Report: “Adam Humphries Has Asked For $8 Million”

February 28th, 2019

Some unsourced reports are more interesting or credible than others.

This one falls into that category. It comes from pay-per-view website, the formerly free arm of the fading-fast local newspaper.

In a speculative piece about the Bucs’ public show of interest in a Year 3 for malcontent DeSean Jackson, reporter Rick Stroud noted “Adam Humphries is a free agent and has asked for $8 million.”

That’s the first time Joe has seen a number on Humphries’ demands. First, if this is accurate, it jibes with Joe’s ongoing analysis that Humphries had no chance of ever earning $10 million per season in free agency. That’s not what any team would pay a very reliable slot receiver with no clear ability to play outside or be a dangerous returner.

Of course, if Humphries is asking for $8 million per year, that means his agent probably thinks he can get $6 million to $7 million per season on the open market.

Joe would find a way to pay Humphries, who probably would accept two years of guaranteed money. That would mean the locked in part of his contract would expire when Chris Godwin would require a new contract (assuming he earns it).

What’s most important, keeping Humphries, Jackson, Cameron Brate at $7 million per year, or scoring an established starting guard like Ramon Foster in free agency? That’s the kind of question Bucco Bruce Arians and Jason Licht have likely pondered over the past month.

51 Responses to “Report: “Adam Humphries Has Asked For $8 Million””

  1. Casey Morgan Says:

    Don’t believe anything from TampaBay Times. Remember Shroud thought GMC was staying…

  2. Coburn Says:

    Personally I’d get rid of Jackson, pay Hump his 7 Mil per and save 3 Mil for something else. We still have some speed n this team even if it not quite as high end. Some are younger developing players. Could always take a flyer on a mid round speed guy as well. Evans, Godwin, Hump, Brae and Howard sounds good to me. Jackson is nesting end of cares and is a luxury.

  3. Hodad Says:

    Look at what the Pats pay Edelman the S.B. M.V.P., and look at what Humphries wants. Need you see more?

  4. Anonymous Says:

    7 million to much for slow, average wr with ZERO upsides… let him walk and see what you have in watson and bobo. both watson and bobo have more athletic ability in their little toes compared to this fan favorite average to below average wr who loses quietly like cancer93 and the rest of the ordained members of the losing culture led by cancer93

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    $6 Max……

  6. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I read an interview with Hump about his FA. He clearly resents being undervalued his entire football career.

    He had to work his can off to get on the field for Clemson hearing the same arguments as always…too small…too slow. But he is a good athlete, he starred in both football and basketball for his high school team.

    He came to the Bucs with the same baggage and lack of respect. Again he had to work his tail off to get his reps…never failing to practice with JW every chance he got.

    He pointed out in the interview that the most exciting part of FA was finally feeling wanted. It’s not just about the Benjamins for him although that is obviously a consideration.

    If BA can truly convince Hump just how much the Bucs want him I believe he will give a “hometown” discount. Since he’s from Spartanburg SC..Carolina may be his favorite team so hard to know where they figure in the equation.

  7. StoutGospel Says:


    That is a true point on Edelman. However, to be equally added in, and to be weighed as importantly as the Patriot’s wage scale philosophy, IS that all players (FA’s, re-signing their own) choose to “take” what the Patriots offer based also on highly probable successful coaching, playoff appearances, and consistent chances at reaching the Superbowl. Those…are a very real quotient to any player joining NE creating that Patriot discount, and thus it’s great for the player’s resume if they happen to leave NE at a later date.

    All that said…that works for ONE team. The Patriots. And, in the Hump conversation, the discussion in wage scale should really be between what the Bucs are willing to pay, and what say 2 other viable teams in FA likely will also pay him, likely $6.5 million per over 3 years. The appetite of those 2 sleeper teams offerings toward Hump, and the Bucs’ appetite, are really the only apples to apples…discussion.

    Likely at end of the process, $6.5 per over 3 years, with 80% of first 2 years guaranteed, is what Hump’s agent will have him accept. But probably not with Bucs, and DEFINITELY dependent on whether DJax stays or not, cuz Hump’s agent ain’t doing that “shared targets” crap anymore. Which they shouldn’t, as it’s best for Hump’s career to expand.

    Go Bucs!

  8. Robert Says:

    bucs offer 7

    pats offer 6.5 and he goes to the pats for a SB

    djax follows for 9 mill

    and they score like they did when moss was there

  9. StoutGospel Says:

    Are you childish fools…back at it again?!?

    Ok…we can commence the moderation circumvention dance…again.

    No problem.

    Go Bucs!

  10. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    This is why GMC at 13 mil is dumb to me. We know they are keeping D Smith, and talks of keeping DJAX, where is all the cash coming from. I am also worried that Licht thinks this team is full of talent and winners, and that BA will make it all better.

  11. StoutGospel Says:

    Hump gets 6.5 per over 3! Go get some Hump!

    Go Bucs!

  12. El_Buc941 Says:

    Offer him $6m/@ 4yrs with $12 guaranteed. If McCoy doesn’t renegotiate his contract from $13 to $8 cut him. We could use those $13 mil to get OLine help. Also if Humphries doesn’t accept no biggie. I’m pretty confident Licht will draft someone quite competent of filling Humphries shoes. Just look where in the draft he got Godwin. If he can pull it off again then so be it.

  13. TOM Says:

    Considering what DJax makes opposed to what Hump is asking for the saleries should be reversed. Ask yourself. Who did more for the team? I think at least 90% of fans would say Hump. Need I say more.

  14. DB55 Says:

    8 mil saved, Adam replaced, problem solved. NEXT….


  15. Bird Says:

    So you blast the source but believe the number given ? 😂

    Is he asking for 8 mil from Bucs as his discount ?

    Will he ask the rest of the NFL for 10 ? You don’t think his agent will be pulling up sportrac (has at 10.4) and other measuring value sites to get most for client . Compare his stats to others garbage wide receivers that are making almost 10 a year.
    All it takes is one team to overpay for his services.

  16. 813bucboi Says:

    i would let hump and djax walk and restructure GMC…..

    let bobo and watson battle it out….if they fail, run 2TE sets….

    maybe BA signed ellington to be that scat back/slot WR….


  17. Not there yet Says:

    Slot guys don’t make 8 mil especially on a losing team

  18. Darin Says:

    Just listen to the coach and gm. The Oline will definitely be addressed and money will be spent. I’m guessing hump and djax are gone. John Brown can prob be gotten for 6 max and lets face it hump can be replaced cheaper. Love the guy but ya gota work the cap and roster in unison. Theyve shown a bunch of good skill players wont do much with a poor line. Spend on the oline and whoever’s left will be much better.

  19. Destinjohnny Says:

    5.8 let’s lock him in
    Let’s get at Kwon at 5.2

  20. Pickgrin Says:

    Hump is a really nice player for a UDFA. No one works harder at maxing out his talent than this dude. Adam’s value to this team as a #3 receiver is significant.

    But you can’t pay a #3 receiver $8M….

    I would take Golden Tate and his skills at $7M per – all day every day over Hump for the same or even similar money…..

  21. Bucnjim Says:

    $5 Million plus incentives

  22. Pryda30.... sec 147 Says:

    Let them go I think we can develop some WR and plus maybe for once next year we get a comp pick lol

  23. Polkfan Says:

    Bobo can take his spot all day.

  24. Lord Cornelius Says:

    $5M Max or walk IMO.

    Dependable hands / route running is valuable but not $7-8+ M valuable.

    If you look at the top 20-30 paid WRs – there are a few questionable guys at $8M but most are all outside WRs or top end speed WRs at a minimum.

    I don’t see any pure slot guy paid that much. Gold Tate = $6.2. Edelman = $5.5.

    Both are much more athletic than Hump and can play outside.

  25. Jeebs Says:

    The GMC report is likely half-true. What that means is that the Bucs want to keep GMC, but not at his current pricetag, and they would be open to trade offers. By telling Stroud he will remain a Buc, but not publicly committing to him, they are setting the stage for a big trade at the combine (similar to how we acquired JPP last year).

    As for Hump, I just don’t see him coming back next year. The Bucs need to use their cap space in other ways (Honey Badger, a RG, a LB). We have Evans, Godwin, OJ, and Brate as Winston’s 4 primary targets. DJax will def be gone. I believe the Bucs want to see what they have in Justin Watson, who might be a bigger version of Hump, and they will likely sign a cheaper speed/slot guy to compete. Based on what the Cardinals offense looked like with BA, he actually preferred a big possession guy in the slot. That means Hump is not necessarily even a good fit for his offense.

    Prediction: DJax traded or cut, Hump leaves in FA, GMC traded or renegotiated, OR possibly cut if we end up with a high priced FA or trade acquisition. In other words GMC is the wild card of this bunch.

  26. tbbucs3 Says:

    Honestly at this point if the Bucs keep GMC that would be insane. Especially after drafting Vita Vea in the 1st round.

  27. Figures Says:

    Lmao bobo?
    They only people that believe he’s worth anything are you moronic FSU fans.
    Dude sucks.

  28. Bucsalltheway Says:

    He had better stats than djax swap em out point blank. This feels like the michael Bennett ordeal.

  29. Bucsalltheway Says:

    Hes a soldier and he eats hits something DeSean fears

  30. D-Rome Says:

    I am also worried that Licht thinks this team is full of talent and winners, and that BA will make it all better.

    Precisely, and that is the hubris of Backstabbin’ Jason Licht. This team is not a couple of players and a new head coach away from contending for a playoff spot.

  31. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Seems a lot of people on here are more interested in saving cap space than actually keeping and acquiring good players.

    Compared to other NFL teams the Bucs are fine in terms of cap space especially when they dump the contracts of GMC and Desean Jackson.

    Jason Licht has arguably wasting more money on players in free agency than any other GM in the NFL, so why wouldn’t you pay a proven slot receiver in the NFL cause the other option is to trust Jason Licht in free agency and we all know that will not end well.

  32. Bucsfanman Says:

    #3 WR for $8 million, even if reduced to $6 million?!
    For the price, I don’t think Hump will be here in 2019.

  33. The Fighting Schiano's Says:

    Pretty obvious most of us agree. Pay Hump 6 or 7 and get rid of the cancer (no, not GMC) Mesean.

  34. SOEbuc Says:


    said BA doesn’t like double TE formations or small slot receivers. Both two things the Bucs need to be or should have been thinking about.

  35. SOEbuc Says:

    If they’re gonna give GMC a bunch of money, sign Smith to a huge deal, and keep DJax (?), I’d give Hump $1 Jillion dollars to stay. Fan favorite and very big in the community. Giving him $6-$7.5 million/year.

  36. DB55 Says:


    You’re absolutely right except for the fact that bobo has a higher avg yards per catch 10ypc vs 13 ypc and bobo is the better returner avg 28 per return vs 8.5 for hump. And if I’m not mistaken all Bobo does is catch touchdowns but wtfdik

  37. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Hump get yours
    Funny how the Joes finally credit Stroud with this but try to discredit it at the same time. WHy do you and others make things up? Joe’s not doing any of these things. –Joe
    Unlike the podcast where the talk is “unnamed sources” so annoying hearing that whenever they decide to drop the podcast. If you don’t like a podcast, don’t listen. Joe is able to evaluate the veracity and clarity of a source who talks directly to Joe. Of course, Joe cannot speak for the quality of what anyone else receives from an unnamed source. See coach-hiring announcement of 2019.–Joe

  38. Phil Says:

    Give him the 8 million. It’s not my money.

  39. Figures Says:


    You literally throwing out stats for a dude that caught 4 passes in 2018 lmao.
    Now that is a true FSU fan lmao. “Oh he averages 13.0 yards per catch” lol.


    all he does is catch TD’s? Hahahahahgaa wow.
    FSU fans know no bounds lol.

  40. Figures Says:


    Yes you are mistaken to put it lightly lol

  41. T REX Says:

    FSU fans have ruined the Bucs in recent years.

  42. Loyaltotheend Says:


    Not making things up. When you posted the GMC story of him staying you never credited Stroud, now you do but try to cast doubt on it with your phrasing…

    Multiple posters have noticed so where there is smoke there is fire.

    Even Ira gives you crap about the “unnamed sources” comments and it’s his podcast

  43. tbbucs3 Says:

    T Rex

    Pretty sure the GM of the Bucs is not “FSU Fans”.

  44. DB55 Says:

    When he’s in the game the man makes plays, simple as that but if you say no then it’s a no.

  45. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucs got 388 first downs last year … 80 by rushing, 265 by passing, 43 by penalty. Guess what, Hump was a HUGE part of that (he was responsible for getting 48 first downs last year, an average of 3 per game). Played in all 16 games … 781 snaps altogether (that’s kind of a LOT; only ME13 got more on the offense roster). Had 5 TDs and 0 fumbles lost last year (only 1 fumble lost in his 4-year career).

    That’s PRODUCTION. Sure we can roll the dice and see if Bobo Wilson or Justin Watson can replace him, and MAYBE they can. But when it comes to durability & PRODUCTION, Hump is a known quantity … he delivers in the clutch. We got a lot more PRODUCTION out of him than we did out of DJax for $10 mil a year. Bucs are strapped for cash, and it would seem like $7 mil a year for 3-4 years would be fair. If Adam decides to hold out for the extra $1 mil somewhere else then I’d wish him luck.

  46. BringBucsBack Says:

    DB55, that is a nice video of Italian White Chocolate from UMass! As the kids today say, “day-um”!

  47. Wesley Says:

    That’s fair when compared to the stupid money these other guys make for playing a game 4 months out of the year.

  48. Rod Munch Says:

    Uh $8m for a #4 WR?… I’ll pass.

    I hope they can get something done at around $5-6m, but $8m is probably too much. I would be interested to see if anyone else would pay that kind of money. Would a team with zero talent at WR like the Redskins, would they be willing to pay $8m for Hump, do they think he is starting material? I don’t think the market for Hump is as strong as people think since there is a big cap on where you can play him and what you can do with him as he lacks speed and size and can be easily shutdown by starting corners, but it only takes one GM to sign a big check.

    In any case I’m not too worried about it. Hopefully he’s cheap enough to bring back, but if not Bobo is sitting in waiting and can play the same role. Hopefully.

  49. tmaxcon Says:

    Wesley Says:
    February 28th, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    That’s fair when compared to the stupid money these other guys make for playing a game 4 months out of the year.

    spoken like a bitter socialist with very little skills who is jealous of those with talent and earning potential that far exceeds his/her or it’s own.

  50. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    It;s coming from Rick Stroud, so I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Just curious, but I wonder of anyone will be able to confirm this rumor by talking to Adam’s agent? (hint)

  51. Rod Munch Says:

    Rick Stroud = fake news, so yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it.