What To Do At Safety?

February 10th, 2016
Could Bengals safety George Iloka be on the Bucs radar?

Could Bengals safety George Iloka be on the Bucs radar?

It seems the Bucs may have a hole at safety to fill.

It wouldn’t shock Joe if the Bucs do draft a safety on the third day of the draft, maybe the second day.

Chris Conte is a free agent and he’s a Lovie Smith guy. Well, Lovie’s no longer around unless Conte wants to sip Gatorade with Lovie and watch tape of soon-to-be failed free agents he may sign for another team in two years.

(Major Wright, per Rotoworld.com, is signed through the 2016 season.)

WalterFootball.com rated and ranked free agent safeties. Of course, they may not be free agents as teams have a couple of weeks tag players, beginning Tuesday, or can re-sign them before free agency begins March 9.

Interestingly, of the safeties ranked by WalterFootball.com, three AFC playoff teams (Cincinnati, Kansas City and Pittsburgh) each have two safeties listed. Of course, it would be a surprise if the Chiefs let Eric Berry go, for example. And Will Allen of the Steelers at 34 is likely over the hill.

That brings Joe to the Bengals.

Reggie Nelson is 32 and George Iloka is only 26 but has improved in pass coverage. He’s young and played on a decent defense. Joe is strictly connecting dots; but perhaps with the Bucs’ hire of former Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes, he will talk Dirk Koetter and Jason Licht into perhaps signing one of the safeties?

24 Responses to “What To Do At Safety?”

  1. kraymuthaphukinglocz Says:

    all I want for next years early christmas is a feared passrush.

  2. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    I am all in on Licht. he knows talent, hell he even got Hayes in to Tampa to coach. I think Licht knows who he is targeting. Just like his draft board, I think the UFA list is set, and he is just waiting on the bell to ring.

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    kraymuthaphukinglocz is right!!! Now that Licht fixed the coaching staff, next problem is pass rush!!!

  4. DB55 Says:

    Hey Joe your favorite safety in the world is a FA this year.

  5. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    I would watch how this situation plays out with Bam Bam and Seattle. Especially if Seattle goes after Greg Hardy. Kam Chancellor would be a great addition to this secondary

  6. Bucco Brice Says:

    D.Thompson, M.Killebrew and KJ Dillon had a good week and game at the senior bowl. Any one of them would be good addition…

  7. sho nuff Says:

    how many times does this team need to get burned by Bengal players….nope

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    I know its a long shot but….ERIC BERRY please!!!!…GO BUCS!!!

  9. Rrsrq Says:

    Let me pre-empt this by saying I am a fan of the U, hence my wanting to get Travis Benjamin (WR/PR/KR) with speed, Olivier Vernon (4/3 DE), that being said these talented players amongst many others were under coached at the U of Miami, they become better pros than college players because Miami primarily recruits athletes but the last few coaching staffs didn’t do so well developing them. Search the league and see the starters, that being said, Devin Bush from Miami at safety is cut from the same cloth as some of those other UM safeties, not saying he’s Sean Taylor or Ed Reed, but he is definitely talented. Third round, grab this guy. He and McDougal will be fine on the back end, I also keep Conte for depth and experience.

  10. Max Says:


  11. mac Says:

    Keep who we currently have and look for upgrades in the draft… I will be surprised if any quality DBs will be available via free agency this year… I say pass on this guy…

  12. blind melon Says:

    Tashaun Gipson.

  13. NewDayInTampa Says:

    Round 1 Pick 9: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida (B+)
    Round 2 Pick 8: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky (A+)
    Round 3 Pick 11: Miles Killebrew, SS, Southern Utah (A)
    Round 4 Pick 10: Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State (A+)
    Round 5 Pick 9: Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State (A+)
    Round 6 Pick 8: Avery Young, OT, Auburn (C-)
    Round 6 Pick 22: Matt Ioannidis, DT, Temple (A

  14. Mike Johnson Says:

    Whatever we do..Please don’t bring in more Atlanta falcon rejects. Lovie brought in his Chicago faithful and Koetter seems to be stacking his house with ATL’s coaching staff. ATL players are next. Don’t do it. IF….You want to win.

  15. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Wow NewDay

    Love your picks but that’s like saying I’d enjoy heading to the Rolls dealer for a new Corniche at 20,000!

    Those guys are not going to be around at the spot you have them. They’d be great pickups but they’ll be gone except perhaps for Hargreaves.

    Noah Spence is considered a top ten talent who may fall to 26 or 27th in the first round. Walter Football has him going to LA in the 15th spot! If we want Spence we’ll have to burn our first rounder.

    Aguayo is projected to go in the 2nd or 3rd round. I would be happy to get him in either. A generational FG kicker like Janikowski or Vinatieri can steal games for their teams. I think Aguayo is that guy! But he won’t be there in the 4th.

    Like your choices…just not sure they’ll be available where you want to get them.

  16. CaptainStagger Says:

    I like Weddle……Mike Smith is going to need a commander on the backside and Weddle has the experience to lead. In the draft I’m targeting Derion Thompson

  17. Tbbucs3 Says:

    If we dont fix the SS position this year, Demariary Drew is a junior at Cal and has a lot of potential. I don’t expect him to go high in the draft but he could be a late round steal.

  18. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    new day, love that but NO way spence lasts that long unless his background is soooo terrible ie lael collins no way he slides but like the list

  19. godzilla13 Says:

    The Bengals have a lot of players hitting FA this year so it is probably 50/50 if he hits the market. The problem is this guys asking price could be as high as $7M over 4 years? He is young and does have talent. I prefer SS Walter Thurmond, Philly.

  20. 813bucboi Says:

    @newday…love the picks and I agree with you thinking spence will be there but im not too sure about the off the field issues…being addicted to drugs is a serious problem…however I would double up on de’s and draft alex mcalistar from uf in the 5th instead of the wr from msu…GO BUCS!!!

  21. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    I like Iloka. But I would go after Tashaun Gipson from Cleveland. He is only 26 and is a stud. I would also sign either Sean Smith, Brandon Boykins, or William Gay at CB.

    I realize we can’t sign them all. But this is a list of guys I would go after.

    DE- Olivier Vernon 25 Miami, Greg Hardy 28 Dallas, or trade for Mario Williams.

    DT- Muhammad Wilkerson 27 NYJ, Malik Jackson 26 Denver

    Guard- Kelechi Osemele 27 Bal, Jeff Allen 26 KC, Alex Boone 29 SF

    OT- Ryan Schraeder RT 28 ATL; the best part is stealing ATL’s starting RT

    WR- Marvin Jones 26 Cincy, Rishard Matthews 26 Miami, Mohamed Sanu 27 Cincy

    RB- 1st forget Martin unless he signs for 5 mil nothing more.
    Lamar Miller 25 Miami, Chris Ivory 28 NYJ

    TE- Dwayne Allen 26 Indy

    Kicker- Justin Tucker 26 Baltimore

    I put the players in order from which one I would sign first at each position. If we could get 5 or 6 of these guys and draft well. Get ready to buy playoff tickets Bucs fans!

  22. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    I would sign William Gay, Jeff Allen, Ryan Schraeder, Marvin Jones, Chris Ivory, Tashaun Gipson. And I would sign Hardy even with all his baggage. He will get an incentive based contract. The talent versus price would be worth it IMO. We could sign all these guys for around 38-45 million.

    Once we cut some players and add that on top of the almost 50 mil we have available. It is close to doable. And would fill the majority of our holes. We can use the draft to either fill the rest of the holes or be in a position where we can draft the best player available. Which is the way to go, but not always a luxury teams have.

    Having a new coaching staff, with holes to fill, a good draft pick in each round, and 50 millionish to spend on free agents. Life is good at the moment. Just hope we don’t screw it up. I have faith in Licht to get it right.

  23. bucs4life86 Says:

    I’m hearing that bryd from the Saints might get released because of cap issuse s if so I would give him a shot, this guy was one of the best safeties in the league a few years ago, before rob Ryan got a hold of him.

  24. BucsFan089 Says:

    If we draft a safety, the only choice should be Karl joseph.. that kid is an absolute beast. Hard hitting safety and great in pass coverage. He played at West Virginia… look him up, Joe… you won’t be disappointed.