Defense First

March 2nd, 2021

Knows which Bucs he’d keep.

The Bucs have loads of weapons and who is to say they can’t find and/or draft someone else to add to the ammo boxes?

But it is defense that wins games and won the Bucs a Super Bowl. Via that line of thinking, both Nick Wright and former Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall believe Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht needs to focus first on re-signing all of the team’s defensive free agents.

And yes, that probably means you wave goodbye to receiver Chris Godwin.

Marshall and Wright, co-hosts of “First Things First,” seen weekday mornings on FS1, are in rare agreement: Licht must re-sign Bucs sack king Shaq Barrett and hang on to linebacker Lavonte David.

They also seem to think foot-rubbing, car-littering tight end Rob Gronkowski won’t break the bank in staying. Both believe Ndamukong Suh won’t cost an arm and a leg and if Playoff Lenny wants to work cheap, OK. Otherwise, feed Ronald Jones.

This is the first time Joe remembers seeing both Marshall and Wright on the same page on a subject. You can hear them spell out what Bucs free agents they would keep and why in the FS1 video below.

19 Responses to “Defense First”

  1. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Bucs can sign Godwin if enough players under contract are willing to rework deals – Go for it NOW while you have the talent! Worry about 2023 in 2023.

  2. Cobraboy Says:

    For years Bucs stockpiled “Weapons for Winston”, and now it’s time to focus on the D.

    WR’s are much easier to come by, even less expensive, than edge guys or sideline-to-sideline LB’s.

    Take care of Barrett, David and Suh first. Then see which WR’s and RBs want to play with Brady for a shot at a ring.

  3. zzbuc Says:

    One thing is wich players I want to stay, and the other is reality……My guess is LVD and PLayffofs Lenny are gone…..The rest probebaly will stay……

  4. Hodad Says:

    Can’t we use one of the tags on him, and work out a trade? There’s a couple of teams with more then one first round pick that would trade one for Godwin I would think. There’s a lot of QB’s moving to new teams that could use a receiver like Godwin. I say trade him if we can.

  5. Beeej Says:

    Which is more rare: guys like Godwin or guys like Shaq?

  6. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    ^^^ Shaq, by a LOT.

    These guys are smart! I think these guys have been reading Harry’s posts on JBF. I love Godwin, but if the Bucs need to save some cap space for the others, CG is the most expendable.

  7. Robert Says:

    and the talking heads are rarely right.

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    i think licht stuns the world and brings everyone back plus an outside FA…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  9. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Priorities= Keep the D front 7 intact, and Succop. GO BUCS!!!

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We absolutely, positively must keep this defense together…..use the draft for a loss at WR if necessary….
    Also, draft an edge rusher & DT……

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    @TBBF … “We absolutely, positively must keep this defense together…..use the draft for a loss at WR if necessary…. Also, draft an edge rusher & DT”.

    Music to my ears TBBF; you’re on fire.

    Could we add a ILB to that in the draft though? Behind White & LVD (assuming he re-signs) we have … oh ya. nobody. Minter is a FA; Cichy is a FA; Bucannon is a FA (and those last 2 saw pretty much zero action this past season). So for ILBs we have … White under contract. That’s it. I suspect that we’ll re-sign Minter, but not Cichy & Bucannon (they were very late-season adds anyways).

    BTW, with White being the only ILB under contract, it amazes me that anyone thinks we won’t re-sign LVD.

  12. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    @Defense, agree with you. Draft BPA, but with a focus on (no particular order) OLB, DT, MLB, OL; actually, that is a pretty good order if the talent is there to do it.

  13. BamaRich Says:

    This article is 100% on point!

  14. PassingThru Says:

    New Orleans did the right thing by keeping the window open for Brees, even if it didn’t pan out. Open some cap space by extending a few contracts. Licht has to do what he can to keep the band together, particularly the defense.

    I don’t expect the tag to be used, not unless Shaq demands compensation that is close to that number.

  15. geno711 Says:

    Keep the defense together.
    My preferred order:

  16. Tommy gunn Says:

    They can easily drop oj howard or brate and save 6mil right there. Might be enough to sign gronk

  17. Joe in Michigan Says:

    This clown Max Wright was wrong about Brady and the Bucs ALL YEAR. He’s an admitted Kansas City fan. Why would anybody listen to him now and take him seriously?

  18. Bucs Guy Says:

    Shaq and LVD. Sign Suh at the right price before the draft. Suh will only play 1 or 2 more years. At #32, you can get the fist or second best DT. If you draft an Edge at #32, you are taking a chance on the 8th or 9th best player at that position. Then draft a LB or OT in the 2nd as the replacement for LVD or D Smith. We’ll know what the Bucs think about LVD if they sign him to a 4 year contact or 2 year contract.

    Must keep Succop. Can’t repeat our K problems of the last decade.

    Draft the Godwin/AB replacement in the 3rd and IOL in the 4th. The wild card in all of this is RB. You have Vaughn and ROJO. If the Bucs get James White or Dion Lewis as a FA, RB will be a low priority in the draft. If not, it could be a selection on day 1 or 2.

  19. Joe in Michigan Says:

    When people say “The Bucs MUST re-sign Ryan Succop at any cost, he’s the only kicker who can make kicks”, do you realize how ridiculous that is? Sure, he was good, it’d be great to have him back, but let’s not get carried away.
    This would be the same as if the 2008 Arizona Cardinals had several free agents, two of them being Larry Fitzgerald and Neil Rackers (the kicker). Arizona fans are filling up the message boards that a 25 year old Fitzgerald (Godwin) is expendable, but Rackers MUST be re-signed (Succop). Ridiculous, isn’t it?