Showing “Love” For Humphries

January 23rd, 2019

Talks up free agent teammate

Earlier this afternoon at the Pro Bowl practice, Bucs stud wide receiver Mike Evans told Joe and other media members gathered that he wants malcontent wide receiver DeSean Jackson back.

There’s also another receiver Evans wants on the Bucs’ roster for 2019. That would be Adam Humphries.

There is no question Evans is the best wide receiver on the Bucs. Shoot, he’s the best wide receiver this franchise has ever had. But the most consistent wide receiver game in and game out? Joe would suggest that is Humphries. And Evans made no secret of his affection for the Clemson product as can be seen on

“I love Adam Humphries,” Evans said. “He deserves to be paid at the caliber he is at. He is one of the best No. 3s in the league. He deserves to be paid and I hope he is [with the Bucs].”

Shoot, Humphries could be a No. 2 for some teams.

Here is the problem as Joe sees it. Joe cannot see the Bucs keeping both Jackson and Humphries.

Jackson’s contract is $10 million (not guaranteed) for the final year of his three-year pact. Humphries is projected to be paid $10.4 million for 2019, per the reliable

The Bucs currently have the fifth-least amount of salary cap room, again per So it is unlikely Evans (or some Bucs fans) will get everything they wish for, both Jackson and Humphries.

(Interestingly, of the 10 teams with the worst salary cap space, only three had losing records and all three came from the NFC South.)

Given that Humphries is seven years younger than Jackson, produces more than Jackson and doesn’t come with any of the baggage Jackson brings, if the Bucs have to choose between the two on who to drop $10 million on, it’s a no-brainer to Joe who the Bucs should keep.

56 Responses to “Showing “Love” For Humphries”

  1. Jean Lafitte Says:

    relentless ..I see them keeping both

  2. Bucsfanman Says:

    Can’t argue with your logic there, Joe. DJax is at best a 1-2 year rental, whereas Hump might be around for a hot minute.
    We’d need to address speed at WR though if we rid ourselves of Jackson.

  3. Rod Munch Says:

    Uh… Hump is not better than D-Jax. LOL!

    I’m not against TRADING D-Jax, that is the logical thing to do, but to say your 4th string WR is better than your 2nd string one is pretty ridiculous. Hump catches all those balls because of guys like Evans and D-Jax and Godwin and OJ and Brate – defenses have to account for those guys which is why Hump can catch passes underneath.

    Anywho defenses actually had to account for D-Jax being on the field, they had to change what they were doing. So how many defenses last year, or the year before, or the year before that, changed what they were doing to account for Hump?

    Come on, get real. Hump is a great #4 WR, and he’s an above average #3, but if you want to kill your entire offense put him in D-Jax’s spot as a starter and watch what happens. Oh wait, we’ve literally seen what happens when Hump has started, and it’s not good. Anywho praise Hump for being good at what he is good at, but stop the nonsense hero worship.

  4. JWBUCS Says:

    I prefer the Bucs keep only Humphries and leave room to add Chris Godwin in the near future, not to mention O.J. Howard.

  5. jerseybuc Says:

    Keep Humphries. And give him his old number back too because Djax’s juice isn’t worth the squeeze. use that money elsewhere.

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    hump is mediocrity at it’s finest and boring as hell to boot a true buccaneer man.

  7. Joe Says:

    Uh… Hump is not better than D-Jax. LOL!

    Can’t run like DJax but other than that, yeah he is.

  8. Bird Says:


    I brought up the 10 mil number days ago and in all fairness you kinda ripped me a new one.

    I even gave examples of enunwa, montcrief making almost 10 per year. And those guys are garbage. Hump has way better numbers
    The home town discount would be in 5-7 range. But probably the 7 number. Over/under 7.5 In this post, Joe wrote “if the Bucs have to choose between the two on who to drop $10 million on” … it’s a hypothetical for effect. The reality is that there is no hometown discount for Humphries to 7 million. That’s the very most he would command anywhere. The market for Golden Tate and Cole Beasley will be interesting barometers. You really might want to look up the salaries of the guys you’re referencing. –Joe

  9. Joe Says:

    Come on, get real. Hump is a great #4 WR, and he’s an above average #3, but if you want to kill your entire offense put him in D-Jax’s spot as a starter and watch what happens

    When did Joe write that? In a perfect world, Hump would be re-signed and the Bucs could buy John Brown.

    Funny, Joe watched all sorts of good offenses in the playoffs this year and DeSean Jackson wasn’t on any of those teams’ rosters.

    How in the world can an NFL team have a good offense without DeSean Jackson? Man, a third of the NFL must have witchdoctors for offensive coaches.

  10. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Hump over DJax.

    Hump has heart and fights for every pass and every yard. DJax literally doesn’t even want to be here.

    It’s an easy call.

  11. unbelievable Says:

    D-Jax has speed but that’s it. Puts in zero effort to catch the ball unless it hits him square in the chest.

    Godwin has speed and way more fight in him. Hump is clutch And fights for everything as welll. I like having D-Jax to stretch the field but it’s not hard to find a speedy receiver.

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … ” In a perfect world, Hump would be re-signed and the Bucs could buy John Brown.” And in a PERFECT world, Bucs would’ve gone 16-0 last season, skated through the playoff, and would win this upcoming Super Bowl. Unfortunately Joe, this ugly thingie called REALITY rears its’ ugly head periodically.

    Given a choice between DJax, John Brown or Hump I’d actually take Hump. But NOT for $10.2 mil … someplace between $5-$7 mil is fine (that’s a reasonable market value for a #3 WR IMO). Bucs have a ton of other mouths to feed right now, and investing in TWO starting-caliber WRs when we already have ME13 & Godwin doesn’t make sense to me. Fill the other NEEDS first (OLine, DLine, RB, CB, LB) then we can worry about signing an extra WR.

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    Joe – Hump has started for this team before, and he was awful as a starter, he simply could not get open against starting corners. He’s a great #4 WR, he provides the team a big advantage when he’s that far down the depth chart. It’s not meant to be disrespectful towards Hump, I just think he’s great at what he was asked to do last year, but if you ask him to do more than that, he has shown he just doesn’t have the physical skills to make it happen. Humphries production has gone up as he has gone down the depth chart – and again, that’s not an insult, that just means he’s better used there.

    Question however if you happen to see this, was there anything about D-Jax not wanting or being willing to run slants in Dirk’s offense? I never heard anything about that – but I never understood why Dirk didn’t use him that way. If you can’t connect on deep passes, why not go with easier underneath passes? It never made any sense to me, and is that part of the diva mentality with D-Jax, that he wasn’t willing to work the middle of the field? Just curious if there was rumblings about that.

  14. BucEmUp Says:

    Humoh is 10 times the wr djax is..

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    Joe – Also, I agree with John Brown, again, assuming they can get him at a good rate to be the #3 WR, then if Hump is back, he can again be a mismatch as a #4, that makes total sense to me. So if you can get Brown and Hump for the price of D-Jax, and trade D-Jax for a pick, that’s a great return.

  16. AlteredEgo Says:

    I really like Hump and his story….just don’t know about 10 million a year with the current cap situation and needs at other positions…glad its not my decision

  17. Bird Says:

    Dont sleep on Justin Watson next year. Game will slow down for him.

    He is kinda a freak with size , enough speed , vertical and sure hands

  18. JA Says:

    Thought John Brown, the abolitionist, was hanged after his raid on Harper’s Ferry.
    Anyway, what’s wrong with Godwin? He was a superstar on this site until he dropped a few passes late in the year.
    Now what—you want to forget he’s on the team?
    Under that scenario, Mike Evens would have been cut after his second year. Who would be stupid enough to call for that?
    Wait … it’s coming back to me … Some of you graduates from Moron Elementary School actually did want to get rid of Evans. I think it was the same bunch that know what the Glazers are thinking, are privy to front office meetings, know exactly what goes on in the Bucs locker room and were in the Uber car with Jameis.

  19. Couch Fan Says:

    I’d rather keep Hump but not at 10 mil per. Hes not that good. Let someone else pay him that much.

  20. SB Says:

    To all of you dolts, and I do mean dolts, calling Hump a sub par #3 or even a #4 should take up knitting or something. Put him on the Patriots and he is a 1A or at least the best #2 in the league.
    I mean JEESH he has the 6th best catch % in the flipping League, with what Many of you call an inaccurate QB.
    Do you guys even watch football?

  21. SB Says:

    That said I can’t see him pulling in more than 8 mil unless Belicheck comes calling for him.

  22. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Let hump go to New England

    Who cares

    Hump is replaceable

  23. Wesley Says:

    If they were paying Djax 10 mil then Humphries deserves a minimum of 8 mil.

  24. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Yeah well when hump can return some punts for touchdowns or catch some long bombs for touchdowns he’ll be worth 8 million

  25. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Running a route and catching a ball is what receivers do.

    Catching a punt is what punt returners do

    Being able to do that is not worth 10 million

  26. Wesley Says:

    Honestly dude is well worth 10 million. I mean the rest of em are making ridiculous money why shouldn’t he.

  27. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    5 million dollars a year is ridiculous money

    That’s what hump deserves

  28. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    I love me some Hump, but I only want him back at a reasonable salary. $10mil it easy to much, if he gets that somewhere else great for him. I do like the idea of bringing in a speed guy, but again not at 10mil. As for the slot, have you seen Arians offence before, Fitzgerald played in the slot a lot, other teams do this because it helps create mismatches. I know we haven’t heard that in these parts before. Look for ME to be moved around to create those mismatches. We have too much money tied up in the pass catchers on this team, not enough on the o line and secondary.

  29. Couch Fan Says:

    I have never understood what the infatuation is with Hump. Hes a good player, has had some nice returns. Is good for a couple screens a game. This is a $10 mil a year player? I just cant see anyone paying him that much. We’ll see.

  30. Wesley Says:

    Is 12.5 sacks worth 16 million? Dude is equally as important as JPP or at least damn close to it. 10 million is very fair.

  31. Wesley Says:

    Ok I’m exaggerating a bit to make a point, but still he’s worth 10 million. He has a huge impact offensively.

  32. SB Says:

    As far as I am concerned 7423 has taken over as the dumbest Bucs fan on this site. Not even sure he is a fan and not just a plain old troll.

  33. firethecannons Says:

    It is a no brainer
    Pay Hump and let DJax walk but wait till the last possible minute just in case any other team wants to trade

  34. SB Says:

    So you have a Glue guy.
    Has the 6th best catch% in the league.
    Totally reliable to the team.
    Not afraid to go across the middle and make the toughest catches
    Great in the Locker room.
    Great in the Community
    Yeah he sucks!

  35. Old School Athlete Says:

    Humphreys has come down with big-time catches at critical moments. I would make re-signing him a priority.
    JA, as a history aficionado, I appreciate your reference to the abolitionist. As for those graduates from Moron Elementary, they also know how the equipment managers somehow turned the entire team against the coaching staff. Unfortunately, they will apparently never tell. I sure would like to know.

  36. Bojim Says:

    Are you all kidding? Adam all the way. Shees.

  37. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Yo Joe,

    You run your business how like – I mean no disrespect.
    But IMO you’re missing out on an opportunity to provide more quality content to your readers, by not covering the Senior Bowl Practices.


  38. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Senior Bowl Practice Podcast?
    –Position Coaches

    Sounds like a lot of downloads to me brotha. Just saying.

  39. down in the dirt Doug Says:

    Humphreys has heart and desire.Ba will see this in the film room.Jackson has talent,but lacks complete dedication to the Bucs.TAKE UP SURFING L.A. JACKSON.

  40. joestang Says:

    who will get the franchise tag? How about Humphries. I doubt he will get 10 mil on open market.

  41. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Anywho???? 1984 wants its word back. Ffs please stop typing that.

  42. TDTB Says:

    Cut them both. Jackson is a cancer. Humphries is great, but smart teams only rent possession receivers for a couple of years. Humphries can be replaced with an equivalent for less money. Great guy who deserves to be paid…just not by the Bucs.

  43. Bucfan1987 Says:

    This is quite simple….If Humps value is $10 mill a year, I believe he would take a home town discount to stay w the Bucs.

    Let’s say it is $8.5 mill a year.

    Then you add the “no state income tax” additional discount of roughly 7.5% a year, then voila, you’re at roughly $7.8 mill a year…Again, this May be still a bit high for Hump. I was thinking 3 yr / $22 mill with $10-$11 mill guaranteed??

    Then I’d throw an offer at John Brown in the $3 mill a year vicinity…

    2 players to replace DJax…

    Just a thought…

  44. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    hard pass on paying a 4-5th option, when the entire defense is a mess. Build the defense & oline. Joe Jurevicious was a 3 on the super bowl team and way better than hump and less $. This is like when the bucs signed revis another collosal failure in bucs history or drafting a kicker w a #2. Bad teams do dumb things to continue to be bad teams like the yuccs

  45. AlteredEgo Says:

    Hard to argue with that TDTB

  46. SB Says:

    My buddy LUV bringing it to the table Again.
    Perspective is a mo fo.

  47. SB Says:

    It is amazing how stupid most of our fan-base is.
    Then again I get it that overall we are the losing-ist franchise in the NFL so I kinda get it.
    Shakes head, wishes the best for us and moves on.

  48. Cobraboy Says:

    What WR trio is superior to Evans, Humphries and Godwin?

    I suspect it’s a very short list.

  49. DB55 Says:

    Raise your hand if you think Mike Evans is not a deep threat!

    Now, smack yourself.

    Evans is obviously loyal to a fault can’t blame him for that but Hump is not irreplaceable sorry

  50. cmurda Says:

    @Rod Munch. Usually I’m on board with you but not here. I like a guy like D Jax that can stretch a defense and blow the top off it. Don’t get me wrong. However, D Jax is a one trick pony. Always has been and always will. God forbid the guy actually dive for a ball or exert some effort if it’s not right in his bread basket. I’m not even going to get into his whiny attitude and diva antics. This is a no brainer. M.E is our #1, Godwin is our #2 and Hump is our #3. It’s what fits their skillsets and provides one of the best trios in the NFL. We need to spend D Jax’s money on some defense and O Line help.

  51. DB55 Says:


    Evans, Brate, OJ, Hump, Godwin in that order

    If we had a Rb who could catch and score he’d be #2

    I just hoping Bobo gets more calls but wtfdik

  52. MIke F Says:


    WalkdaPlank Says:
    January 23rd, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Hump over DJax.

    Hump has heart and fights for every pass and every yard. DJax literally doesn’t even want to be here.

    It’s an easy call.

  53. Joe Says:

    Question however if you happen to see this, was there anything about D-Jax not wanting or being willing to run slants in Dirk’s offense? I never heard anything about that – but I never understood why Dirk didn’t use him that way.

    There’s a lot that we may never know. For example, if you are to believe Koetter’s words, DJax didn’t want to return punts. Koetter didn’t exactly say that, but several times said if DJax wanted to, he would put him in the game as a punt returner. Joe can recall only once did this happen.

  54. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    Cobraboy Says:
    January 23rd, 2019 at 9:54 pm
    What WR trio is superior to Evans, Humphries and Godwin

    Evans, Jackson, and Godwin for starters

    No pun intended

  55. SOEbuc Says:

    I have no clue why anyone would wanna keep DB!tch on this team for $10 million for another year. Sounds like a Brent Grimes deal. We already have a good #2 WR in Godwin that’s still under rookie contract. BA and his crew also have to look heavily at Watson’s and BoBo’s abilities before making any gigantic contract move. I think Watson could be sick all over the field after enough starting time.

  56. TOM Says:

    Hands down. Hump all the way 8mil. Hump = Edelman