The Art Of Negotiations

July 31st, 2020

Caught ‘ya!

Joe has a revealing tweet later in this story for the world to see. And Joe’s readers are welcome to solve the puzzle.

There is a smoke signal floating in the social media cesspool that the Bucs breaking down and signing a veteran running back yesterday wasn’t done on a whim.

Shady McCoy, the walking definition of a veteran and a future Hall of Famer, is now a Bucs running back. McCoy is 32. And his signing makes you wonder.

Now Joe yesterday suggested Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians danced the dance of misdirection when he said on Tuesday he wasn’t going to “make any adjustments” to the running back position.

Two days later, McCoy is welcomed to the Bucs’ family.

Either Arians is totally out of the loop with team transactions (highly unlikely) or he had a senior moment and mistook running back for wide receiver.

Or he knew this was brewing in the backroom.

On Sunday, Shady responded to a tweet from Jalen Mills. The Eagles defensive back clearly was hearing rumblings behind the scenes about Shady signing with some unnamed contender.

Some background: Both Mills and Shady are represented by oily Drew Rosenhaus. Again, this Tweet was two days before Arians declared no “adjustments” were coming at running back.

To paraphrase the late Sen. Howard Baker, what did Arians know about the Bucs trying to sign Shady, and when did he know it?

21 Responses to “The Art Of Negotiations”

  1. gp Says:

    Careful Joe
    You don’t want to be labeled a “conspiracy theorist”!

  2. Buczilla Says:

    I’m just thrilled that we have a running back that has actually accomplished something in the nfl.

  3. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    I think the Vaughn test made them pull the trigger, and/or, after the rookies they saw how much money they had.

  4. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    So Tom works out with our backs and then tells Bruce, “man we need someone in here that can catch.”

  5. Fred mcneil Says:

    40 something qb and a 30 something rb …. why don’t we hire joe Biden too

  6. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Shady had 1 carry in the 2019 KC playoffs

    Andy Reid wanted so much of Shady leadership, he was inactive in the Superbowl game”

    The Real Kobe Faker

  7. Alan Collingwood Says:

    I’d be interested to know what the contract for McCoy is. My guess is that TJ Logan is not long for this team

  8. Bucsfanman Says:

    This is a no-risk signing. It’s obvious to anyone who knows anything about football that he will NOT be a “work-horse” back. He’s a vet player with pass-catching skills.
    Would you rather have Dare or McCoy? In space? Please!
    So, whatcha cryin’ for then?!

  9. Howard Cosell Says:

    Conspiracy Theorist == Wise Man

  10. Smashsquatch Says:

    He knew and we don’t need to know. Simple and effective as Shady was signed at the minimum. He’s a break glass back but more importantly can teach the younglings a thing or two about pass pro & route running. The real question is how much influence Brady had in the decision.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Technically BA was correct….He didn’t make any adjustments to the RB position….Licht did.

  12. mark2001 Says:

    Coach Speak… You really think these guys will tell us what they think about positions and players? All that would do is drive up the price of FA’s out there. We never know everything happening behind the scenes. And we don’t need to. I guess we could call it a plan to build a winning team and not telling the media and fans what you really think. Conspiracy to be the best team in the league? I’d think so.

  13. rrsrq Says:

    This is the problem I have with the Bucs, this signing should’ve been pursued last year, yeah Shady May have wanted to be a Chief and play for Andy Reid (was that his old coach with Philly), but a solid offer could’ve persuaded him. Now let’s surround Brady with some experience in the backfield – not dwelling on the past but c’mon man…

  14. Allbuccedup Says:

    Or BA is full of BS.

  15. John Sinclear Says:

    Fred – Biden has a history of dropping the ball. Buc’s don’t need that.

  16. mark2001 Says:

    John…but if you were looking for an honest answer about what was going on, as this article alludes to, Biden would at least give you that.

  17. BA4President Says:

    Of course he knew. How is it not silly to think otherwise.

    I like @tampabaybucfan’s comment of him not making the change, but Licht making it, haha

  18. mark2001 Says:

    Agree BA4… I don’t think any decisions are made without Arians signing off on it.

  19. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I’m sorry but I’m missing the point of this conversation.

    I thought that was literally part of BA’s and Licht’s job description. Mislead and use maximum misdirection so the 31 other teams did not know your plans.

    Am I mistaken? WHY would BA reveal his plans in advance? Seriously.
    How is the a story for anybody but NDOG who can continue his caterwauling about what a liar BA is.

    Is there anybody here who DOESN’T want BA to lie when it comes to the teams future plans if it means keeping privileged info from other teams?

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says
    “So Tom works out with our backs and then tells Bruce, “man we need someone in here that can catch.”

    Or…Vaugn entered Covid-19 protocol so the Bucs needed a guy.

  21. BucEmUp Says:

    Who gives a flying crap? Arians has a poker face and isn’t about to tell people what he is doing. He doesn’t have any responsibility to keep fans informed about inner workings of the team….it’s a business. Why the hell would anyone want to ever tip their hand for any reason to anyone else?