Safety May Not Be Free

March 15th, 2020

Pointing back to Vikings?

There is no question the only hole on the Bucs defense is at safety.

Yeah, Joe likes how Jordan Whitehead likes to play like John Lynch. And with Mike Edwards, maybe he can develop into a decent safety? Jury is still way out on him.

And there is nothing on the Bucs roster to feel comfortable about after those two. So at best, safety is thin as hard-to-find toilet tissue.

(Now Joe gets how one cannot find cleaning supplies, or hand sanitizer or soap or rubbing alcohol thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. But toilet paper? Joe has yet to read from any credible source that the coronavirus gives people the sh!ts — the victims just can’t breathe.)

One guy Joe had his eye on as a possible free agent pickup is Vikings safety Anthony Harris, who is expected to hit the free agent market this week (unless the NFL does the smart thing and delays free agency and the draft for a good month. This coronavirus pandemic is just getting started, sorry to say folks).

Harris, in his first season as a full-time starter, led the NFL in picks. But speaking on Ian Rapaport’s podcast, it doesn’t sound as if Harris is looking to leave the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

“I don’t see a reason why I’m looking to go somewhere else,” Harris said.

Per Spotrac, the Vikings have roughly $20 million in salary cap room. So they don’t have a bunch of wiggle room to sign a high-priced free agent.

Will Harris price himself out of Minneapolis or will he take a hometown discount?

This will be a player to monitor in the coming days.

31 Responses to “Safety May Not Be Free”

  1. Bigbucs1 Says:

    Heard him on nfl radio that he loves it there and would like to stay.

  2. Jean Lafitte Says:

    The will keep

    Jordan Whitehead, Mike Edwards, Andrew Adams, and probably Justin Evans

    draft 2 safeties

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    Draft and develop


  4. Clean House Says:

    I think the toilet paper is so that one can take a dump during a prolonged quarantine

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    813bucboi … I’m all for ‘draft & develop’ but sometimes you have no choice but to go the free agency route to fix a weakness in your starting rotation. Safety falls into that category this year IMO. Most immediate starters from the draft come from the high round picks, and we’ve got other higher-priority ‘fish to fry’ this year IMO (OLine, RB, DLine for starters).

    Bucs NEED a quality starter to pair with Whitehead. We NEED a veteran presence in our Secondary to serve as a ‘field general’ for our young defenders. Andrew Adams did a commendable job last season (and the season before) in filling in back there, and hopefully the Bucs’ braintrust opts to re-sign him (he’s another UFA). But I suspect most would agree that Adams isn’t the long-term answer to our NEED for a starting Safety. And I don’t have the foggiest idea if Justin Evans will ever see the field again, much less start. Mike Edwards improved considerably as the year wore on, but I still think that he a ‘tweener’ (hybrid Safety & Nickel probably).

    There are lots of quality veteran Safeties on the FA market right now. Many will probably opt to stay where they’re at, but some will see the Bucs as a perfect place to showcase their skills looking for that big payday either now or down the line. I’ve got confidence that Todd Bowles will find the right guy to fit his defense.

  6. Rod Munch Says:

    Everyone, when it comes to your rear end, just buy a Japanese bidet toilet seat already. Stop being a bunch of dirty savages with poo smeared all over a-hole, it’s disgusting and that’s all paper does. Those bidet seats are fantastic, the seats are heated, even blow dries your rear end for you. When you’re a fancy man like me, that is a must. Plus it will also deodorizer the air, but for me it’s not needed since my s@$@ doesn’t stink. In any case, no need for a TP run for me.

  7. BigHog Says:

    Colt 45 got people talking out of their a$$!!

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I don’t understand the benefit to postponing FA…..there is limited contact/travel. Someone please let me know what I am missing.

  9. Ineffable Dullard Repairman Says:


    I own one of those and love it. It’s not the cheapest of contraptions but it’s worth every penny–and then some.
    My only regret is that I can’t take it with me wherever I go, especially when the urge strikes in a public place and I’m forced to partake within the confines of the only alternative–a germ infested rat nest.
    To put it mildly, it is the greatest invention since … toilet paper!

  10. Youngbucs Says:

    They better delay anything Jameis has to this week enough already

  11. Youngbucs Says:


  12. OBP Says:

    “There is no question the only hole on the Bucs defense is at safety.”

    I don’t know about that one Joe. Safety is no doubt the most GLARING need on our defense but I saw plenty of times last season when our DEs got 1v1 match ups when guys like Shaq, JPP, Vita, and Carl were getting double teamed and did nothing. I’d say we need at least 1 DE in the draft to pair next to Vita. Also we need a back up nickel cause our depth is razor thin.

  13. rrsrq Says:

    Harris was my hope, he likes Minnesota because they have a pass rush, So do the Bucs, hopefully, perhaps he can be enticed if he doesn’t take the hometown discount.

  14. Hawk Says:

    ““I don’t see a reason why I’m looking to go somewhere else,” Harris said.” = Show me the money and I can see a reason to wear a different uniform!

  15. MadMax Says:

    Delpit, Davis or Dugger if we manage a trade down and get an extra 2nd…..still might be able to land Dugger in the 3rd.

    But since Brady is coming here, we’ll probably spend that #14 on O line.

    This OT Ezra Cleveland is looking pretty good too as a late 2nd/early 3rd in case we miss out on one in the first. Him or Ben Bartch (late 3rd) for our new RT.

  16. Chris l Says:

    With all our question marks I would hardly say we are set at any position on defense aside from linebacker. This team needs to build a ferocious dline for us to stand any chance.

  17. The Coroner Says:

    Joe. The Show must go on. LIVE video. Just Do It!

  18. Jonzey Says:

    We don’t need him keep who we have our secondary is going to best one of the best as long as we sign JJP, SB, Suh. Bring Winston back and sign Bridgewater for backup

  19. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I like some of the free agent safeties, this guy, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and a few others (also wonder if Eric Berry has anything left). I guess it comes down to how much money it’ll cost.

  20. Joe in Michigan Says:

    MadMax: Were you a Chris Conte fan? Ashtyn Davis has been compared to him. Not saying he is or isn’t, but the comparison should scare any Bucs fan that had to endure several subpar years of Conte as starting Safety.

  21. Bucs Guy Says:

    Safety = Tre Boston. Should have signed him last year.

    Keep FA on schedule. Just make evrything pending passing a physical.

    Keep the draft on schedule and do it old school with modern communications. Each team calls in from their home offices. Hook up a camera to connect to NFL offices. You don’t need the big show in Vegas. Players can connect via Twitter for their reaction and interview. Let Vegas have it next year.

  22. MadMax Says:

    Two different players Joe….and the main difference is one who is young and coachable. But live in the past if you put that much into player comparison…btw, that metric is flawed.

    Conte never played corner or stood out as a kick returner in college (3 for 55 yards)… nor was he a track star. Do some research before you come back at me with him being compared to Conte, please.

  23. TOM Says:

    I don’t think the safety position is as bad as people say. Whitehead & Edwards should be fine. Adams a good backup. Don’t think the Bucs need to draft a safety until maybe the fourth rd.

  24. Joe in Michigan Says:

    MadMax: you can read the comparison at Walter Football, if you wish.
    Athlon Sports says “Davis will be more effective in zone coverage” and “Davis fits as a Cover-2 Safety”. Have you researched this?

  25. Joe in Michigan Says:

    What you typed here belongs to Joe doesn’t cut and paste anything more than small snippets of others’ work as it doesn’t belong to Joe or you. –Joe

  26. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Oh, okay. Sorry. I just wanted to show the information that wasn’t my opinion, it was somebody else’s. My bad, Sir.

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    Ineffable – Yeah, those seats are great. Also, on the cost, they’re really not that bad over the long term. If you buy decent TP, the costs add up. I think over a decade or so you probably end up around even, but as I’ve said, what is the price you’d pay to feel clean for the next 15 years. I’d say it’s more than $340.

  28. Joe in Michigan Says:

    The most ominous quote about Ashtyn Davis (and this totally reminds me how that Steelers Tight End stuff-armed Chris Conte out of the NFL): “He’s not strong, not physical, and misses a ton of tackles. It looks like he doesn’t have the heart to tackle. On tape, the lack of physicality was utterly criminal. He’s athletic, but doesn’t make a ton of plays in coverage, and is not a rangy instinctive centerfielder. In the NFL, he’s going to get run over and run off the map”.

  29. MadMax Says:

    Im glad you like him in the 4th instead of the 3rd JoeinMich 🙂

    Seriously Joey, it all remains to be seen….we’ll find out. Im not hung up on him, its just my opinion and a gut feeling. Maybe he did something to offend you. You’re hung up on shooting him down on any posts i make about him. Okay, so be it. Have fun with it, i dont care because i know my stuff 😉

  30. Joe in Michigan Says:

    MadMax: It’s nothing personal against you, or Ashtyn Davis. I, as do you, want what’s best for the Bucs. More than anything, I wanted to share information. We all have our own opinions, there’s probably fans out there who think Conte was a solid safety.

  31. Joe in Michigan Says:

    To put it in context, if anyone on here said that they thought Shea Patterson (QB, Michigan) was great and the Bucs should draft him with a high pick, I’d give my 2 cents of why I’d be against it.