Targeting Adam Humphries

January 1st, 2019


It seems Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht has two goals already in mind for the 2019 offseason.

The first of course is finding a new coach. The second it seems is re-signing free agent wide receiver Adam Humphries.

Joe still can’t get over the quote from Licht comparing his offense to Curley Lambeau’s Packers highlighted by Don Hutson running through defenses as if they were children.

Or George Halas with Sid Luckman running the T-formation.

Or Kurt Warner and the Rams with Dick Vermeil and the Greatest Show on Turf.

Or even Bill Walsh’s juggernaut offenses in the 1980s.

But lost in the quote is something that jumped out at Joe. Here’s the quote again as told to Casey Phillips of

“We had a historically good offense,” Licht explained. “Not just the best offense in franchise history but it ranks up there with some of the best offenses in NFL history, as in when football was invented. So we have a lot of those pieces, all of those pieces coming back and we can add to that to make it even better.

“We lost O.J. [Howard] with a few games left. We will get O.J. back. Mike Evans — I could go on and on. We are going to do everything we can to get Adam Humphries back in the mix.”

This has to make Humphries (and equally important, Humphries’ agent) a happy man this New Year’s Day. Yes, Humphries may not be the Bucs’ best receiver. That is Mike Evans. But Humphries is the most consistent.

Does Humphries ever have a bad game? Yeah, he has a bad play two or three times a year. But a bad game? Joe can’t think of one.

Joe isn’t sure Licht would want to franchise Humphries but that option is out there if the two can’t ink a deal this spring.

38 Responses to “Targeting Adam Humphries”

  1. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    This “crocodile tear” filled interview is eerily similar to the one he gave when Lovie was canned. And yet here ol’ Licht remains at a .3375 five year record. The ONLY explanation that I can conjure up is that he promised to deliver Arians.

  2. AlteredEgo Says:

    I like Hump….but would let him move on and use the cap $ elsewhere…we are chock full of GREAT pass catchers….think what good teams would do…

  3. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Pay the man!

    Winston needs all help he can get!

  4. Bobby M. Says:

    If we lose Hump without getting anything for him….its another failure on Licht. What’s the point of finding talent that we groom for other teams while signing high dollar free agents that don’t ever work out. If you’re drafts are suspect at best….you cant keep the few gems you do find AND whiff repeatedly on free agents, what exactly do you do well as a GM?

  5. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Licht is correct except for 2 factors:
    Turnovers and no running game.
    Add in bad kicker, bad defense first half of season and injuries to defense and you get 5-11.

  6. MadMax Says:

    Resign him, but also go get his old teammate, Hunter Renfrow. Dude was clutch the whole time at Clemson.

  7. MadMax Says:

    Anyone watching the outback bowl? its at rayjay….

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “So we have a lot of those pieces, all of those pieces coming back and we can add to that to make it even better.”

    So Licht didn’t say most of those pieces…..he said “all”…..are we to assume that includes Djax?……I think not but nonetheless it was an interesting comment.

    I am giving Licht a pass on recent comments because of the state of shock he is in from being retained.

  9. SB Says:

    Happy New Year to All of my Bucs Brethren!!!!!

    Congrats to Hatfieldkid for winning the JoeBucsFan Pigskin Pickem this season.
    Honorable Mention to St. Aug Buc for almost pulling it off again.

  10. Tbbucs3 Says:


    No reason not to

  11. dmatt Says:

    Hump is our clutch player. He’s consistent n dependable during crunch time. Yes MEvans has the stats n measurables over Hump but truth b told, I’m looking for Hump when game is on the line for a critical first down on 4th and 5. MEvans is too soft n fragile. Let’s get Hump signed.

  12. Sunny Says:

    Lipnicki to put the record on him , he would have to have pick the coach , we know he didn’t pick Lovie and chance are he didn’t pick dirk , we have talent that’s why coach r willing to come here, this season we know he is picking the head coach so we can put blame squarely on him.

  13. Pickgrin Says:

    Franchise a #3/4 receiver???? WTF?

    Humphries market value is $5-6M per year at most.

    Why even bring up the idea of paying Hump $16M+ for 1 year in 2019?

    Licht would be the laughing stock of the entire league if he were to mention such a thing. What makes Joe immune from similar ridicule for floating such a preposterous notion?

  14. TOM Says:

    Pickgrin: Would you rather franchise fat, lazy ass D. Smith for 14 mil. Hump might not be worth 16 mil but definitely 9 or 10. IMO

  15. OldBucFan Says:

    You pay that man. Hump is money, every down.

  16. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    Sunny Licht I presume ( only a relative can support such incompetency ) ? When the fella in charge trots out mostly garbage and a continued losing culture via the draft and free agency, he usually pays with his job. Not ol’ Licht however. Still stuns the senses…

  17. rrsrq Says:

    Go keep him, but you can’t pay both Hump and Brate starter money, when you got 20 mil in your QB, ME making bank and your Center and Guard going to the bank (still need other offensive lineman and fortunately, paying OJ and Godwin on rookie contract and paying RBs peanuts

  18. OneBuc55 Says:

    Assuming guys like DJax, McCoy, Gholston, and a few others are gone we should have no problem bringing Hump back…

    It’s crazy how Jameis has chemistry with every receiver but Desean…maybe he can rejoin Dirk Koetter in Atlanta…

  19. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Love Hump but would rather spend money elsewhere, unless we can get him for a reasonable number against the cap.

  20. Jonzey Says:

    Offense is good just needing 1 lineman and running back bad, defense need help bad in the secondary cornerback 1st round, running back 2 nd have y’all checked out Justice Hill

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    AlteredEgo Says:
    “I like Hump….but would let him move on and use the cap $ elsewhere…we are chock full of GREAT pass catchers…”

    With DJax leaving as well, that would leave us with only 2 good WRs (Evans & Godwin). I think you need to rethink that statement.

  22. donuts Says:

    I have no idea why Licht made this video. Not needed. I have hump at max 5 million. Edelman is playing for 5.5 for perspective.

  23. Pickgrin Says:

    TOM Says:
    “Pickgrin: Would you rather franchise fat, lazy ass D. Smith for 14 mil”

    Don’t really want to – but the Bucs basically have no choice but to Franchise Donovan Smith in 2019. Unless they decide to overpay Smith for multiple years that is – which would be a mistake based on what he has put on tape in 4 years – and especially looking at tape from his “contract year”.

    Tag Smith for 2019, draft the best OT you can find in rd 1 or 2 and let the next season’s play determine what to do at both LT and RT moving forward…

    OLine talent, coaching and play needs to improve. That much is crystal clear.

  24. Fire Light Says:

    If Humphries is franchised I become a Jameis Basher

  25. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    • Brent Grimes – 8,000,000 (UFA)
    • Ryan Fitzpatrick – 3,300,000 (UFA)
    • Ryan Griffin – 1,375,000 (UFA)
    • Jacquizz Rodgers – 1,600,000 (UFA)

    • William Gholston – 6,500,000 (RELEASE)
    • Noah Spence – 1,646,264 (RELEASE)
    • Demar Dotson – 4,850,000 (RELEASE)

    • Beau Allen – 5,000,000 (TRADE/RELEASE)
    • DeSean Jackson – 10,000,000 (TRADE/RELEASE)

    • Gerald McCoy – 13,000,000 (TRADE)
    • Lavante David – 9,750,000 (TRADE)

    Frees: $65,021,264

  26. Jonzey Says:

    Do not get a offense lineman in the 1 or 2 no our problems were cornerback and running back

  27. Jonzey Says:

    Keep McCoy and David what are you talking about

  28. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Even keeping McCoy and David, we’d free up $42,271,264

  29. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Jonzey, I only added them because they are now at or around 30…last chance to trade them.

  30. Todd Says:

    I’d keep David especially since Kwon if we keep him is coming off a acl injury

  31. Rod Munch Says:

    Uh the Cleveland game was pretty terrible, nearly single handedly lost that game. Anywho I’ll be interested in seeing what kind of money he gets. He should, ideally, be a #4, just like he was this year – in that situation he’s a mismatch for defenses. As a #3 he’s less effective, and as a #2 he’ll bring your offense to a halt since he can not get open versus starting corners. As a #3 he’s one injury away from being a #2 and killing the team. But what will others think? Is there a team out there dumb enough to throw #2 money at him? I don’t think so, but it only takes one do we’ll see what happens. My guess is the market isn’t nearly as strong as people think and he’ll end up with a deal closer to that $4-5m range. I certainly could be wrong, but I think most teams that look at more than the stat sheet will realize he’s a valuable guy… when he’s down the depth chart. Which isn’t meant as an insult, he is what he is, which is someone who can be very useful if you use him correctly, but will kill your team if you think he’s a #2.

  32. “That guy” Says:

    By a long shot, this is the best news I’ve heard all year.

  33. Calbucsfan Says:

    Hump is to Bucs what Edelman is to Patriots, Licht needs to resign him.

  34. BigMacAttack Says:

    Hump would get a championship ring if he played for Belichick.

  35. Bucsfanman Says:

    I like Hump. He’s a proven commodity. For the right price, sign him. If we’re talking anything above #3 WR pay, I’m less inclined. Besides, it’s not like he can’t be replaced.
    If you’re talking chemistry with Jameis, you might be even more inclined. All for the right price though,of course.
    Bear in mind that retaining marginal players, and I am NOT saying Hump is one, is what mires this organization in mediocrity and losing.
    I’ll point out that Will Gholston is STILL on this roster! You have to be kidding!

  36. jerseybuc Says:

    No one is saying Humphries is a #2 receiver. What he is an excellent slot receiver, a move the chains reliable player that will cost you half what an outside WR will cost you. Don’t you think the Pats would find a way to utilize Adam’s talents? Gimme a break, letting this kid walk would be a major mistake. He goes over the middle fearlessly, knows where the sticks are and gets the tough yards. Pay the man. There will be plenty of money freed up when we drop some of the dead weight on D.

  37. StoutGospel Says:

    Hump is definitely worth a decent 3 year offer from us, even if it means so at the expense of trading Brate. Hump certainly has proved his worth integral to keeping drives moving and the red zone.

  38. Jeff Says:

    For the longest time I thought it was a given that Humphries would sign with another team this offseason, but now that DJax is taking it elsewhere (one would think), maybe Humphries will stay. I am sure there are other teams with more pressing needs that will give Humphries a sweet contract that the Bucs may not be inclined to match, since we (were) so heavy at the WR position. Hope I’m wrong I like the guy in Bucs gear.