“I’m Very Surprised”

June 8th, 2016
More Roddy White talk

More Roddy White talk

You’ve heard the chorus to Joe’s song bemoaning the Buccaneers’ lack of receiving depth. No need to review the lyrics.

Simply stated, the Bucs are thin at receiver and America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, should not have to face what he dealt with last year after Vincent Jackson missed half a season and Louis Murphy headed to the ACL surgeon.

Falcons icon Roddy White is a possible solution. He played every game last season and caught a solid percentage of balls thrown his way, 43 out of 70. That’s a better rate than Jackson’s and Mike Evans’. White also knows Dirk Koetter’s offense and would represent fantastic depth as a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver.

Julio Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he can’t believe White is on the street.

White, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver in catches (808), yards (10,863) and touchdowns (63), was released in March. He wants to continue playing for a contender. Carolina, Tampa Bay and Minnesota have been mentioned as possible landing spots for White.

Jones thought White would be signed by now.

“I’m very surprised, but you know how it is in the NFL,” Jones said. “Guys kind of wait until the last minute to make that decision.”

Yes, Joe is nervous. The Bucs are a Mike Evans tweak, or a Jackson knee-knock from a mess, one that would be avoidable with a guy like White in the mix. Joe is a non-believer when it comes to Kenny Bell (Joe would like to see him catch a preseason pass first), and Joe thinks Adam Humphries is a fantastic No. 5 receiver, not a No. 3 or No. 4.

Joe has a hard time believing the Bucs’ braintrust is confident in its current crop of receivers. Joe would almost be surprised if the team doesn’t make a depth move this summer.

34 Responses to ““I’m Very Surprised””

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    While I was totally opposed to this, The Bucs are in a bit of a corner for WR. Old and slow and major declined numbers is not the traits that I hoped that the Bucs would have to settle for!!! The draft next year will be look for WR with terms like speed and explosiveness!!!!

    If they do sign Roddy White it might be after the first game as he will still be on a coach and his contract will not be guaranteed!!!!!!!!!!

  2. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    I would like us to sign White and Dwight Freeney. If we make any sort of playoff push, guys like that would be nice to have around.

  3. Fsuking Says:

    I’d bet anything that Roddy White doesn’t want to be a backup. If Kenny Bell is good enough in training camp, there isn’t one single reason he shouldn’t be our 3.

  4. Owlykat Says:

    Let’s don’t forget Spencer who is out of Ohio State and son of our RB’s Coach and has good hands and is so fast he can also run back kicks and punts. He is on our roster and once he learns our plays I expect him to be a decent backup if Jackson gets hurt again. Let’s don’t waste money on an over the hill player when we already have a long time solution.

  5. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Best case scenario no one gets injured, Kenny Bell pans out. and now we have AMAZING WR depth with bell and white splitting time as 3/4 receivers. and we get an extra veteran presence who knows how to be a pro

  6. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Anyone that clicks on “Enjoy A Threesome With Dirk Koetter” needs to explore their sexuality.

    On topic, maybe White is asking more than he is worth.

  7. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Owlykat Says
    “Let’s don’t waste money on an over the hill player when we already have a long time solution.”

    IF White comes cheap, there is nothing wrong with signing him. WRs has more roster spots than any other position on the team. We can spare at least two of them for quality aging WRs (Jackson and White).

  8. Mike Johnson Says:

    Ok Buc Realist..Here’s your chance! That 3some between you, Lovie and Koetter. Whew!! Your gonna take a pounding boy!! DAhahahahaha.

  9. BFFL Says:

    Not giving Adam Humphries enough credit. Actually caught a higher percentage of balls thrown his way than White. I’d much rather root for a hard working up and coming guy with potential than some guy at the tail end of his career with one foot in retirement. Love to see this team develop that Julian Edelman type.

  10. Brian Says:

    Or maybe EVERY TEAM IN THE LEAGUE would have a problem if it lost TWO of its starting three receivers. Being so worried is ridiculous.

  11. BigHogHaynes Says:

    He’ll enjoy every inch of it!

  12. Swaggy64 Says:

    First of all, even though he would want more money and does not have a cozy history with Koetter, I’d rather have Anquan Boldin than Roddy White, but I’d settle for White. The real problem is, both guys want to play for contenders, and unfortunately, that’s not the natonal perception of our Bucs…yet

  13. 813bucboi Says:

    @mike Johnson and bighog…..LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    two words…one player….ANDRE DAVIS….I like him to win the #3wr spot….GO BUCS!!!!

  14. LordCornelius Says:

    We need to add somebody. Really wanted Mike Wallace as speed threat but Boldin or White would be good guys to have as insurance

  15. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    June 8th, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Anyone that clicks on “Enjoy A Threesome With Dirk Koetter” needs to explore their sexuality.

    On topic, maybe White is asking more than he is worth.

    Well as a woman, it did peak my interest indeed..

    On topic..since the day Roddy became a FA, I have pounded, emailed, tweeted, begged and screamed for the Bucs to pick him up. I still have hope though..

  16. muvlodge Says:

    I have been whining about this on other sites. I like Joe, am beside myself that they are having Winston have to work with such mediocrity. I would totally be down with White, seeing as VJAX & Murphy are question marks health wise. As mentioned Evans is a hammy tweak away from not being 100% all season. I like Humphries at a 3 if need be. Bell is a total question mark and Spencer as well. We have plenty of cap, so why not bring a White in and let him compete and may the best man win?????? What is so wrong with that???

  17. muvlodge Says:

    Oh yeah guys, I forgot about Dontea Dye??? He should really be cleaning jock straps in the equipment room. I heard he has a fetishist where he likes sniffing them. Supposedly he is actually really good at it.

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    My bet is that they are counting on Bell…..and perhaps are confident that Murphy will return…..
    There are cases where a 1 year contract for a vet makes sense…..this may be one of them…..but perhaps too soon to make the move.

  19. Cobraboy Says:

    The CBA makes it difficult to bring in a “vested” veteran because their entire salary is guaranteed, unless they are signed after the first regular season game.

    Expect the Whites and Freenys to enter then…

  20. USFBUC Says:

    I think we will be fine this season but going into next offseason will be interesting. VJax has to retire at some point and Louis Murphy is up there too. So that leaves us with ME, Humphries, and everyone else either having “potential” or needing to be cut.

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    There is obviously something in Roddy’s game now that they don’t like or see as a problem/drop off. It could be his lack of blocking or maybe something else.

  22. Dave Says:

    I think bell is going to be the 3-4. I wouldn’t mind seeing white for a year as the 3-4 with bell. He is a good reliable target for JW.
    Not sure if Murphy is healthy.
    Humphries is 5.
    I wonder if the concern is suddenly losing him and VJax after the year and having to start fresh? Maybe they’re thinking they’d rather have some young guys come along with JW now.
    I wouldn’t do it that, just saying.
    Personally I do think Bell will emerge though.

  23. Brent bull/buc Says:

    Waste money??? Who cares as long as it’s spent wisely. It’s not your money. I’d give white a shot. They should have drafted a fast receiver instead of a kicker. What about dt? That position is equally thin. We have cap room. Glazers pinching pennies? I don’t get it.

  24. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Our offense had a decent year in 2015 ( even with the injuries ), we don’t need to add any washed up baggage to our receiving corps. This season everyone is healthy and we should show a lot of improvement from last season. What we do need is a power back ( short yardage back) maybe Peyton Barber can fill the role. Our offense will be ok, the defense should be our focus of concern.

  25. Johnny Says:


  26. Cobraboy Says:

    BigMacAttack Says:

    There is obviously something in Roddy’s game now that they don’t like or see as a problem/drop off. It could be his lack of blocking or maybe something else.

    Johnny Says:


    Yeah. What teams don’t like is both are “vested veterans” and if signed before the first regular season game have to GUARANTEE THEIR ENTIRE CONTRACT.

    Who wants to do that with regular players, much less guys who may have eroded skills?

    Who would like to hear either White or Boldin were signed to an expensive vested veteran guaranteed contract, full boat, no matter what their skills currently are?

    I sure wouldn’t.

    IMO, it’s a bad dealio for older players in the current CBA. I’ll predict some sort of carve-out deal in the next.

    I really like the idea of Roddy White in pewter and red ending his career, but not on a guaranteed contract.

  27. richbucsfan Says:

    “lack of receiving depth” … how about overall lack of depth? this is why the Bucs won’t finish above .500 this season…hopefully, they’ll make the right moves next off season to bring in depth… while Licht is great at the draft, he is a bit slow on the draw with free agency (unless he has no confidence in who is out there)…hoping there are few and I mean few injuries this season

  28. Mike Johnson Says:

    Bo excuses Buc fans. Don’t wanna hear’em! WE/You?they got our new regime like we begged for. Now THEY must deliver. WIN or take your place at the local fishing hole with Schiano and Lovie. The Bucs will finally get it in about 10 yrs. You can’t keep firing coaches every 2 yrs and expect the, Rabbit to appear out of the hat! Yes, I’ve been brainwashed by the Glazers and fickle Buc fans too… If you cannot win in 2..You are Through!!
    Problem is though these new coaching guys did not deliver in Atlanta. What the hell made you think they are gonna deliver here?

  29. BucTrooper Says:

    WR is the one position that is so thin, it can doom the entire season. Jackson or Evans goes out, the D loads up the Box on Martin and it’s hello 4-12.

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    Mike Johnson Says:

    “Problem is though these new coaching guys did not deliver in Atlanta. What the hell made you think they are gonna deliver here?”

    Answer : Jameis Effing Winston

  31. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    I hear ya 813,


    He’s my sleeper pick at WR this season, I was hoping he would get a shot last season when Jax went down, but I guess he had to learn the play book first, now that he has some of the plays down, hopefully he will shine in preseason and show the bucs what theve been missing out on. All he needs is a shot to show them he can ball. Unlike Humphries and Dye, he has the size to play in the slot and be explosive. And odds are Murphy will not sustain a whole season without getting injured. He will be the guy Im watching for in preseason, thats for sure.

  32. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    @Mike Johnson

    “They didn’t deliver in ATL, what makes u think they will here?”

    Go check the stats partner, his first five seasons went like this…

    1st season for Smith as HC was 2008
    2008: 11-5
    2009: 9-7
    2010: 13-3
    2011: 10-6
    went to the playoffs his first 4 out of 5 seasons. Your gonna tell me you wouldn’t take that as a bucs fan?? Check the #s before you start stating dumb sh*t like that dude.

  33. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    OK I’m confused Joe…you don’t trust a “hasn’t done anything yet” guy like Bell at WR if Evans or Jackson were to get hurt, but by all the trade Glennon posts is it a safe assumption that you’re fine wheeling out “hasn’t done anything yet” Griffin if Winston were to get hurt? I would think experienced quality depth at QB is as important if not more so than a position like WR where a player isn’t touching the ball virtually every offensive snap.

  34. Cam Says:

    Doesn’t look like Roddy White will be a Buc.
    ” Former Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said he will end up retiring if he doesn’t catch on with a contender. “I’ll let it go into the season, maybe Week 4 or 5,” White explained. “If it doesn’t happen, I’ll be putting my cleats on a power line, just like Marshawn Lynch.”” NFL.com