Stefen Wisniewski And The Bucs

March 25th, 2015

stefen Wisniewski

Not long after the free agency dinner bell rang, Raiders center/guard Stefen Wisniewski visited the Bucs to talk turkey and maybe a contract. Wisniewski left without a contract and headed to Seattle, which needs a center.

Wisniewski not only didn’t sign with the Bucs, he didn’t sign with the Seahawks and later after visiting the Bears, didn’t sign with them either.

Yesterday, when Joe appeared with his good friend, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig, on the weekly Hour heard exclusively on WDAE-AM 620, Joe speculated that either Wisniewski was asking for way too much cash, or there was something going on behind the scenes.

Turns out, it may be both. Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Wisniewski had shoulder surgery.

Wisniewski is recovering from shoulder surgery after last season when he played with a torn labrum. The former second-round pick of the Raiders has made visits to the Seahawks and Bucs, and the Rams and Chiefs are also known to be interested. No team has been willing to meet his request of $4 million per season and it could be he winds up on a one- or two-year prove-it contract. At this point, it would be a mistake to rule out the Bears.

Well now, that explains it all. First, his agent is trying to shake down teams for $4 million a year (Ha!) and the dude has a bum shoulder. No team is going to shell out that kind of cash unless they know for sure his shoulder is OK.

No wonder the Raiders passed on Wisniewski and signed free agent center Rodney Hudson.

30 Responses to “Stefen Wisniewski And The Bucs”

  1. mac Says:


  2. Mike10 Says:

    I’m confused by your segment yesterday Joe. You’ve recently made it sound like EDS way underperformed and needs to go, but yesterday you made it sound like his poor performance was due to a ‘trickle-down’ effect from poor play at right guard and left end… so is it worth us going after a center? Because if so, I’d like to see them pounce sooner than later, like that bs they pulled days before the start of last season

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    Dougie Fresh recovered from the same injury….don’t see why this monster can’t.

  4. robert 9 Says:

    a torn labia aint nothin to joke about.


  5. Joe Says:

    so is it worth us going after a center?

    Of course.

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    He sure fits the Lovie Smith requirements, average player, injury history, another team cut bait and he is in need of a prove it deals. That’s a Lovie guy.

  7. You Go Joe Says:

    give him a cheap deal to prove it and then maybe he can get the numbers he wants afterwards.

  8. Joe Says:

    Dougie Fresh recovered from the same injury….don’t see why this monster can’t.

    Muscle Hamster? Has he recovered?

  9. Mike10 Says:

    Then what of EDS?

    Is he serviceable?

  10. bucs4lyfe Says:

    I thought it was because he wouldn’t play center or something….but still its not like a TOE injury he’ll recover from this and with the state of your franchise can you really afford to let anyone walk if they play the o line? atleast we know the bucs think they are done overpaying for anybody

  11. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    If it’s a one year prove it contract I say get him. Even if we overpaid by a million or so we have the space to do that. As long as we don’t over-commit in length of contract I’m OK with a short term solution.

    Too many holes to fill in just one draft. Next year we’ll have drafted our QB and so wherever we draft we can start picking up OL and perhaps add more edge rushing if we still need it.

  12. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    If he were 28 or 29, I could see reason to doubt. But he is only 26. Even if he has a bad season as a result, he will eventually recover. That makes it a worthwhile investment IF the price is right.

    I say a 2 year deal with an option for a 3rd. Offer him $3m per year plus incentives that can make it 4m. It isn’t like we don’t have the money.

  13. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Mike10 Says
    “Then what of EDS?

    Is he serviceable?”


    EDS actually cost us at least 2 games last year. A Center should NEVER cost you games. We’ll hear excuses for him, especially if we cannot replace him, but that’s the bottom line. However, it is widely believed he can do better at guard.

  14. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    The problem with one year prove it contracts is this…if a player does well, we get burned. While it’s good to have a good player in the present, there are certain positions that are hard to fill properly.

    Center is one of them. A bad center can throw everything off. Team a good center with a good QB and you can build a strong offense, which is why Tampa has never had a strong offense. We’ve never had both at the same time.

    And historically, we have had some mighty bad centers. That’s why, when we do find a good one, I always caution against letting him go too soon.

  15. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    And historically, we have had some mighty bad centers

    True dat! At least those of us with some long memories can harken back to Tony Mayberry. He was good.

  16. dmajik85 Says:

    Loss of strength in your shoulder after labrum repair is no joke… I’d wait to see how he recovered before shelling out upper tier $$ for an interior OL.

  17. Makie Lovie Says:

    robert 9 Says:
    March 25th, 2015 at 12:11 pm
    a torn labia aint nothin to joke about.


    I think our team suffered from numerous torn Labias last season…

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    Joe Says:
    March 25th, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    “Dougie Fresh recovered from the same injury….don’t see why this monster can’t.”

    “Muscle Hamster? Has he recovered?”

    Welp Joe he wasn’t doing much before it now was he?

  19. Paul LaBelle Says:

    Robert 9:
    A torn labia… lol. I agree. Not a joking matter.

  20. bucco brice Says:

    Jameis is packing on the pounds…move him to Right Guard 🙂

  21. iamkingsu Says:

    @bucco brice

    You’ll just won’t let it go smh. I’m the biggest jaboo there is But funny is funny and that was hilarious lol

  22. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    Might not be the same injury but didn’t Michael Bennett have a shoulder injury that promoted Schiano and Dom to let him go elsewhere? Not saying that this outcome would be the same, but it might be wise not to write the guy off just because another bad team (Raiders) let him walk?

  23. Buctebow Says:

    Labrum rehab CAN take a year for strength to return.

  24. tiny tim Says:

    The same bum shoulder michael bennett had when the bucs let him walk. Sign this guy already

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    Ease on down the road to Tampa Wiz.

  26. Mr. T Says:

    Give him a thorough physical, if his shoulder passes muster then a 1yr. prove it deal for 2 or 3 mil. Sooner or later somebody will step up and do this and he will sign unless he wants to face the real prospect of not playing this year.

  27. MadMax Says:

    Well, all the more reason to go after Cam Erving if we can move into the bottm of the first. We’ll just have to hope a decent left tackle can be picked up from someone’s cuts.

  28. plopes808 Says:

    @BuccaneerBonzai I totally agree, sign him and let he and EDS battle it out for who fits best at C and G

  29. Pickgrin Says:

    Yes – Cam Erving please! Max – Cam Erving only played 5 games at Center but did quite well obviously. Erving played Left Tackle very well for almost a full 3 years at FSU and would likely be able to step in at that spot and do well. If not – he can play Guard or Center. Erving’s versatility and talent are impressive.

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