Poaching Josh Wells And Aaron Stinnie

February 18th, 2021

Super Bowl right guard Aaron Stinnie

Happy 27th birthday today to Bucs’ Super Bowl starting guard Aaron Stinnie. He went from “who?” to a Tampa Bay hero in one month’s time.

But now what?

Stinnie is a restricted free agent who proved he can start and thrive at the highest level; his first four career starts were in this season’s four playoff games. And the dude looked like a guard who would be embraced by many NFL teams.

Over at left tackle, the Bucs also needed a backup to start in December, when Josh Wells proved more than up for the task as the Bucs offense exploded in a second-half comeback against the Falcons. It was the second consecutive season that veteran Wells admirably filled in for Donovan Smith.

Unlike Stinnie, Wells, who turned 30 this week, is an unrestricted free agent.

Joe’s very curious to see what teams, if any, come calling for these two key cogs on the Bucs’ depth chart.

If the Bucs slap a second-round tender on Stinnie to keep him for 2021, then that would cost them more than $3 million in salary. That could be too high if they want to retain other key free agents. Wells earned $935,000 last season, and it wouldn’t shock Joe if another team was willing to triple that salary to make him a swing-tackle backup.

When a team wins a Super Bowl, its players have an extra sparkle on the open market.

In recent years, discarded Bucs have had mixed interest in the market. Joe suspects this year will be different. The free agency dinner bell rings one month from today.

22 Responses to “Poaching Josh Wells And Aaron Stinnie”

  1. westernbuc Says:

    All great franchises get compensatory picks. Nothing wrong with letting some other teams overpay guys

  2. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Haeg is free agent too, i believe..

  3. Bird Says:

    Glad stinnie is restricted so we have some control over situation
    He played really well in backup role
    Larsen couldnt hack it

    Im done with haeg. No need for him to be on team moving forward

  4. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Joe, with regard to comp picks, is a team’s comp pick also affected by that teams signing of a FA? For example, when (not likely “if”) we loose Fournette, if we sign, say Peterson, doesn’t the Peterson signing knock us down, or possibly out of the comp pick?

  5. Marine Buc Says:

    My hope is the FA market will be severely affected by Covid. There will be $350-$500 million less dollars available than last year.

    Which means more players will realize this and sign one year deals in order to wait for the larger contracts available after next season…

    Fingers crossed we get most of our guys back for at least one more year.

  6. SB~LV Says:

    Other team will pouch both to weaken the Bucs and at the same time maybe improve themselves, ‘tis always been so in FA

  7. Coburn Says:

    Would really hate to see Stinnie go. A young guy that can start at guard is not someone you want to let go. Starting calibre guards don’t exactly grow on trees, but could end up being a luxury. Just don’t know if the second rounder ends up being as good

  8. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Our depth shined in the playoffs. Great job building a complete team by the Bucs!

  9. ocala Says:

    I agree with westernbuc. However, I think Stinnie is a valuable backup and I would like the Bucs to keep him if possible.

    It is amazing how good this Bucs roster has become under Jason Licht in that it has backup players that will get paid good money if they hit free agency.

  10. Jeff Says:

    No team will be poaching these two for starting roles.

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    @Marine Buc: I agree.

    I fully expect to see many more lower-$$$ one-year deals this FA period, banking on the 2022 cap to rise significantly.

  12. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    Jeff I disagree. There are some old, bad OL members out there.

  13. Mort Says:

    The difference between a second round tender and literally no compensation is about a million bucks. Protect him or at least bag a 2.

  14. Fred mcneil Says:

    We can draft somebody if we have to.

  15. Fred mcneil Says:

    We’re drafting for depth this year anyway.

  16. TOM Says:

    I still say trade D Smith to save about 14mil in cap space. To me he is what he is an overpaid lazy ass who only plays when the mood strikes him. Not worth the money.

  17. D1 Says:

    Stinnie is a guy who could not only challenge Cappa, for the starting role, he could very well replace him.

  18. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Tom

    Trade D. Smith and replace with who?

  19. firethecannons Says:

    at the least I hope we get compensatory draft picks for these players

  20. bucsince79 aka bumaneer Says:

    Stinne is worth $3m next year!! Did A great job for Cappa… Pay the man…

  21. adam from ny Says:

    dam these two are gonna be sought after…

    especially stinnie…

    no to joe haeg…

    try to keep wells and stinnie…

    when everything relies on brady’s health and protection…

    literally everything, you make sure to have a deep OL…

    these 2 are a priority….

    we go as brady goes…

    even keep haeg if you can…

    we really need all 3 as key pieces in a long nfl season…

    some say brady can play 5 more years…

    i don’t see it…

    he can play a few more – so it seems…

    but he must be protected at all costs…

    old bones are old bones…

    avocado scented ben gay doesn’t fix sh!t

  22. Mike Says:

    Wells is replaceable. Stinnie is not. The Bucs will need to tender him.