Jameis: “I Was Lobbying Hard”

June 16th, 2017


Despite what some fringe wackos think, America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, is not running the Buccaneers’ organization.

What Jameis wants, Jameis does not get, so he explained yesterday.

Speaking to iconic ESPN Tallahassee host Jeff Cameron yesterday, Jameis acknowledged he was hard at work before this year’s NFL Draft trying to influence the real decision makers at One Buc Palace.

Jameis was ignored.

His pleas for Tampa Bay to select Florida State running back Dalvin Cook were snubbed.

“You know, I was lobbying hard,” Jameis said of his work on Cook’s behalf. “But the thing is about the draft, I never have the final say so, you know. And I trust those guys upstairs; O. J. [Howard] was a great pick for us. And he is doing amazing out there. I actually, I was telling our guys, ‘Dalvin not even going to be on the board when we get to us.’ And when he was, I was like, ‘Well, let’s see what we do.'”

Of course, the Bucs passed on Cook in the first round, as did every NFL team. Cook was drafted No. 41 overall in Round 2 by the Vikings. Hopefully, the Cook/Latavius Murray tag team doesn’t run wild on the Bucs in Week 3 in Minnesota.

So Jameis lost out on his treasured Seminoles teammate. Perhaps that’s why he’s been giving Bobo Wilson private lessons.

21 Responses to “Jameis: “I Was Lobbying Hard””

  1. Buc50 Says:

    I still believe that the only reason Cook isn’t on this team is that OJ Howard was still on the board. Taking Howard was a no brainer at that point.

  2. Miko Says:

    Management can’t get stuck in the FSU trap…Aguayo as an example…down the road, Jameis can get his wish with the appropriate free agent signings of former FSU guys that become available…The draft?, hands off Jameis..

  3. ZZBucs!!! Says:

    COahes coach, GM manage and players play……….So whatever lobby you ere doing, shouldn’t be done……..Stop the ego, work hard, improve your accuracy and you can be a great player………So….shut up and do your job!!! You are not a superstar, sure you can be…….You are to young to be lobbing for players…..For an organization to succeed, each part has to do his job….

  4. Jim Says:

    Nothing wrong with lobbying. It is way better than not making it to the team photo.

  5. DBS Says:

    So I guess we will no longer see “what Jameis wants Jameis gets”.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    By now we have run out of players Jameis played with at FSU….so he will no longer need to lobby players in the draft.

    Now, as for players on the team….that’s another matter….I am quite certain he has influence…either way, good or bad.

    He may be able to influence the final WR slot, for example.

  7. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    This just shows we still have a healthy balance.

    I’m fine with #3 lobbying for whatever he wants…in fact I’m happy to have him do it…he saw Dalvin up close and simply expressed his opinion.

    When #3 lobbies for players or even plays to be called I expect Licht/Koetter to listen to #3…consider his opinion….then make a final decision.

    Clearly #3 realizes the chain of commands and how the league actually works.
    It’s all good!

  8. Phil Says:

    I’m surprised we didn’t move back up to get him. I think we will be sorry.

  9. martinii Says:

    At least he is enthusiastic enough to express his ideas’s. The thing about Jameis is he wants it all. Didn’t he lobby for Adrian Peterson also. He got his man in DJAX. I wish in a way he wouldn’t have gotten Aguayo but hey nothing wrong with focusing on winning. Kwon wanted Beckwith. I;m just glad that Jameis got his weapons, should be a fun year.

  10. Doctor Stroud Says:

    I may be suffering from proprioception, but I seem to recall a report indicating that the Bucs were trying to trade up in the second round (maybe for Cook?). If true, that might provide fuel to the “fringe wackos”. Licht did his due diligence to try to get Jameis what he wanted. Oh well, it didn’t work out.

  11. Big Marlon B Says:

    i’m definitely very happy with the Howard pick, never expected him to still be on the board at 19.

    But mentioning the Murray/Cook tandem is funny, because that’s the duo i was warming up to seeing in Tampa. let’s hope Martin keeps his head on straight

  12. Wausa Says:

    I agree with Phil.
    We went from having one of the league’s worst receiving group(even with the elite Mike Evans) to potentially the best in the NFL.

    However, we had arguably the worst running backs in the NFL last year and we only added a 5th round pick.

    We better hope they hit a home run with our 5th round pick or our starter has stopped using drugs and is on the team after week 3.

    If the Bucs would have traded up and got Dalvin Cook early in the 2nd to go with OJ Howard in the first our offense would have legit top 3 potential in 2017.

  13. Supersam Says:

    Doug gonna show em

  14. FutureBucsGM Says:

    Just practice for 2018 and Derwin James.

  15. bucsfaninchina Says:

    Buc50 is correct

  16. Maze Says:

    Haha you FSU homers are hilarious

  17. jmoneyisback Says:

    If you aren’t regretting the decision already, you will be.

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    he was not a major need….simple as that…..no need to waste another 2nd round pick on another FSU player…..WE’RE TRYING TO WIN!!!!…GO BUCS!!!!

  19. Wausa Says:

    The Bucs needed a running back. The Bucs running backs in 2016 were awful.

    We either need our 5th round pick to be outstanding or we need our starting drug addicted running back to fully recover and play great football after his three game suspension.
    I am very happy with the OJ pick, but there were three elite backs in the draft and unfortunately the Bucs did not any of them.

  20. Pickgrin Says:

    If we had traded up in the 2nd to get Cook – we wouldn’t have had a 3rd round pick to select Godwin with – AND would not have the hope that we do now of upgraded talent at Safety in Justin Evans.

    Getting McNichols in the 5th was a steal so I’m glad for the way this draft turned out.

    IMO – Cook at #41 does represent a heck of a good deal for Minnesota though…

    Dalvin Cook was a top 15 talent in this draft.

  21. Waterboy Says:

    I think they were trying to trade up with GB in the 2nd round to get him but apparently the asking price was too high. Now he’s GB’s headache to game plan for twice a year.