Deflating The Cordarrelle Patterson Balloon

January 22nd, 2017

Bucs GM Jason Licht

In the quest for #weaponsforwinston, Bucs fans have been zeroing in on two-time Pro Bowl explosive return man/receiver Cordarrelle Patterson of the Vikings.

After Patterson’s chatter this weekend, Joe believes Bucs fans should drop the fantasy. The former 2013 first-round pick doesn’t want to leave Minnesota.

Patterson talked to Sports Illustrated, and ESPN Twin Cities wrote all about what now has Vikings fans hot in the pants.

“I would say yes,” Patterson said, when asked if he felt wanted by the Vikings. “Those two years, I didn’t feel like I was wanted. I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to lie for nobody. I didn’t feel wanted. I had a lot of thought going in my head, I wanted to get out of there. I was telling [receivers coach] George Stewart, ‘I’m trying to get out of here.’ But we had a long talk, he was like, ‘The grass ain’t greener, it might not be greener on the other side.’ We sat down and talked and this year I felt like, hey, I’m wanted. I want to be here. This is the team that drafted me, I’ve been here four years, I know everybody around here, my family loves it here so why go somewhere else where things might go wrong?”

Patterson was praised by head coach Mike Zimmer for his change in attitude and willingness to take on different roles. Early in the season, he excelled as a gunner on punt coverage, then became a more significant part of the offense.

There’s no reason to believe the Vikings will come close to letting Patterson walk. He’s in next week’s Pro Bowl again as a returner, and he just caught a career high 52 balls. More important, Patterson has rediscovered peace and happiness in his job.

Joe’s sure the Bucs will have to look elsewhere for speed in their return game and at wide receiver.

40 Responses to “Deflating The Cordarrelle Patterson Balloon”

  1. Lpao22 Says:

    Alright, next up. Ted Ginn. Unless they draft a returner like kermit Whitfield

  2. Kevin Says:

    Didnt really like him anyway, kenny stills is the only guy im OK with thats a fa not a lot of great options out there.

  3. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    I’m not caught up in the mindset that we need a new gunner so bad. We need #Weaponsforwinston
    What if we sign Stills, he process to be a stuff at returner… Will Capt Dirk screw the offense AGAIN with that “he’s too valuable a special teamer, so we limit his time on offense” I would lose my mind
    We need a punt returner. I can agree with that, but not too the point that one of our primary targets for #3 has to be on the field instead of being on the hip of #13 and trying to emulate him and soaking up all that is the offense

  4. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    Proves to be a stud at returner^^^
    Damn JOE give us a edit button

  5. Tampa Tony Says:

    Still not sold Licht can get Winston any weapons that aren’t cfl level

  6. ndog Says:

    Bullet dodged!

  7. 941BUC Says:

    All I can say is money talks.and if that doesn’t work I guarantee if we get AP he will wanna follow.

  8. Ed Says:

    Lots of great receivers came out of later rounds.

    Garçon, Emanuel Sanders and Travis Kelcie were all 3rd round picks.

    Antonio Brown and Doug Baldwin were not drafted. Julian Edelman was a 7th round pick.

    Those players all were in the top 20 receiving.

    Pierre Garçon would be a reliable #2 receiver won’t come cheap.

  9. NewTampaChris Says:

    Money talks, baby! If Licht thinks Patterson is a keeper, he can make it expensive for the Vikes to pony up.

    And the thought of catching 3-yard passes from Sam Bradford can’t be all that interesting…

  10. Architek Says:

    This is a good individual story for a guy that has develop in a specialist. This player is not a game changer alone, thus you don’t reach or overpay him. I would say that it’s worth investigating but you can get these players in mid-late rounds.

    FA get the best fit for your need on O and D.

    I’d say draft BPA/need at 19

  11. Architek Says:

    it’s those middle round gaffs we need to do better with!

  12. ndog Says:

    Architek no body is perfect in the draft we got Kwon in the 4th round and Pamphile in the 5th but I agree it would be nice if we can get 1-5 round picks to make the team every year but that’s just not likely.

  13. Ed Says:

    We already have a beast in Evans but our revolving #2 receivers are not starters🛀🏽

    Cecil Shorts and Russell Sheppard didn’t cut it. Humphries is fine as a number 3.

    Let’s hope Licht passes on Patterson. He’s ok for depth and special teams but Mike Evans and Winston need a reliable number 2. I’d be ecstatic if we could sign a FA like Pierre Garcon, Terrelle Pryor or Kenny Stills. Garcon is durable productive, more speed w Pryor or Stills.

    Ted Ginn is a FA. Love his speed and return game but drops a lot of balls and is older than these others.

  14. SB Says:

    Pryor is the one I want most in FA. DeShaun Jackson is next but I think he is going to Philly. If we can’t land Pryor then we will have to find our 2wr in the Draft.

  15. Etzel Says:

    Why would Patterson leave a place where he knows everyone to take a chance on a place that might not be the right fit?


  16. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Like Garcon toughness and reliability. If Pryor wanna roll wit Mike an accepts being the number 2(not so sure he will) then get’em the building.

  17. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    See what jersey this dude playing sax wearing. He ain’t concerned wit what they gave to get’em.

  18. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    I’m sorry he plays for a rival but I’m a huge Julio fan.

  19. Wc3310 Says:

    If we go speed in the draft id like adoree jackson in the 3rd. Great returner and imo a better reciever than Db. Prefer Bucs use him there

  20. SB Says:

    Man both the QBs in this game are bad AS$

  21. SB Says:

    Sorry………..I am watching Atl and GB

  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Our division is soon going to be the toughest in the nfl…

    On topic, I don’t think we need a returner at all.

  23. Gencoimports Says:

    Ed, your point is well taken, but Antonio Brown was actually drafted. 6th round pick.

  24. Rod Munch Says:

    Kenny Stills has also said this… I’ve been saying it but people ignore it… EVERYONE has money this offseason, nearly everyone that isn’t the Cowboys anyways. You will only get players by recruiting them are by so massively overpaying them you’re making a terrible deal. Unless the team asks Jameis to go out there and recruit guys we’re going to get the 2nd and 3rd rate guys like we normally do – and make no mistake I like getting Patterson as a 5th WR and a return guy, but he’s a 3rd rate player in FA.

  25. JameisDungy Says:

    Best thing for Matt Ryan’s career was the Falcons firing Mike Smith/Dirk Koetter.

    Its a good thing for the Bucs…but yea its not close in terms of play calling.

    I think Koetter is as good of a HC as Quinn. However, Shanahan is a vastly superior play caller.

  26. SB Says:

    Watching Keanu Neal and Brian Poole make big plays in the NFCCG and seeing as how we have VH3 and Jalen Tabor will be a first round pick next yr it is hard to believe that ALL 4 of them were on the field for the Gators in 2015……………Man if only the Gators would have had a QB.

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    Watching this game knowing if the Bucs get that tie breaker versus Detroit – which they should have had – they go in the road and beat Seattle – I have no question if they, then Jameis goes to Atlanta and does what he does – he beats Atlanta in Atlanta. This game would have been us playing the Packers, which based on this performance, the Bucs in then SB!

    Instead Detroit gets a week 3 tiebreaker of the Bucs versus the Rams, a game that gets delayed an hour, Winston throws for 4oo yards and gets the Bucs to the 4 yard line and Dirk has yet to figure out his timeouts work.


  28. Artemis Rand Says:

    And with that the NFC South becomes the first division since the 2002 realignment to send each of its members to a Super Bowl (during that span of time that is…)…

  29. Artemis Rand Says:

    Oh, and FWIW – drafting a speedy WR is great but just remember that we drafted a speedster named Danny Peebles that was supposed to open up the Bucs offense like never before and allow Bruce Hill, Mark Carrier, and Ron Hall to be lethal and for Vinny to finally realize his promise and we all know how that turned out…

    Of course, Ray Perkins would have turned Joe Montana into an interception machine too. That guy was a complete hard ass and grade “A” idiot…

  30. Not there yet Says:

    It was better to talk about the possibility of a young free agent more than the aged receivers joebucs forces on the people like the fascination with Roddy white last year it’ll be DeSean Jackson and Pierre garcon but at least those two have speed.

    If fans can be comfortable with an undrafted free agent like Humphries starting them everyone should be thrilled about drafting a receiver with the first pick.

    So many have that ESPN mentality by defining a guy as a number one or two but I say go get a guy with the first pick. Don’t understand why everyone wants a number 2 receiver if you draft the right guy wouldn’t you expect him to have a number one mentality, you want the guy to be better than Evans not a compliment to him. Get a guy that’s pushing to be a number one. Mike Evans is the number one guy because there’s no one else at the receiver position that comes close to his talent. Draft a guy and let the opponents figure out who is our biggest threat

  31. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Not there yet Says
    “…you want the guy to be better than Evans not a compliment to him. Get a guy that’s pushing to be a number one.”

    That is a very, very good point.

  32. cmurda Says:

    I’m watching the Steelers unable to hang with the Patriots for the same reason that we would be unable. The Steelers have 1 stud WR and very little after that. Similar to us. Their TE is not as good as Brate and they have no legit #2 WR. This is the reason that we badly need a solid #2. Desean Jackson is what we need. A guy that can take the top off a D and open everything else for M.E.

  33. Rod Munch Says:

    Desean Jackson Is injury prone and high maintaince and is already 30 years old. Yeah WRs don’t fall off the face of the earth like RBs do at 30 – but those thinking D Jackson is gonna play more than V Jackson has lately, I don’t think they pay much attention. I’d rather have Pierre Garcon who is also 30, but plays a style that ages better and best I know he’s been healthy.

    For those saying we should get someone better than Evans… LOL. He’s one of the top 5, maybe top 3 WRs in the game. Yeah let’s just trade a 4th rounder to the Giants for OBJ, I’m sure they’ll go for that.

  34. SB Says:

    What Cmurda said. G’nite fellas.

  35. Buc1987 Says:

    cmurda…be nice to have a Leveon Bell too.

  36. cmurda Says:

    @87. True. I see us addressing RB in the draft. If Dalvin doesn’t fall into our lap then I see us going with a lower round flier. FA could definitely change this also.

  37. cmurda Says:


    Injury prone? Nope. He missed a grand total of 18 games in 9 years. 7 of those came in 2015. You begin your argument about Jackson’s age and lobby for Garcon who is the same age? Come on man. You’re completely wrong. Garcon would be settling for second best. First of all, Garcon is a possession receiver and will do little to back defenses off of M.E. He plays a similar style to M.E. Desean would cause the safeties to play over the top and M.E. would dominate the middle and intermediate. With Garcon you get a lot of jockeying for the same area. I certainly wouldn’t be upset to land Pierre but he would be the second best FA signing from the Skins WR’s. DeSean 17.7 yd average per catch, Pierre 12.5. Look at the numbers. It’s a no-brainer.

  38. JameisDungy Says:

    In the end it turns out the Bucs would have been a tougher team for the Falcons to face. Brutal.

    Our defense was playing much better to end the season. Although Dirk and the offense was struggling as well. Would have been a better game though!!

  39. TeddyTB Says:

    @ Not there yet I wish more bucs fans would see what your saying. Why go sign some old pretty good guys when you can get a young stud (like Corey Davis) for cheaper and longer. Plus god forbid Mike Evans gets injured we’d have the worst receivers in the league by far.

  40. Brandon Says:

    A player saying he wants to stay is a whole lot different when it comes time to put pen to paper and sign a contract. Florida is his home state and realistically, I’m sure the Bucs are a more appealing team on paper. Patterson’s admission is no different than everybody else saying they want to stay put.