Why Isn’t This Guy In Tampa?

April 26th, 2018

Go get him.

Yes, in a few hours, the NFL Draft will kick off. Finally!

Joe won’t have to hear about another damned mock draft or about hand sizes for at least a few months (though with the Bucs’ rough schedule to start the 2018 season, there is real danger draft talk could crop up before September is finished).

The Bucs should be drafting a running back either tonight or tomorrow evening for Day 2 of the draft. If they don’t, somebody has some ‘splaining to do.

Off the top of Joe’s head, outside of possibly San Francisco, Joe knows of no team that needs a running back worse than the Bucs. They all but ignored the position last year when the draft was deemed one of the deepest for running backs in recent memory. This year’s draft is thought to be equally deep.

If the position is not addressed tonight or tomorrow for the second straight year, Joe thinks that is nothing short of irresponsible. Zsa Zsa the Parrot can figure this out.

The Bucs, however, should not stop just at drafting one running back. There is this guy by the name of C.J. Anderson who was a cap causality with the Broncos. He is still looking for work. NFL analyst Andy Benoit of SI.com writes that Anderson is a valuable running back and his skillset just screams “Bucs” to Joe.

If you’re looking for a sound, reliable runner who has the lateral agility, balance and vision to consistently capitalize on his blocks and occasionally create his own yards, plus the receiving and blocking prowess to stay on the field for a few third downs, here’s one you can sign.

If the Bucs, for reasons unknown, blow off running back again this weekend, then there is zero logical excuse not to have Anderson on the roster. None, barring the guy having a hidden rap sheet filled with felonies that few know about.

The NFL sure seems to be moving toward a two-headed monster at running back. Joe isn’t sure Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber qualify to be labeled “two-headed monster.”

35 Responses to “Why Isn’t This Guy In Tampa?”

  1. Bucs in Denver Says:

    Heard from someone in the Broncos Organization that he is a bad locker room guy.

  2. ContePiscateli Says:

    This guy is the victim of poor timing. I think most running back next teams are waiting to see how the draft pans out before committing money to him. If we sign him today then end up drafting one of the top backs tonight it basically becomes wasted money, would we be signing him as a part time starter with Peyton Barber or as a depth guy behind Barber and a highly drafted rookie? It makes a big difference as to how much you would be willing to spend. I’m sure he finds a job after the draft, by Wednesday at the latest.

  3. Trench War Says:

    Can Joe honestly say that CJ Anderson is better than Barber, and Rogers?

  4. Bucco Says:


  5. phattitudes Says:

    It would not be a surprise if the Bucs made a free agent signing right after the draft. However the manner in which the draft unfolds will dictate where that money is spent. The Bucs could well draft multiple Running Backs or Corner Backs in this draft. Either way, both Corner Back and Running Back have viable free agent candidates still available. Personally I would love see the Bucs grab a Running Back no later than the 2nd round (fresh legs are a plus). Then, hopefully they pick up an experienced starter at Corner in free agency (rookie corners tend to struggle).

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Patience……we need 2 RBs…..we are waiting to see who we pick up in the draft and if not 2 RBs….we will get one in FA.
    If we select a G, Licht will probable cut Sweezy and use his money to bring in a CB & or RB.

  7. HFXBUC Says:

    Did you notice he isn’t signed anywhere…. Just like many Vets, they either wait or are forced to wait until after the draft. He isn’t special, there are always a few serviceable vet players available after the draft and after cuts. Can we expect 2-3 of the tired ‘Bucs can’t coach young CBs’ post coming after they draft a couple?

  8. Bradinator Says:

    Waiting on what the draft gets us. I live here in Denver, and he’s a decent back but not really a game changer. Folks here have never been in love with this dude. He’s streaky.

  9. El_Buc941 Says:

    They ain’t signing him because we are either getting Barkley or Guice point blank! STOP ADVOCATING FOR C.J. ANDERSON JOE!ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

  10. R.O. Says:

    C’mon Joe’s. You know teams go through their initial FA signings. Develop their draft plans from their. Go through the Draft, if they feel they need to supplement their roster after this weekend with low priority FA’s they will. Have you heard of any teams really signing anyone…. Nope.

  11. Buc2015 Says:

    Patience indeed ….. also possible that Anderson and his agent themselves wanted to wait until after the draft, to see what situation is best for him.

  12. NJBucsFan Says:

    Because we have a younger and cheaper version in Barber.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Desperation move.

    Five years in the league. How many 1K yard seasons does he have? One. Last year. He wreaks of a guy who worked his tail off for one year to set himself up for a new contract, but his team did not fall for it.

    So we should? No thank you.

    I would rather stick with what we have and draft or sign two rookies. At least then we have a chance of getting someone good, and if that fails, try again next year.

    But I have to say…no RB is going to do well behind a line that isn’t healthy or isn’t much good…so I would rather address each line in rounds one and two.

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Frankly, we do not have the money to overpay for a free agent.

  15. Jason Says:

    Man why is Joe so smitten with CJ Anderson. One 1000 yard season in five years. Peyton Barber will get you the same production and he is younger and cheaper. We need a real replacement at running back in the draft. If the bar is really that low with you guys we should’ve kept Doug Martin.
    Joe would love to have Anderson and Barber and a rookie.–Joe

  16. nate_tweetz Says:

    I want Michel BAD!!! Outside of Barkley and B.Chubb, he’s the guy I want the Bucs to come away with TONIGHT. Michel will not make it to day 2. If Licht is passive (like he was on Dalvin Cook) we could miss out on who I believe to be the most explosive player the draft behind Barkley.

  17. SCBucsFan Says:

    Sign Anderson and Reid

  18. 813bucboi Says:


    I agree….sign those 2 and we and draft heavy in the trenches….that’s 2 plug and play day1 starters…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!!

  19. buc15 Says:

    Because we will be drafting a RB, that’s why

  20. Waterboy Says:

    Because the Bucs will only have about 5 mil left in cap space after signing draft picks. After they draft a replacement and cut Sweezy they will more than likely make a few more moves.

  21. NJBucsFan Says:

    And we just resigned Sims so nope to CJ

  22. Pickgrin Says:

    What part of – ‘We have NO MONEY to sign any more free agents unless/until Sweezy is cut’ is not comprehended??

  23. Pickgrin Says:

    Waterboy – there is no $5M. There’s not even $1M available to spend right now…

  24. NJBucsFan Says:

    Pickgrin…teams have to be under the cap but the start of the season…Sweezy can be cut anytime with a June 1st designation…

  25. NJBucsFan Says:


  26. DanBucsFan Says:

    Trading #7 to Arizona for Rb David Johnson and #15.. BOOM

  27. THETRUTH Says:

    Joe ! He so great, red flag no one has signed him

  28. Pickgrin Says:

    NJ – If Bucs wait until after June 1st to cut Sweezy – then half of his $1.875 dead cap hit will carry over to next year which I’m pretty sure they don’t want do unless it were necessary for some reason.

  29. TOM Says:

    The Bucs would rather waste money on Charles Sims. LOSERS

  30. NJBucsFan Says:

    Pikgrin – the Bucs can actually elect to spread out the cap money for the remaining years of the contract…however they deem best for them. And again, they can cut him now and designate it a post June 1st cut and have the same benefits.

  31. Tony from Los Angeles Says:

    Draft Nelson
    Build depth on the trenches.
    Build a mine that any RB could have success behind
    Do that first

    Even sports cars get stuck in traffic when there are no open lanes.

    Fix the REAL problem first


  32. Andrew Says:

    He had multiple years to be the future feature back there. Instead they cut him and could be looking to draft one with a premium pick. Them letting him walk is all we need to know.

  33. Not there yet Says:

    No thanks go young if the draft is as deep as they we should have no issues. Anderson has to want to play in Tampa and if he hasn’t he wants to much or doesn’t want to come here at all. He could easily ask TJ Ward and talib about Tampa and form a decision

  34. NFLNut Says:


    We may sign CJ if we don’t draft a RB, but with Barber, Simms and Quizz already under contract, if we draft a Saquon at #7 or a Guice or Chubb in the 2nd round or even a guy like Royce Freeman or Marc Walton in the later rounds, I doubt we sign CJ.


  35. SOEbuc Says: