Calling Dexter McCluster

September 2nd, 2016

McCLusterWhaddya know. There’s a talented former Pro Bowler on the street who can run the ball, catch the ball out of the backfield or as a wideout, and return the ball.

And the Bucs have a need for that kind of guy.

Joe’s talking about 28-year-old Dexter McCluster, the pride of Largo High and a second-round pick of the Chiefs in 2010.

McCluster was cut by the Titans, where former right hand man to Jason Licht, Titans GM Jon Robinson, is the new sheriff in Tennessee and has been cleaning house.

McCluster hasn’t been special the past couple of years, but the Bucs don’t need special. They need competence and depth, which McCluster should be able to provide.

Considering McCluster might have plenty of gas left in his tank, what would be the harm to get him in the building for a workout?

63 Responses to “Calling Dexter McCluster”

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    Couldn’t hurt! We NEED a return man.

  2. Kevin Says:

    Meh, if hes anything less than what he was 3 years ago….than not so sure he would be much of a contributer. Hes only 28 and is being cut by the titans is not a ringing endorsement for anyone.

  3. Getaclue Says:

    Pleaseeeeee, just the type of dude we need and probably a nice Licht “value signing”

  4. JonBuc Says:

    I would be all for it. Wanted him 2-3 years ago when he was a free agent…seems like he play’s slot receiver at times as well.

  5. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    My sister has a kid with this guy. Lol

  6. sb_demon Says:

    Kenny who? This is why I had no issues with cutting Bell. Going to be plenty of explosive players available who offer more. Would be interesting to see how Koetter would use Dex Mc if they acquire him.

  7. Espo Says:


    What do you usually say about fans wanting a player they recognize? I mean, I’m all for it, but he may fall under that category.

  8. Gilhealy Says:

    they just cut Bishop Sankey and Justin Hunter. Hunter has good hands.

  9. Getaclue Says:

    I’m not worried about how he looked with the Titans, there are deeper reasons of why they have had a number one overall pick and number overall pick back to back

  10. Kevin Says:

    Lets watch the GOOD teams and grab off of theyre scrap pile yeah???!!!!!!

  11. iamkingsu Says:

    I think Jameis can get production out of Hunter.

  12. Dick Butkiss Says:

    Kevin, they cut him because the Titans are loaded at RB. No room for him on the roster.

  13. Gilhealy Says:

    I say pick up Hunter and get a first hand take on the #1 and #2 picks. Let him catch a few from Jameis. What say you, Justin? But seriously, I believe a look see may result in a good #4 wr.

  14. Dewey Selmon Says:

    That means the ball is not in Martin/Sims hands. I’ll pass.

  15. rrsrq Says:

    I would like to see them go after Hunter, Hunter had no receiver in Tennessee that he could learn from like we have VJax, plus that is the selling point, VJax in his last year of his contract, not sure about his speed, but he does have good size and I’.pretty sure he is better than anyone we have after VJax and ME, including Humphries, don’t get me wrong, I’m expecting consistency with Hump but don’t think he is going to blow me or anybody else away when teams start game planning. McCluster can be our ST guy and and does he even play receiver other than lining up there on occasion.

  16. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    I’ve been asking for over a few days now, no one seems to know. “Who are the good teams”??? I’m curious.

  17. briandorry55 Says:

    I would rather have Justin Hunter than Dexter McCluster. McCluster is a slot receiver at best, and we’ve got one of those for the long haul. Hunter has the size and talent to potentially develop into Jackson’s replacement.

  18. tmaxcon Says:

    go get hunter mr licht

    i don’t much care about kick returner given the fact the league is trying to eliminate kick returns and it’s such a small part of the game now. kick returns are way down.

  19. Mike Johnson Says:

    Cut those who cannot cut the mustard Mr.Koetter. Show are the coach who will take us there. Tampa Bay has long held on to..mediocre talent over the years. Thus..a Mediocre record yr after yr. Either produce or hit the pavement. WE NEED BALLERS! And I would not feel bad if we traded pretty boy…ASJ!!! Say what you want about Bellacheat. But you either make a solid contribution with the Pats or You’re history. That’s what we need. Lets win some GD games,,up from the celler!

  20. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:


  21. LakeLandBuc Says:

    I would sign McCluster and get rid of a TE, we have too much trash at that position.

  22. Erik w/ Clean Athletics & United Games - a new 'Interactive' Fantasy Sports app by the makers of Madden Football Says:

    The Bucs are the best team on our schedule, in my opinion.


  23. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Nole, the good teams are the playoffs teams, and the SUCK teams are the BOTTOM FEEDERS. I hope this answer your question.

  24. BucGator Says:

    I would rather have Hunter. He has talent and was a great guy when training with us at IMG.

  25. tmaxcon Says:

    Mike Johnson

    well said sir. it’s time for the bucs to raise the standards and stop settling for the basement and basement talent. produce or go away. feel good story’s and mediocre favorite players do not win championships. no excuses – productive players win championships. with the wussified CBA you can’t demonstrate as much patience with players because of the limited practice time and no hitting. bubble wrap the world mentality or you might chip a toe nail and the intense coddling of players has caused more harm than good I would bet. the numbers will come out.

  26. DB55 Says:

    2 years ago yes, today not so sure.

  27. K2 Says:

    Would you cut Mike James to make room for him?

  28. T Bone Says:

    Lets go get Dex! He can do it!

  29. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Into the dumpster we go.

  30. LifeOfABucFan Says: and I have been on the same page since I am came along..

    Hope you guys read today how the Bucs defense was rated number 1 in preseason..


    To stay on topic..more cuts tomorrow and I am sure Licht has his eyes on two of the releases from today..I won’t say who cause I don’t want to jinx it..

  31. EspoSucks Says:

    Don’t it go in draft order who gets to claim these guys 1st or no?

  32. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Nothing special lately? Try never!


  33. Buc1987 Says:

    I hate rain now.

  34. Shabazz Says:

    no kickoffs come back to the 25… and we just need a sure handed punt returner nothing special just field the ball if u get 5 yards thats cool

  35. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Nothing special lately? Try never!”


    He was in the Pro Bowl just a couple years ago. Regardless of how much people like to downplay that honor, you don’t get there unless you know how to play football. Nobody is going to mistake him with Devin Hester, but he is a legitimate NFL returner, who can also play WR or RB. Is he better than what we have at the return position? Absolutely. He can provide depth, and something tells me Koetter will get the most out of his skill set. This seems like a no brainer to me, which of course means we won’t even attempt to get him.

  36. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “I’ve been asking for over a few days now, no one seems to know. “Who are the good teams”??? I’m curious.”


    It’s not really going to matter what I say because you’re just going to poke holes in each team (plus it’s a new season and we really don’t know), but here goes: New England, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Denver, Kansas City, Green Bay, Seattle, and Carolina are all perennial playoff teams. They all may not be contenders, but they are legitimate good teams. Again, I’m sure you will poke holes, but people could poke holes in our roster as well. That’s kind of why you play the season. If we can win 3 games out of our first 5, then we will be in excellent shape. I would be happy with 2. But as myself and others keep telling you, we are not a championship contender, no matter how much Kool-Aid you drink.

  37. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Idk who this hunter guy is, but if the titans cut him, then he probably really sucks.

  38. Kevin Says:

    To bad Tebow doesn’t wanna play TE…

  39. Onetrubuc Says:

    I’m all about taking a look at anyone that can add talent to our roster. We need a solid proven KR / WR at the 4 & 5 spot

  40. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Lakeland I was hoping someone would be more specific so I could dissect whom ever they would refer to. This Buccs team is good enough to beat any team from the entire playoffs last season.

  41. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    TBBF’S 53 Bubble players

    DaVonte Lambert
    Josh Robinson
    Evan Spencer
    Channing Ward
    Alan Cross

    These might be on Joe’s list but Joe might add ASJ to his.

  42. Buccfan37 Says:

    The good teams are the teams that have a overall winning percentage against the Bucs, most of them. The ones to beat. The bad teams have the same or worse losing percentage as the Bucs. Despite parity, some teams continue to struggle. The ones to beat bad. The league would be thrilled if every team finished 8-8.

  43. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Possible Additions

    • RB James Wilder Jr.
    • RB/KR Kerwynn Williams
    • RB/KR/WR Dexter McCluster
    • RB/FB Juwan Thompson
    • WR Justin Hunter
    • OT Rob Crisp
    • OT Reid Fragel
    • G Robert Myers

    • DT Will Sutton
    • LB/DE Ryan Davis
    • LB Eric Lee
    • LB Christian Jones
    • CB Sterling Moore
    • CB Mario Butler
    • CB Charles Gaines
    • CB Pierre Desir

  44. SB with Jameis Says:

    If you guys don’t understand let me help you out. NosBos is wanting some of you to NAME the ‘good’ teams…………….Not that hard I would think

  45. SB with Jameis Says:

    What up LUV mein Bruddah. We don’t need no stinking CBs though.

  46. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    SB with Jameis

    Whats goods brotha?

    We don’t need no stinking CBs though

    From versatility stand point – I’ll take Sterling Moore over Josh Robinson.
    Remember a perceived strength – can be a weakness overnight in the NFL.

  47. salish_seamonster Says:

    ^^ They obviously didn’t want Sterling Moore, so that’s the end of that discussion.

    Don’t see any new bodies at OL, TE, RB, CB. There’s a high likelihood at WR, slight chance at DT (replacing Lambert), maybe a LB (replacing Glanton), maybe a developmental safety if there’s one they like. I think this roster is more set than any initial 53 in the post-Gruden years.

  48. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We don’t need 5 TEs…….pick this guy up….

  49. LakeLandBuc Says:

    lol replacing Glanton

  50. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “This Buccs team is good enough to beat any team from the entire playoffs last season.”


    Based on what? Us beating Cleveland in the preseason? We’re 8-24 over the last 2 years. How many teams can you name that do that and come back the next season and tear it up? I think we will be much improved, but give me a break that we are better than most playoff teams. Sure we could beat any team on any given Sunday, but that goes for every team in the league. It’s a process to become a contender. We are headed in the right direction, but we have a long way to go. You are setting yourself up for severe disappointment.

  51. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    I guess we’ll see who knows they speak of here shortly now won’t we 50. Stay tuned dude.

  52. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    50 says “its a process to become contenders”. Hmmm the NFL network did a top ten count down on teams that went from worse to first meaning winning a Superbowl. I tend to think you are under selling the quality of your football team. But again we’ll see her shortly.

  53. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    50 says “its a process to become contenders”.. GMC say “we have all the pieces”. VJax says “I’ve been preparing myself for a 22week season that includes the Superbowl”. Guess these guys are delusional huh. Now I’ma ask you again who should believe??? The players or you..

  54. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Oh and just so we’re clear that count down was of teams that finished last in they’re divisions one season and came back an won the Superbowl the next season bro. You like many other here appear caught up in analytics. Me I tread more towards what my eyeball tells me. Process my @$$.

  55. martinii Says:

    5 tight ends is a real head scratcher,(Alan Cross????) I don’t think Channing Ward made one tackle in a pre-season game. I like McCluster, wish we would have drafted him. Glad to see them keep Banks and Verner. We are going to need all the CB we can get in NFC SOUTH. Webster got the big UDFA Bonus, but Josh Allen played one hell of a game against the Browns. I think Bell was stretch when we drafted him. Overall I am satisfied with the roster, the five or six guys I disagree with won’t dress anyway.

  56. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Bonzai has come on this site many times and pushed for young receivers with potential.I agree with this concept.We need receivers whose skills have not eroded or have baggage.We want a receiver that can compete with one’s and two’s not the 5’s and 6’s.Just my opinion.

  57. LargoBuc Says:

    McCluster would love to play with Jameis. Apparently everyone in the league is anticipating Jameis to take that next step this year, so any fans of opposing tems that don’t get it will very shortly. GO BUCS!

  58. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Hawaiian Buc Says
    He was in the Pro Bowl just a couple years ago. Regardless of how much people like to downplay that honor, you don’t get there unless you know how to play football.

    You have got to be joking! The Pro Bowl has nothing to do with how well you play. It’s about how many fans vote for you.

  59. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Does anyone agree with me that we need more depth at LB?? Some experience wouldn’t hurt. We have none behind our starters and cut the one LB that was our best ST player at that position. (J.George)

  60. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    GMC say “we have all the pieces”. VJax says “I’ve been preparing myself for a 22week season that includes the Superbowl”. Guess these guys are delusional huh. Now I’ma ask you again who should believe??? The players or you..”


    What do you expect the players to say? They were saying the same thing last year. Do you not remember “California Dreaming”?

  61. Cobraboy Says:

    Why are folks surprised at five TE’s? This is a Run First offense with RB’s and an OL built for that.

    Much of the running game is with an H-back. It’s common to see 3 TE’s on the field at the same time in this offense.

    Much of the passing game is play-action. Play-action doesn’t work that well in spread offenses, but does when TE’s force LB’s & safeties closer to the LOS.

    This team threw for 4000 yards last season with basically the same set of WR’s.

    No need to panic at all.

  62. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    You totally disregard the Pro Bowl, yet I wonder why is the number of Pro Bowls literally the first thing mentioned when discussing someone being Hall of Fame worthy? And I also wonder if it’s just the vote, why haven’t we had any return men in the Pro Bowl lately? I guess McCluster is just a popular guy. I guess I don’t remember him being a candidate for the Madden cover. Or maybe it’s because he came from the HUGE media markets of Kansas City and Nashville? You’re right, Pro Bowl means nothing. Thanks for letting the ill-informed know.

  63. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “The Pro Bowl has nothing to do with how well you play. It’s about how many fans vote for you.”


    Perhaps if you were a little more informed, you would know that the fan vote is only 1/3 of the total vote for the Pro Bowl. Guess what the other 2/3 are? That’s right, players and coaches.