

    While Joe may not have the heart (cojones) to roast the rock star, we all know the truth. 28-52, I am looking at you!

  24. stevek Says:

    Mark Dominick:

    “Eric Wright is my guy.” (upon inking him in Free Agency)

  25. Ryan Says:

    So Eric Wright is #2. That sounds about right.

    Paging Dexter Jackson: c’mon up and get your trophy! Hopefully, he won’t shy from contact on his way to the podium.

  26. Bucsalltheway Says:

    David Boston has to be number one hands down!!!!

  27. Bucsalltheway Says:

    Or if Eric wright made it then it has to be tanard Jackson only because of his off field issues or could it be Jordan Shipley lol

  28. chickster Says:

    wow what a negative site joe needs a life

  29. Joe Says:

    wow what a negative site joe needs a life

    First, Joe’s life is pretty good, thank you.

    Second, why should only the good players have all the fun?

  30. Joe Says:

    I am sorry, but its baffling that Arrelious Benn and Brian Price did not make this list.

    Not baffling in any way. Joe can’t knock a guy for serious injuries. As you stated, Benn had turned the corner until he blew out his knee. After that, he couldn’t stay healthy.

    Anyone who saw Brian Price in training camp his rookie year knows what a stud he was and how asinine it is to call him a bust because of a career-ending injury.

  31. mpmalloy Says:

    I’m going to guess that #1 is Chuckys “reach”:
    The terrified, fetal-position Dexter Jackson?
    It’s actually anybody’s guess at this point.
    Could be Freeman but I’ll guess not.

    The logic is this:
    * Jackson should be on the list period.
    A 2nd round pick who played like I would
    if the Bucs put pads on me.
    * Freeman had two strong seasons before the
    epic meltdown and he holds Buccaneer passing
    records, although would have put him on this
    for the meltdown anyway.

  32. Buc Neckid Says:

    Schiano will be #1

  33. Alex2013 Says:

    How does Quincy Black and/or Dexter Jackson not make it on this list!

  34. Joe Says:

    Quincy Black

    Quincy Black, once he had decent coaching (Bryan Cox), actually played decent football his last year until he had nerve damage in his neck, which put him out of football.

  35. stevek Says:

    The Rock Star should be “rocking” the #1 spot on this list, and he should also be the “star” of this list.

  36. Buccfan37 Says:

    Disagree with Dexter Jackson as #1, aint gonna happen. Benn or Price, no way. Freeman or Schiano, doubtful. Dominik, doubtful also. Who does that leave as the worst Buc player or coach or affiliate in the last decade? I have’nt a clue. Only Joe knows.

  37. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Freeman must be #1…. for once in his life.

  38. Joe Says:

    Freeman must be #1…. for once in his life.

    Freeman was No. 1 at Kansas State. No, seriously. That was his number.

  39. Mumbles Says:

    For all of the fans calling for Josh Freeman, do your homework! Regardless of his 2013 meltdown, the man holds or shares no less than 15 Buccaneer franchise records! So get rid of the drama and know the facts! No way is Freeman #1!

  40. Pcolabucfan Says:

    Why do we concentrate on the negative’s where is the excitement for our new and improved Buccaneers

    That’s all

    What “concentrate on the negatives.” Joe’s celebrating that these guys no longer soil Tampa Bay football. Joe’s got plenty of positive stuff on the site here daily. Open your eyes and heart. –Joe

  41. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik co-number one?

  42. b.Bruce Says:

    Joe, Aurelius been has to be on this list, he was drafted to be the number one receiver and Mike Williams outplayed him on the first day.before any injuries he
    just never look like a 2nd round pick.thanks Joe I love the site.

  43. 1bucfan88 Says:

    All of you calling for Dom to be #1 seem to be forgetting the 14+ years of hard work he gave the team before he was hastily appointed GM. I’m not going to defend the fact that he wasn’t very good at running the personnel side of the show, but his contributions to the organization go beyond 2009-2013. He couldn’t assemble a complete roster, he spent ungodly sums on mediocre talent, and he hung on to too many failed draft picks, but that doesn’t mean he was one of the “worst” Buccaneers of the last decade. If some of you guys had a memory longer than a few minutes maybe you’d remember that fact.

  44. d-money Says:

    Still not wasting time reading it but I have to agree with this one.

    I think to be considered for a list like this, which I still think is ridiculous, it should be someone who clearly set the team back because of their signing or draft position.

    Byron Leftwich, Albert Haynesworth and guys like that were no risk signings. Had they worked out they would have been good acquisitions but when they didn’t there were no lingering effects for the team.

    Freeman, Gaines Adams, Wright, Michael Clayton etc. were high dollar/high draft picks that didn’t live up to the expectations. The fact that they didn’t work out had a ripple effect on the whole team. Even if they may have played well at times (Freeman) in the end they did more harm than good.

    If your going to have a list like this there needs to be more to it than they just didn’t work out or live up to expectations.

    If I was going to do this list I’d keep it to the top 5 and it would be in no particular order.

    Michael Clayton
    Gaines Adams
    Eric Wright
    Josh Freeman
    Da’Quan Bowers

  45. Buccfan37 Says:

    How about the former DB with the moniker “toast”? Maybe that was more than 10 years ago.

  46. Bucs Fan #237 Says:

    This is the worst list of all lists. No wonder why that intern quit.

  47. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    Joe, your list is brilliant. It has sparked interest and time spent on the web site that normally would not have been there during the off-season. Kudos to you.

    Always wondered what Dom saw in Eric Wright. What a waste.

  48. Joe Says:

    Joe, Aurelius been has to be on this list,

    Once again, career-threatening injuries disqualify candidates.

  49. Jim Walker Says:

    I had forgotten about him. Bah…. now I have too forget him all over again.

  50. Buc89 Says:

    @237 “no wonder that intern quit”


  51. BFFL Says:

    I vote Dominik #1

  52. Buccsfan76 Says:

    Schiano #1…Gotta be Schiano!

  53. Miracle Says:

    Just a thought, you probably should post an article why Freeman was not on the list immediately following the #1 worst buc of the past 10 years. Then again, you may want to wait a couple of days to get the comments and drama brewing 🙂

  54. mpmalloy Says:

    It may be Schiano.
    Joe and his DJ friend hate Schiano.
    I think Schiano was one of the best
    judges of NFL talent that I’ve ever seen.
    He did what he was hired to do:
    Purge the Winslows of the Morris era.
    The only (true) knock on the guy is that
    he was a terrible NFL gameday coach.
    None-the-less he may be #1 to make
    the media-types happy.
    Go figure.

  55. Couch Fan Says:

    So Wright was the 2nd worse Buc in the last 10 years due strictly to off field issues? That’s pretty much the same as an injury in my book. If thats the case, #1 could be Freeman or Talib. Wright wasn’t to bad when he played. Hell that was an amazing pick 6 he had, think it was against the Giants

  56. Joe Says:

    Joe and his DJ friend hate Schiano

    Joe didn’t nor does “hate” Schiano. He always treated Joe fairly.

  57. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    It can only be Dominik. He was responsible, directly, or indirectly, for 3/4 of the list. If you don’t include the cause of that many bad Buccaneers, then the entire list is invalidated.

  58. mike n Says:

    Ok joe… You need to do a list of say 5 and tell me how dex jax, freeman, morris, abenn, b price, sears, and zermitis arent on the list. I love the list!!!
    I dont always agree but thanks for doing. Guys like daniel t, k vincent , haynesworth, shepard and the like were such low risk guys, undrafted, no garuntee $ guys I wouldn’t have done it… of course, i don’t have a sucessfull website either.

  59. stevek Says:


    I am right there with you. Dominick is responsible for 75% of Joe’s roster (this list).

    Will he get a pass, probably, but what can we do?

    As Buc fans, we can look into our hearts and know that Dominick is #1.

  60. mpmalloy Says:

    #1 = Tanard Jackson… maybe?

  61. mpmalloy Says:

    stevek Says:
    July 23rd, 2014 at 2:18 pm


    I am right there with you. Dominick is responsible for 75% of Joe’s roster (this list).

    I don’t think Joe would ever throw is rockstar
    mancrush under the bus like that.

  62. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:


    It doesn’t really matter who the Joe’s roll out at #1. When you have such a clear hand in 3/4 of the top 20, you are clearly at the head of the class.

    No matter who the list actually says, it’s pretty obvious, it’s Mark Dominik.

  63. ShortyBuc Says:

    How does Tanard Jackson not make the list, he hurt the team in so many ways, most of these players were scrubs to begin with or were average at best

  64. steve Says:

    To all the people who say josh freeman should not be on this list because he set records. Joe said he was qualifying players based on expectations. Josh may have set a few records in the two decent seasons he had but he was expected to be a franchise QB. IMO he was the biggest let down out of all the players in the last 10 years based on expectation.

  65. steve Says:

    To follow up on my last post that would leave Dexter Jackson off the list. And that just blows my mind!!!

  66. Patrick Says:

    Raheem is the undisputed #1 worst

  67. Patrick Says:

    If you’re going to put Bates and Jags on this list, doesn’t it make sense to include the guy who hired them?

  68. mpmalloy Says:

    Worst 20 snubs:
    * Dexter Jackson
    * Josh Freeman
    * Rockstar
    * Raheem Morris

    (Assuming that #1 is Tanard Jackson)

  69. Jason Says:

    worst 20 bucs. this is more like a list of never was and has beens. Where is Kenyatta Walker? What about Sam Wyche?

  70. THETRUTH Says:

    E.J. Biggers !!!!!! Dude was burnt very play. Sometimes QB WOULD POINT AT HIM before the play to tell the receiver look who is covering u and still burn him. For what ever reason he would still start rah rah boy

  71. Dan Says:

    No matter who #1 is, there’s going to be an uproar. Dexter Jackson has to be on this list. Morris has to be on this list (especially since 2 of his coordinators are). Schiano has to be on this list (mainly for constantly playing Revis in zone coverage). Tanard Jackson should be on this list for selfish behavior hurting the team.

    Those 4 should be ahead of Trueblood, Teo’ Nesheim, and Shepard easy. Trueblood was a great run blocker and reliable starter (just a knack for holding penalties or personal fouls). Teo’ Nesheim and Shepard never had high expectations to be disappointing.

  72. Mark from the Block Says:

    I can’t believe I left the Soldier or the DJ or whatever the hell he wants to be called off the list. Loved Kellen Winslow, but holy cancer

  73. Kaptain Morgan Says:

    I suggested early on that Dexter Jackson might be in the top 5, maybe even top 3. I would be a mildly surprised (only because there are/were so many to choose from) if he actually was ‘Thee Worst (Buc) of the past 10 years…”

  74. canadian bucsfan Says:

    Dexter jackson has to be #1 I’m guessing