15 Teams Shopping For A Slot Receiver

March 6th, 2019

This was the right offseason for new mega-millionaire left tackle Donovan Smith to become a free agent, and it is shaping up the same way for reliable Bucs slot receiver Adam Humphries.

Not everybody needs a super solid but not spectacular guy like Humphries, but it might feel that way. Per a report today from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the former NFL Network insider, 15 teams are hunting for a good slot receiver in free agency.

Which teams, you ask, are making inquiries and doing significant work on free-agent slot receivers? Well, to start, the Bills, Jets, Dolphins, Patriots, Titans, Colts, Jags, Packers, Lions, Cowboys, Skins, Cardinals, Chiefs, Broncos and Raiders. Golden Tate is the most accomplished of the group – but is also on the wrong side of 30 – and he is seeking $13M plus a year, I’m told. Adam Humphries has priced himself out of Tampa and is poised to do very well, perhaps reaching the $10M a year mark. Cole Beasley will have the chance to get more volume somewhere besides Dallas, and he too should be in that $10M range. John Brown is seeking $8M-$9M a year, sources said. Oh, and Julian Edelman is very much in line for a contract extension. Jameson Crowder is coming off a down year, but he is going to do just fine in this market, as well.

With all the intense smoke the Bucs have been blowing, it’s hard to believe Humphries will stick around Tampa unless he desperately wants to stay in town. And no, Joe doesn’t think Humphries will reach $10 million per year as stated here. Maybe he scores $7 million with 2 1/2 years guaranteed. Maybe.

Perhaps most interesting from La Canfora’s broad free agency report is buzz that all-world Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley could land in Arizona. Man, Joe would love to have that guy in Tampa as a true culture-changing force on the defense, schematically and emotionally.

25 Responses to “15 Teams Shopping For A Slot Receiver”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    Let hump walk. They alread overpaid one career loser with no upside…. overpaying a 4 or 5 wr with no upside is stupid even for bucfan who gets emotionally attached to ball boys and Gatorade containers

  2. SKBucsFan Says:

    Good for Humphries. If the Bucs can’t afford him, then best of luck in free agency. Personally I think we should sign him and trade DJax. I realize Djax is a wideout, but he has to have some value in the market. Draft picks maybe?

  3. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    If we don’t find a way to keep Humphries, people here will be saying a team overpaid for him in a few weeks.

    Because he will get more than everyone expects from another team.

    We NEED to get him re-signed. And $8m will end up being a bargain. Time will prove that true.

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    That Justin Watson pick in the 5th rd is looking pretty good about now….

    Bucs may be the only team in the league who lose their #2 AND #3 receivers without paying to replace them – and still be in pretty good shape…..

  5. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Draft Hunter Renfro in the latter rounds. The Clemoson/Buc connection would make Hump feel like he’s being followed. lol But I wish Hump the best, go make that money, if there is one guy that deserves it it’s Hump.

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    If the Bucs keep Jackson, expect to see Godwin in the slot.

  7. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    I’m with you Joe regarding Mosley. He could be this era’s Hardy Nickerson signing.

  8. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Happy for Humphries. Deserves every penny. Djax on the other hand isn’t worth one red cent.

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    let hump and djax walk…..cj mosley please!!!!


  10. hamilton Says:

    Watson cannot play slot wr.

  11. donuts Says:

    Its time to move on. While Hump had a productive 2018, he is not worth 4-5M. He can be replaced; Watson showed some promise during pre-season last year and I think he could fill that slot gap well.

    In 2019, it should be ALL ABOUT THE TRENCHES. We stink up front on both sides so until that is remedied we will suck like a vacuum. DL is closer to stability than OL IMHO. I do like JPP and Nassib and Vea showed enough promise in last 5 games to validate his pick. OL is too damn soft.

    With the 5th pick of the NFL draft, the Bucs select Williams OT Alabama! Listen for it! I do believe that we could be trade partners with Skins too so they can jump in front of NYG to get their QB. Kid can sit behind McCoy for a year and learn then takeover. Logic/rumor is all there.

  12. firethecannons Says:

    Wish we could keep Hump but so many other needs–like to get cj mosely also along with devin white. Hope he goes to a really good team!

  13. DB55 Says:

    Still stumped over the hump love. There’s 4-5 4.3 WRs in this draft some could be had in later rounds. Andy Isabella from UMass is a quicker faster Hump. Hump is simply easily replaceable so not sure why all the hype.

    As for CJ it doesn’t sound like he plans to go anywhere

  14. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Mosely would be a dream but loser Licht would rather resign the inferior Kwon than admit he’s not good at drafting defenders

  15. DB55 Says:

    Mark Barron is available. I’m a huge fan!

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think we can all agree the Hump deserves a good pay raise……He was a great find for us as an UDFA……played hard and had a very good attitude. He will definitely be missed.
    The larger his paycheck the more we will realize why we couldn’t afford to keep him. At least he never cost us a draft pick

  17. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Hump will be unheard for the rest of his career UNLESS he goes to the pats and runs the slot there

  18. ERIC Says:

    LET HIM WALK….Free comp pick in next year’s draft

  19. ERIC Says:

    Tbbf … He will in fact he will help us inherit a pick

  20. Rod Munch Says:

    $10m for a #4 WR? LOL!

    Good luck with that Hump.

  21. tmaxcon Says:


    played hard and had a very good attitude. lol how’d that BS translate to wins…. talent wins good attitude just means you lose quality bucfan…


    there will be NO comp pick lol…. damn bucfan sure can overvalue backups with not upside.

  22. bucs4ya Says:

    Bobo or Watson will be just fine in his place and they both have more upside. Maybe now we’ll actually have a punt returner with some speed and doesn’t look for the 1st chance to run outta bounds. I know he was a great safety blanket for Winston but we can’t afford what he wants so on to the next.

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    If someone gives Hump a $10m deal, over multiple years, then yeah – he might actually get the Bucs a pick.

    But there isn’t anyone giving Hump $10m a year – even his fanboys on this message board laugh at that idea.

    He might end up in the $7m range if a team like the Redskins, who is desperate for WR’s, misses out on everything else – but the problem for Hump is that he plays underneath, and without Evans, Godwin, Jackson, OJ and Brate ahead of him on the receiving list, he’s not going to be all that effective since he can easily be shutdown with starter corners.

    If I’m the Bucs I want him back, but at closer to $5m, and so if there really is a market for him, and someone is really going to pay him anything close to $10m, well, it was good knowing ya.

    Bobo will step into that role just fine – and Bobo is a better returner. Also Bobo has yet to literally lose the Bucs games by fumbling the ball away, so that’s a big plus as well.

  24. John B Says:

    Love Hump, can’t pay him- draft Renfro please – better version of Hump for 4 years on a rookie deal

  25. KANG Says:

    It appears that the team and fans are “OK” with letting Hump walk. What a shame. Hump was the only consistency for the Bucs last year, except for the negatives like Ol, DL, Extra Points and FG, Defensive secondary etc.. etc..
    Let djax go, let MCoy go, let the limp lame and lazy go. Keep those who have earned a spot. No more negative retention.
    You want to start winning games?
    You want to go to the big show?
    These are the things that Big cheats (Patriots) do well!
    Get rid of the dead wood and keep those who take care of you!
    Oh yeah, the QB position was garbage last year and the year before that and the year before that too! If BA can’t fix Winston – its bye bye for him too!