Wakeup Call

March 4th, 2018

Keep an eye on South Florida

One reason the Dolphins acquired 27-year-old stud DE Robert Quinn from the Rams this weekend was because the highly-paid Miami defensive line was part of a defense that only locked down 30 sacks last season.

Heck, the Bucs only had 22!

Entering September, Miami had the highest paid d-line in the NFL, including first-round draft pick DE Charles Harris, the No. 22 overall pick in 2017.

The group underperformed. So mighty Quinn represents a shot in the arm and a change of direction, and he surely will be pegged as a starter.

Joe’s been paying attention to the chatter in Miami because logic says the trade will trigger a shakeup in South Florida.

Palm Beach Post writer Jason Lieser speculates that the man mostly likely to get the boot is Cameron Wake. The 36-year-old is still a stud, as he’s been for most of the past nine years for the Dolphins.

Lieser notes that Wake is coming off consecutive double-digit sack seasons following his ruptured Achilles tendon in 2015. “He played 58.3 percent of the snaps last year, most among Miami’s defensive ends, and had 10.5 sacks. Over the final 10 games of the season, he had 4.5. His 92 sacks are second in franchise history only to Jason Taylor’s 131.”

Wake is due just under $9 million this season and if Miami believes the future is with Quinn, Harris and 28-year-old veteran Andre Branch, then it makes sense that Wake could be toast.

Yes, Joe would love to see Wake in Tampa. Why the hell not? Let the longtime Dolphins captain, who’s known for his work ethic, rotate with Will Gholston on the left side. Wake was more of a situational guy last year anyway and fired up double-digit sacks.

Do that in Tampa, man, and you’ll get a parade down Dale Mabry.

27 Responses to “Wakeup Call”

  1. LakeLand Says:

    He may end up in Atlanta.

  2. Destinjohnny Says:

    Tampa Browns…
    Eddie please buy the team

  3. AlteredEgo Says:

    Wake is not old enough …..

  4. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Should’ve signed him years ago

  5. Mr. Ed Says:

    Suh will more t han likely also be available. McCoy haters would love that — in reality it would be a stupid move to get a highly talented underachiever with an attitude problem and anger issues…..UNLESS Buckner can whisper him into a great interior partner for McCoy and they could play side by each. If you could screw someone else’s head onto Suh’s body it would be cool.

  6. Tony from Los Angeles Says:

    No short term fixes

  7. mike10 Says:

    Joe any stories today on the combine?

    Vea with a 5.11, 40 and 41 reps on the bench!
    Q Nelson, second with reps among all OLineman.
    … Barkley or Chubb, having ZERO chance of falling to us.
    You know who was a workout warrior, Michael Johnson. –Joe

  8. mike10 Says:

    @Mr. Ed

    (McCoy + Suh)/2 = a really good defensive lineman

  9. Greecosuave Says:

    I’m starting to get the feeling that Joe is jumping for anyone. What’s the plan in Tampa?Does this guy want a ring or does he want to still play? I’d consider it if he is ok as Mentor, I guess let’s do it.

    Joe do an article on FA youngins who have potential and a chance to make a name for themselves. Bucs fans might have to come to terms with not finding a grade A pass rusher at all in this draft dare I say FA. It’s times like this when teams, like the Bucs, need strong coaching and player development. This might be !ichts BOLDEST year yet or another flaming bag of FA Doo-Doo.

  10. Rojas Says:

    Yeah no thanks. We need a long term fix, not short term..

  11. Lord Corn Says:

    Do it

  12. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:

    I like all the people on here now suggesting ideas to @ Joe for articles that should make the slate. That sounds a lot like a certain someone I know (eh-hem, if prior threads were seen). Dig it!

    We also still need a FA player tracker posted here showing the overall and rolling Top 100 free agents at all times. But…alas we’ve yet to see that.

    Go Bucs!

  13. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    No way he comes here unless he does it for charity pay scale cause our fabulous penny pinching GM ain’t buying sheit unless it’s a KMART blue light special

  14. Not there yet Says:

    If your a defensive end Joe thinks you should play in Tampa even if it means coming out of retirement or close to it. They are chasing old grimes to pay him whatever he wants so of course they’d sign any elderly lineman

  15. Mike Johnson Says:

    So many choices Yet..none selected. BucLife baby!!

  16. JR Allen Says:

    we can’t get everyone that’s a FA. and Why in the Hell will a 36 yr old player come to the BUCs. He has 2 years left, he is going to a SB contender. Come on guys, be smart about this.

  17. DoSomething Says:

    36 years old??? No thank you

  18. Bobby M. Says:

    A productive 36 yr old isnt likely coming here unless we grossly over pay…..there’s nothing in Licht’s track record that suggest he’s willing to do that. Licht is a value guy…..he views everything as getting the most bang for the least buck vs what the final results are. That’s just how he is…..Look at the Eagles, they turned their franchise around because the GM was bold….he traded up to get his QB….he traded Bradford away….He made bold moves to implement their vision…..The “boldest” move Licht made will likely be considered the absolute dumbest trade in draft history when we got Aguayo. He doesnt go after top tier talent like the Jaguars did with Campbell….nope he went with the better value in Baker. Then he prides himself on cutting his losses while never actually accomplishing the ultimate objective…..winning and making the playoffs. He’s amateur hour all day and we shouldn’t be shocked…..Initially Lovie picked Licht to be his puppet GM….Licht didnt’ pick Lovie. We have a guy that’s calling the shots when he was never intended to do so and we wonder why after 4 yrs we are picking in the top 10.

  19. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:

    Some are Mike Florio…and some aren’t. Hey Buc fans….this is still the US of A right…where free speech is welcomed, and the only way that certain sites get the clicks they need are cause of the fans….right.

  20. Bossmode Says:

    A quick fix equal long term fix added a older pass rusher would give Noah a chane to get it going also help a rookie DE it would get Licht and this coaching staff the boot just in time for the FA pool next year problem solved

  21. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    @Bobby M
    Then he prides himself on cutting his losses while never actually accomplishing the ultimate objective…..winning and making the playoffs. He’s amateur hour all day and we shouldn’t be shocked…..Initially Lovie picked Licht to be his puppet GM….Licht didnt’ pick Lovie. We have a guy that’s calling the shots when he was never intended to do so and we wonder why after 4 yrs we are picking in the top 10.
    Man…that’s some of the realist sh!t I’ve read on here in a bit. Hats off!
    Far as Wake…👎 hard pass

  22. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    Sorry B but right now this team isn’t a quick fix by adding old warriors past their prime. It hasn’t happened in 4yrs…why keep doing the same thing?
    Bridge to nowhere. If Licht brings in the right Young FA, AND have a good draft. We could go 10-6
    Million dollar question…will he?

  23. JimmyJack Says:

    I like your thinking Joe. I hope Miami agrees with you.

    Those saying we need a long term solution I hate to tell you this to you but short of making a big move for Chubb there is none long term solutions.

    The pundits say next years draft class is strong at the DE position so getting a stop-gap player is actually a good plan when you look at the current situation and consider the future.

    Wake, Peppers and Bennet would all be nice plans. Then you get younger next year. You got a better plan?

  24. Eric Says:

    It’s too big a problem to fix like the national debt.

    Move up and get the Penn State running back and work on the red zone play calling.

    Defense is going to suck, plain and simple.

  25. GrudenForPresident Says:

    Call these people crying about age and short term fixes please please just STFU!!! He could be 50 yrs old who cares as long as he is productive and double digits sacks I would consider productive. 2 long term, short term, WE NEED PASS RUSHERS. PERIOD.

  26. Duke Says:



    This “no short term fixes” is so f ing stupid that it is proof Tampa is home to little yellow bus riding , window licking, full blow tards . The NFL is a short term now
    league. That’s the fact. You can build a team fast and win. The problem is keeping the team intact. Will you fool’s put away your vanilla ice t shirts , your John lynch Warren Sapp and derrick Brooks fan boy qveer gear and wake the f up. It’s 2010.

    It’s a completely different league than the one you think . Especially when you think we should pass on everyone over the drinking age and wait for that mythical 24 all pro never injured pillar of society free agent…….Go chase unicorns .
    If your mommy lets you out and without a harness. Duh duh….wipe the drool off your chins you and punch your clown it’s embarrassing your allowed on the computer……

  27. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    Look, Cameron Wake looks good on paper…but good lord, he’s 36 years old!!!! Are we really going to bring in guys that can only play one more year if we are lucky?????