Free Agency Chatter (Open Thread)

March 9th, 2016

tricia cusmanoThe free agency dinner bell has rung!

Joe will post any rumors and/or news of relevant interest to Bucs fans here. So keep checking.

Update: 11:33 p.m.

Update: 11:33 p.m.: Multiple reports have former Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn staying with Atlanta.

Update: 9:12 p.m.: Rand Getlin of has WR Rishard Matthews heading to Tennessee.

Update: 5:21 p.m. : Another guy rumored to the Bucs is off the table. Browns right guard Mitchell Schwartz will be paid by Kansas City.

Update: 4:59 p.m.: Defensive end Olivier Vernon has signed with the New York Giants for massive money (to be announced).

Update: 4:47 p.m.: Josina Anderson of ESPN says Mohamed Sanu plans to visit Atlanta then it’s off to the Belicheats.

Update: 4:36 p.m.: Falcons sign Matt Schaub to back up Matt Ryan, per NFL Network.

Update: 4:19 p.m.: Former Bucs linebacker Dane Fletcher plans to retire, says

Update: 4:08 p.m.: And it’s $9 million per year for Mark Barron, per NFL Network, rewarded by the Rams for his great 2015 season.

Update: 4:01 p.m.:  Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports the Dolphins have released CB Brent Grimes.

Update: 3:23 p.m.: Various outlets claim the Falcons are on the verge of signing Bengals free agent receiver Mohamed Sanu, a guy who seemed perfect for the Bucs.

Update: 2:11 p.m.: Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports suggests S Reggie Nelson of the Bengals, if he makes it to free agency in less than two hours, is in play for the Bucs.

Update: 12:47 p.m.: Maoist Michael Silver of reports Browns RT Mitchell Schwarts will not return to the team.

Update: 11:23 a.m.: CBS Sports reports the Panthers re-signed Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert. Damn.

Update: 10:59 a.m.: 2011 Buccaneers third-round pick, Mason Foster, gets a new two-year deal from the Redskins, per BSPN.

Update: 9:40 a.m.: The Dolphins have removed the tag from DE Olivier Vernon, per Adam Schefter. He is free to negotiate with any team. However, if Vernon does go elsewhere, it means Dolphins will receive a yet to be determined compensatory pick.

Update: 9:19 a.m.: Per BSPN’s Dianna Marie Russini, WR Marvin Jones heading to Detroit.

Update: 9:10 a.m.: Per the New York Post, cornerback and possible Bucs target Janoris Jenkins has agreed to terms with the Giants for $12 million a year.

8:55 a.m.: reports the Chargers and wide receiver Travis Benjamin have agreed to terms.

154 Responses to “Free Agency Chatter (Open Thread)”

  1. biff barker Says:

    One place there won’t be any chatter is between that hottie’s funbags!

  2. Bucsfanman Says:

    ^^^^^What he said!

  3. biff barker Says:

    Just saw the Pats are sniffing Sanu too. Brady could make him look a whole lot better.

  4. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Is anyone awake over at One Buc? Seems like every good FA we’ve talked about adding, has instead gone to another team. Are we going to add anyone to make this team better? I know it’s still early, and I know Free Agency….technically…hasn’t actually started yet, but it seem like there is a palpable sense of disappointment out there amongst the fans.

    Hopefully, today we can lock up a couple of decent players…and keep.Doug Martin…and put some of those millions of dollars of cap space to good use.

  5. @Hands2theface Says:

    There are still SO many FAs out there that I think would serve us well…and at ‘Value’. Some DTs, Jay Howard or “Snacks” Harrison. Schwartz is a great value. IIoka at safety is a big value. Another DE from Miami that might be interesting to look at is Derrick Shelby, stepped in for Wake when he went down and did well. If the fish keep Vernon, Shelby might need to get a call from us. What about Boone?….Nasty OLmen are good gets. “Pot Roast” Knighton at DT would be thick in the middle. Another safety with consistent health and results (value) McLeod….just to name a few.

  6. R.O. Says:

    Amazing how fans have not learned a thing since FA started in the NFL… Fans who complain about one thing or another I don’t know if they have trouble processing information or capable of rational thinking. It boggles my mind…

  7. coopsxx Says:

    to be clear – who cares about the compensatory pick Miami will receive. Its not compensation from the Bucs pool of draft choices – its irrelevant to us.

  8. JimBucsFan Says:

    Some of these FAs that are already off the board went at a premium price. Yeah, JJenkins is a good CB, but do you really want to commit $12M+ to a guy that is known for gambling on plays? Especially when the rest of our secondary isn’t stellar?
    Vernon needs to be our main target now. We should bring back the Dougernaut as well, with at least one OL in tow. Preferably Schwartz at RT, because I’m ok w/ Pamphile at one of our guard spots.
    If we grab those guys, we upgrade both our lines and keep our RB. That’s a win.

  9. biff barker Says:

    Marvin Jones to the Lions.

  10. Guzzie Says:

    If we go 5-11 do we still get to blame Lovie Smith?

  11. joe Says:

    If we go 5-11 do we still get to blame Lovie Smith?

    If Alterraun Verner doesn’t improve, yes. #Revis

  12. WalkdaPlank Says:

    As I said before, Licht has a terrible track record with handling FA’s. This is his chance to break away from Lovie Smith blame and make a name for himself.

    If he lets Vernon slip, fails to resign Martin, and can’t secure decent depth at WR (Roddy) then what does that say about our GM?

  13. cspann Says:

    I think we should give Quinton Couples a look

  14. godzilla13 Says:

    That’s the whole point. The good ones go off the board first and if you are not willing to spend some money every “good” FA is going to pass you by. I don’t care if we overpay Mario Williams. Now I just heard Travis Benjamin has agreed to terms with the Chargers? C’mon Jason Licht. Whatever you are doing isn’t attracting any players. Get your best players and go sell your team. Its not rocket science. Being the Buccaneers means we have to pay more and sell more. If you wait any longer you are going to be stuck with the same team you put on the field last year. Have you not seen next years schedule? Its brutal and we need reinforcements. Go get Olivier Vernon. I don’t care if it costs 15 million a year. Go get him. Go get Sean Smith, Robert Ayers, William Hayes or Eric Weddle. Please hurry before we have to put a TV dinner in the oven.

  15. BucFan20 Says:

    It says nothing more than between him and the coaches they have a plan. We DO NOT KNOW what it is .

  16. MtBucsFan Says:

    I miss the days of bringing in big names! Keyshawn, Revis, Simeon, Jackson, and Chucky. We used to be known for making a splash!

  17. Joe Says:

    If he lets Vernon slip, fails to resign Martin, and can’t secure decent depth at WR (Roddy) then what does that say about our GM?

    That he’s good at the draft.

  18. Dooshlarue Says:

    Hey Biff and Bucsfan:
    Fun bags indeed…..but take a good look downstairs and tell me what you see.
    Something extra?
    Not judging…..just sayin’.

  19. America's Commenter Says:

    Joe Says:
    March 9th, 2016 at 10:50 am
    If he lets Vernon slip, fails to resign Martin, and can’t secure decent depth at WR (Roddy) then what does that say about our GM?

    That he’s good at the draft.

    Being good at the draft is only 1/2 of the job. He also has to be successful at free agency, both in retaining home-grown talent and attracting impactful free agents.

    So far, Jason Licht’s record in Free Agency is atrocious. I’m sure Lovie Smith shares a lot of responsibility for the first off-season, but this is clearly Jason Licht’s team now.

    Licht needs to land a bona-fide pass rusher, a couple of experienced wide receivers, and retain home-grown Doug Martin in order to turn the tide in his favor.

  20. America's Commenter Says:

    Sorry, that last post didn’t blockquote correctly.

    Joe Says:
    March 9th, 2016 at 10:50 am
    If he lets Vernon slip, fails to resign Martin, and can’t secure decent depth at WR (Roddy) then what does that say about our GM?

    That he’s good at the draft.

    Being good at the draft is only 1/2 of the job. He also has to be successful at free agency, both in retaining home-grown talent and attracting impactful free agents.

    So far, Jason Licht’s record in Free Agency is atrocious. I’m sure Lovie Smith shares a lot of responsibility for the first off-season, but this is clearly Jason Licht’s team now.

    Licht needs to land a bona-fide pass rusher, a couple of experienced wide receivers, and retain home-grown Doug Martin in order to turn the tide in his favor.

  21. Clodhopper Says:

    We are not a good team. We are not going to get good free agents without overpaying them. We will only get check chasers. Not ring chasers. We’ve done the check chasers and they all effing suck with very few exceptions. Its lilke an ugly rich dude marrying a hot model that gives zero f*cks about him. Metaphorically speaking, I’m sick of the models that don’t care about anything that’s farther away than their own nose. Ain’t no sweat off my sack if we leave empty handed today. Remember Warren Sapp’s face when he was drafted? Why would a good player CHOOSE to play for a sh1tty team. All we can do is hope to improve and hope Jameis improves, then next year we can get some ring chasers. I’d rather go out in September with what we have for DE instead of a couple more worthless Johnsons we had the last couple years.

  22. dreambig Says:

    Dooshlarue – What the hell is that? Please say it aint so!

  23. BucFan20 Says:

    Licht does not have to do anything except what he feels is right for this team. Oprah would be proud of some of you.

  24. Cannuckbuc Says:

    Hoping they really do have a plan….would hate to see Martin with someone else.DE would be nice.Are we just dreaming?

  25. Guzzie Says:

    Hopefully we go 6-10 that would show improvement from last year because our schedule is tougher, that’s the yearly spin from management, FML

  26. BucFan20 Says:

    Licht is not just pulling names out of a hat. You can count on it that Koetter and Smith along with others meet with Licht and have made the decision on how things need to be handled and the plan. We may not like it or agree but TAS. They run things we don’t.

    There are still things like the draft, trades and cuts to go yet. Way to early for panic.

  27. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    What happened to all the comments????

  28. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Oh…new thread lol

  29. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    So…Jason Licht is looking pretty impressive right now. He nearly had the Martin deal done, but took too long and the agent raised the price.

    According to Charles Johnson, the bucs were never in the running.

    We has missed out on some really good players thus far.

  30. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    UGH..just turned on the computer…I think it would have been best not

    Benjamin gone..and Jones gone..dang..those two I was REALLY hoping..

  31. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    @America’s commentator..


    That’s how Denver did it!! Elway was dead set on winning and took that hodge podge of FA’s and I think they did pretty good, eh!!????

  32. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Licht upgraded the coaches. That’s good for 8 wins with the players we had last year. We don’t need to pay more than a player is worth to build a competitive team. The offense will still be a top 10 unit with or without Dougie. Coaching and scheme will improve the defense as well. The players who come will fit the plan. Be patient.

  33. WalkdaPlank Says:

    “The offense will still be a top 10 unit with or without Dougie. ”

    Very debatable.

  34. MtBucsFan Says:

    LOL the ship is sinking quick!

  35. MadMax Says:

    Eagles will be picking 8th in the draft now….switched with the dolphins at 13th. And the good news about that is they’ll probably be eyeing a QB.

  36. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    That actually IS very good news!

  37. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    More good news…Travis Benjamin is off the market. Now we don’t have to see requests on him anymore!

  38. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Crap…Lions got Marvin Jones. My list is shrinking quickly.

  39. MadMax Says:

    LOL Bonzai!!! Karma baby!! 🙂 🙂

    Hey, we all have our guys we’d like and dont get. Just dont pee in my coffee and I wont pee in yours 😉

  40. MtBucsFan Says:

    I bet Lovie is laughing right about now!

  41. Billy Buc N Brazil Says:

    WTF Falcons signing Alex Mack!!Unbelievable

  42. Bradinator Says:

    Anyone ever notice how New England never makes a big “splash” in FA and they are curiously always an SB contender? Packers, rarely in FA, Seattle, eh not much, Pittsburgh, not really. See a trend? We were big players the last couple of years and look what it got us. Do I want Doug back? Of Course! The other guys we were hoping for, Williams, Johnson, at DE. Might have been ok. There are a ton of guys out there that can play available. We need depth at OL, another Slot WR and maybe another vet WR, A pass rush DE, a SS Linebacker, and Safety help. I would rather stay the course than waste another year on high priced FAs that don’t live up to the money.

  43. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Brandinator, stop making sense. it’s time to panic, don’t you know that.

  44. Bird Says:

    That is good that Falcons signing Alex Mack. Cause Falcons going after Mitchell Schwartz who bucs are in the mix with. He is one of top rated right tackles in NFL. And bucs week spot. Hope bucs sign Martin so they can sell Schwartz on have season rushing title potential running back on team. And I agree with all the people who say we have to overpay. We are the bucs. Bottom of barrel right now. We have all this money and are looking for deals. Gimme a break. We need to get quality starters
    From free agency and draft to improve this year

  45. Rod Munch Says:

    Good for Foster, he seemed like a great guy but just wasn’t a good fit in the 4-3 that we ran, but if you need your MLB to instead stuff the run he’s a quality player.

  46. feelthepewterpower Says:

    We have all this money and are looking for deals. Gimme a break. We need to get quality starters
    From free agency and draft to improve this year

    Keep in mind of future draft picks we must “pay” such as the QB, Oline spots, and MLB. Just because we have all this cap space doesn’t mean we need to dry it up. We have to build the franchise with young/core pieces. “Winning” free agency has been correlated to losses.

  47. Bucsfanman Says:

    Who cares about opinions. I keep coming back to this thread because of the picture 🙂

  48. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    We need to sign Mitchell Schwartz today. But for everyone freaking out. There are plenty of great free agents available.

    WR- Rishard Matthews, and a risk/reward guy like Brian Quick
    OL- Schwartz and Kelvin Beachum
    DL- Robert Ayers, Greg Hardy, Jaye Howard, Derrick Shelby, Oliver Vernon
    LB- Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan, resign Bruce Carter
    CB- Sean Smith, Greg Toler
    S- Tashaun Gipson
    TE- Ladarius Green, Zach Miller

    I would sign Rishard Matthews, Mitchell Schwartz, Jaye Howard or Derrick Shelby, Sean Smith, and Tashaun Gipson.

    That would be 5 starters and still leave us with plenty of cap space to fill other holes. I also really like Danny Trevathan. He could be our new Sam LB.

    Its still 2 hours away from free ageny and some of you are acting like spoiled children. Remember some of the deals that have already been “agreed upon” are not official. Does anyone remember Emmanuel Sanders?

  49. BuccaneerBonzai Says:



  50. biff barker Says:

    FunkyMunk, I like the idea of Danny Trevathan. Supposedly he’s being wooed by the Bears. John Fox linkage.

  51. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Sean Smith being wooed by Cali teams..

  52. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    RB Doug Martin
    or RB Matt Forte on a one year deal
    WR Jermaine Kearse
    WR Roddy White
    CB Casey Hayward

    RT Mitchell Schwartz
    This is the most important signing. If we get this guy, Evans can play guard for a year and we can draft guard next year)

    DE Olivier Vernon
    Schwartz is more important. Is paying Vernon 15m per year worth it? I’m not so sure. I wanted him, but not at that price. Better to spend elsewhere and address DL in the draft.

  53. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    On the topic of running back…next year is supposed to be deep in them. If we lose Martin, all we need is a good vet to fill in for a year. And there is a good chance our backup can step up his game.

  54. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    Kelvin Beachum is a left tackle.

  55. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Nelson is a nice player. That would be a decent pick up…even at 33 yers old.

  56. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    @ Bonzai
    Not a bad backup plan if Martin leaves. And I REALLY like next year’s draft class @ rb

  57. HIRE JIMBO Says:


  58. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Per Roy Cummings

  59. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    WHAT!!???? @ Jimbo

  60. BucsFanaticinAZ Says:

    Bucs just resigned Doug Martin for 5yr-$35Mish


  61. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Sorry it’s 5 year 35 mil. Look on

  62. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    The #Bucs have agreed to terms on a deal to retain 2-time Pro Bowl RB Doug Martin, per league source. Big signing for Tampa Bay.

  63. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Woot! Martin signed!

  64. DB55 Says:

    Dougie is back and he got PAID!!!!

  65. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Hell yeah baby

  66. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    One thing done right!!! OMG! Chinese food and Mt Dew at my house tonight!!

  67. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    We got Dougie back!

  68. BucFan20 Says:

    Been there done that. Let me know when he signs it!

  69. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Thank God we got Dougie back! At least we aren’t getting any worse as a team.

  70. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I’m giving a big virtual hug to all of you!! Don’t hug back to tight though, I’m only 5 feet and hundred pounds!! LOL!!!

    Yay!! More news networks reporting it!!!!

  71. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Lol Chinese food and mtn dew. I’m on the floor laughing

  72. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    @FuNkYxMuNkEy Says

    Actually, I think I’ll go through your list if you don’t mind.

    Rishard Matthews – He could be good depth. Personally, I’m leaning toward Roddy White and Jermaine Kearse

    Schwartz WE MUST GET THIS GUY!
    Kelvin Beachum – Plays Left Tackle, which is not a need.

    Robert Ayers – Hasn’t stayed healthy since 2011. Too old.
    Greg Hardy – No! He would spend more time suspended than playing.
    Jaye Howard – He hasn’t been consistent, but he is young and healthy…good depth maybe.
    Derrick Shelby – Not good enough.
    Oliver Vernon – Would be great here…but he is too pricey. Word is he wants 15m per year. He just isn’t THAT good. Better to draft a pair.

    Jerrell Freeman – Good player…not healthy.
    Danny Trevathan – He plays Inside…and we have Kwon there.
    Bruce Carter – I doubt that will happen. He was good depth though

    Sean Smith – We have better on the team already
    Greg Toler – Never had a complete season due to injuries. No deal.

    Tashaun Gipson – He’s been unhealthy…but…he’s shown ability. He’s young. It might be worth taking a chance on the kid.

    Ladarius Green – The main need at TE is health. He is not that.
    Zach Miller – one healthy year in the last six. Too old.

  73. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Bonzai..great breakdown..

  74. DB55 Says:

    What are Mike Williams and Tim Wright up to?

  75. Cam Says:

    Doug Martin Resigned!

  76. destro44 Says:

    How about Snacks or Pot Roast. Lets go 3-4!

  77. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    We are gonna trade for Martelus Bennett from the bears. We need a TE that isn’t soft as toilet paper.

  78. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    The Browns decided to yank their offer Mitchell Schwartz in order to call his bluff that other teams are interested.

    They are pushing him right to us!

  79. BuccaneerBonzai Says:



  80. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    LOL the Rams just put a 1st round tender on Case Keanum just so that the Broncos won’t sign him LOL

  81. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I’ve been reading so much on the Michael Bennett saga and how he is so unhappy there anyway to get him back here?? Can we do some major trading??

    His heart never left Tampa! he hung around our boys at the PB!

  82. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    They say all empires fall..I think Denver’s days of domination are at the beginning stages of epic fail..

    This is our time to take over the reigns..

  83. biff barker Says:

    Miller to Texans. It’s official. Miller will sign a four-year deal, worth $26M. $14 million guaranteed.

  84. Bucsfanman Says:

    Did somebody get signed? I’m still mesmerized by that picture!

    Yay, we got Dougie!!!

  85. DB55 Says:

    Hire Jimbo n Lifeofabuc

    I’d love to bring both brothers down to Tampa. The more Alpha’s the better imo.

  86. T in Orlando Says:

    So with no Peyton nor Brock for the Broncos, and the FAs choices being slim, any one think that perhaps a trade of Glennon to Denver for their 2nd Rnd pick (end of the round) is in the works?

  87. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    We are already out of the Vernon sweepstakes. Apparently we low balled him right off the bat, and it’s between the Giants and jaguars. SMFH

  88. Buc1987 Says:

    Ding ding ding ding!

  89. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Amen DB55…

  90. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I have a feeling Roddy White will be signed..and I really hope so..

  91. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    @T in Orlando

    If that were the case, Glennon would have it made. Denver traditionally has one of the best offensive lines. Seeing as how he is a statue and does best when not rushed…I bet he would excel there.

  92. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    At 5 p.m. Koetter and Licht doing press conference..

  93. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Mohamed Sanu, Joe??? You are joking, right?

  94. DB55 Says:

    Glennon will win a SB before JW if he were in Denver. I’m mean easily win a SB.

  95. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Reggie Nelson…interesting. Led the league in picks last year. He’s going to be 33 when the season starts…but he’s stayed healthy.

    I’m not against this signing…I’m a little concerned about the one year wonder factor though. And obviously…he’d be a temporary fix. 2 years tops.

  96. wesley Says:

    Barron making 2 million more than Doug Martin lol.

  97. Espo Says:

    Well now the Beagles are picking before us

  98. Espo Says:

    Broncos aren’t winning the super bowl with giraffe or anyone else. You can’t just win again after losing your super bowl quarterback. I don’t care how good your defense is. Ask the Ravens.

  99. MtBucsFan Says:

    I know Dane great guy. He has some big things in the works around this town in MT. Glad I got to see him in a Bucs jersey.

  100. Rojas Says:

    Did the Eagles ever resign Fletcher Cox ?

  101. ImJustHereForJameisNews Says:

    Schwartz first, then Vernon if possible, maybe Nelson next please

  102. ImJustHereForJameisNews Says:

    Also is dolphins Mathews still available now that it looks like Sanu is off table??

  103. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:


    I was just thinking the same thing. Glennon to Denver would help them out tremendously and give us a late 2nd to get either a great player or trade bait to get back into the 1st.

    Yes Rishard Matthwes is still available. So is Schwartz, Gipson, and a DE from Miami that will be cheaper and possibly more productive. Derrick Shelby. Shelby or Jaye Howard from KC would both be great pick ups at DE.

    Hopefully, with Martin out of the way, they will get serious about signing a DE and O Line. *cough*cough*Mitchell Schwartz

  104. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @ 1987
    Ding ding ding ding
    You are freaking hilarious ,man.I love it!

  105. MadMax Says:

    Vernon signs with the Giants!

  106. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Vernon to NYG

  107. unbelievable Says:

    No big names for this ball club.

  108. Kevin Says:

    Dam go get brent grimes I dont care about his injury history he will not break the bank and will be a solid rotational corner. Wanted him since he left atlanta. Also go get rashad mathews hes a good reciever as well

  109. unbelievable Says:

    Grimes is staying Miami.

  110. unbelievable Says:

    Just kidding.

  111. Mike Says:

    5 years/85 mill for Vernon- no way, I am glad Bucs didn’t over pay for him. I never heard of him before this past week. Let’s draft DE.

  112. wesley Says:

    sign JAYE HOWARD now!

  113. Buccfan37 Says:

    TV just said the Bucs sign Martin or is that old news.

  114. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Giants can have Verner. No way would I want the Bucs competing with that salary. Andre Johnson wants to play one more year have him finish his career here as a 3

  115. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    No to Jaye Howard

  116. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    You people need to calm down.

    You’re talking about signing players that are WORSE than what we have!

  117. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Huge f#cling contract. 56 mil over first 3 years. 5 years 85 mil.

  118. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    No to A.Johnson

  119. Buc1987 Says:

    Grimes is available.

  120. Bob in Valrico Says:

    mohammed sanu is a tall receiver that would fit in well with the rest of tall trees. Winston likes big receivers. I hope we make a play for him.
    We will need a number 2 receiver in the future and he is pretty good in the slot from the report I read.

  121. Bucsfansince89 Says:

    Anyone sleeping on Grimes and Nelson? a CB and S could be if anything good quality back if not starters. I like those 2 in the secondary.

  122. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Mitchell Schwartz finalizing a deal with KC according to Schefter

    I’m not a huge FA guy but this has been a complete failure. We’re going into next season with the same pass rush as last yr (don’t try and sell me on a rookie giving us any kind of pass rush) and more losses on the O-line than additions


  123. DoNUTS Says:

    Vernon gone…

    Worst owners in the NFL! Since Malcolm got sick and died-RIP, this team has gone down the tubes. He knew how to operate. This is just another example of rich kids really having no clue how to run a business.

    Thanks for raising prices and not acquiring a quality DE (the most obvious need on the team). Im so pissed I cant breathe..

  124. Alstott up the gut Says:

    Report DE Ayers is coming to Tampa for a visit…. Posted about him yesterday, don’t think he is the next 10+ sack guy….. Think C McDonald on the edge. Good depth and works hard. Would definitely take him…. Impact player comes in late April!

  125. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    If true, Jason Licht just lost a lot of points with me.

  126. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    This has nothing to do with the Glazers. This is ALL Jason Licht.

  127. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    No Mitchell S..( insert cricket sounds here)…

  128. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    DE Robert Ayers is a one-year-wonder who didn’t have his year until age 30.

    He would be depth only.

  129. BucFan20 Says:

    And the crying continues!

  130. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Getting Mitchell would have turned around my opinion on Licht. Alas, he doth falleth short yet again!

  131. NCBuc Says:

    And if I was Licht I wouldn’t of paid that much either

  132. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    There’s still Hardy!! lol!

  133. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:


    I’m still a Licht fan, but missing out on Schwartz is a big whiff IMO — you’ve got to protect your franchise QB

  134. Alstott up the gut Says:


    That one year was last year….. When he was back to a 4-3 defense with the Giants instead of a 3-4 with Denver. He is solid…. Not dominant but steady.

  135. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Doug Martin live on nfl net station..coming up next!

  136. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Diner Bell JOE???? More like late night snack after your relatives plundered your fridge.

  137. unbelievable Says:

    Too bad about M Schwartz. That would have been really solid for us.

  138. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    Ok, looks like we’re signing JR Sweezy — 27 yrs old and solid player

    Makes me a little happier

    Also, if you’re upset about Charles resigning with CAR but still looking for a Johnson I’m pretty sure the chick in the picture above has one tucked back

  139. Byrd Says:

    We haven’t done nothing today. They said big day, and we just resigned Martin that’s not good enough!! I’m not upset with Vernon that’s way to much money for him but we need WR OL and secondary help

  140. Byrd Says:

    Ok stratch the OL we signed J R sweezy would like to get one more guy for depth

  141. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Oh that’s a pretty good signing! Still need a few more!

  142. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Although Sweezy has a big name, he was a 16-game starter on one of the NFL’s worst offensive lines last season
    – Rotoworld

  143. MarineBucsFan Says:

    Doug Martin just reiterated on NFL Network that he does not want to be called Muscle Hamster. Can we please refer to our Star Running back as Dougernaut??? His wishes, IJS….

  144. Rod Munch Says:

    For $7-mil a year I’ll let people call me whatever they want – and I mean it. Anything. Just cash up front please.

  145. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    He’s Muscle Hamster. Period.

    Dougernaut is more fitting for a hard hitting RB

  146. Buc1987 Says:

    Sorry Doug. Muscle Hamster for life.

  147. Rod Munch Says:

    I remember when Barron got ran out of town people celebrating saying how terrible he was – which I never saw. I saw McCoy, David and Barron being quite the trio, add in Revis (or Talib) and man, you got a solid defense. These same dullards would be celebrating McCoy being chased out of town. Lesson is, most fans are not very intelligent.

  148. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    J.R. Sweezy was converted from Tackle to Guard. I wonder if the Bucs plan on using him back at tackle…

  149. MarineBucsFan Says:

    They say u have no say in your nickname, i guess its true!

  150. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    J.R. Sweezy was the 66th ranked guard. What a signing!

  151. biff barker Says:

    “Right now, it feels like the Bucs are pecking for crumbs after other teams feasted on roast turkey and mashed potatoes.”

    There are always turkeys in the FA mix Joe. We’ll have the cap space to protect our young core and they’ll be living the ghost Johnson nightmare. Many simply won’t live up to the contract or hype because many are Charles Johnson homesick, stuck on a losing team.

    Case in point, we drafted our franchise QB on a 5 year deal. About $24M? Meanwhile the Texans just paid $18M for the greatness of Brock O!

    Not saying we can’t bring in some short term FA help. I am all for it. But I want to keep drafting OUR guys and be able to pay the serious talent long term.

  152. GO BUCS Says:

    Do the Broncos need to move up to get a QB?

  153. salish_seamonster Says:

    Peter King ‏@SI_PeterKing tweeted:

    Reminder to the panic-stricken that your team’s not doing mega-deals today: Lots more bad deals than good get signed on Free Agency day 1.
    (813) 964-1964

  154. Byrd Says:

    Why not call the jets give them glennon and a draft pick for DE Wilkerson