Another Free Agent Returns

April 13th, 2021

 Ross Cockrell

When it comes to returning the Band of Bucs, veteran cornerback Ross Cockrell might be the equivalent of a fourth-chair trombone, but he’s a damn good one.

Cockrell certainly earned his Super Bowl ring, taking more than 20 percent of the Bucs’ defensive snaps last season and fitting right in during his two starts and in other spot duty. Impressive for a guy who signed onto Tampa Bay’s veteran practice squad (special COVID rules) in late September.

Now 29 years old, the pride of Duke University (Duke put him on their search committee for a new athletic director this year) will play his eighth NFL season for the Bucs. Tampa Bay announced today that Cockrell was re-signed.

All the starters are back. Loads of the quality depth has returned. A dynamic running back was imported yesterday.

Joe is so damn happy. How did we all live through The Lost Decade?

32 Responses to “Another Free Agent Returns”

  1. Mitch Says:

    Great depth signing! He was also made plays on special teams too! I remember him batting a ball at the 1 and being downed at the 4.

  2. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Man – at this point I’m really expecting the Bucs to draft DL & OL almost exclusively…maybe a kick / punt return star sprinkled in somewhere. But I gotta believe @ Joe – a QB to learn at the feet of the master may be in the offing too.

  3. catcard202 Says:

    Quality Depth matters…

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    Good news!

  5. Bucanero Says:

    And no QB yet… Do you think the Bucs are baiting teams like WFT, Chicago or even Carolina in order to push them to draft a QB late in the 1st round? or are the Bucs setting up for a bench-warmer 1st rounder? The thing is BA won’t be in TB for the long run so if they do draft a QB they must be pretty confident that BL will get passed the torch in one or two seasons.

  6. Dew Says:

    Yes thankful to have lived to see this. I think we haven’t signed AB because we are hoping to draft Elijah Moore out of Mississippi. If you haven’t read his stats you need too. Incredible receiver & ran a 4.32 40. Hope we get him.

  7. Buc92’ Says:

    We sure have our foot on the gas the last 48 hours … Not looking good for AB , which may be a good thing … #GoBucs

  8. ocala Says:

    I like this signing too. Jason Licht is on fire!

  9. Mitch Says:

    two year deal too!

  10. Medicated Pete Says:

    “With great suffering, comes great reward”

  11. Defense Rules Says:


  12. Bucsfanman Says:

    “How did we all live through The Lost Decade?”

    Copious amounts of alcohol, COPIOUS!!!

  13. SB~LV Says:

    Lol… those rookies and FA’s better not show any fear!
    Competition is going to be Buccaneer historic at the bottom of the position depth charts !

  14. Swampbuc Says:

    Excellent news about the Cockrell.

  15. SOEbuc Says:

    Nice. We still need some secondary security but this is good news.

  16. Capt.Tim Says:

    Cockrell played great, plus his experience really helped a young secondary.
    Fantastic resigning!
    Licht is making the Bucs look like a fantasy Team!!!
    I hope they are paying him major Jack!

    Agree Joe.
    The lost decade felt like getting seal clubbed every weekend. Horrible seasons, horrible offseasons, horrible drafts.
    Now, Licht has stacked some fantastic drafts, incredible FA pickups, and such smart pick ups for depth!

    The lost decade was embarrassing. So bad it hurt your pride.
    Now, it was worth it.
    All it took was the Greatest QB of all time!

    They say that Aaron Rodgers is definitely outta Green Bay, at the end of this Season or next.
    Play Brady for as long as he wants to play!
    But if he wants to retire in the next two years- might wanna ring up Rodgers.
    Why invest 4 or 5 years on a Rookie- just to discover he sucks!

  17. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Capt. Tim: Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers were rookies at one time, they seemed to work out okay. I get what you’re saying though, for every good one there are several Josh Rosens.

  18. JimmyJack Says:

    Good move Licht! These guys get overlooked but they matter a lot, as we saw last year.

    Any word on McClendon the DT? Is he a free agent or has a new team? He was another key depth player for us last year.

  19. Ash Says:

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see mcclendon retire

  20. BradyBucs Says:

    Bucs going CORNER at #32. BOOK IT.

  21. Ash Says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me that or OL

  22. Bill Says:

    Not big on the Aaron Rodgers idea. Clearly a major talent, but also clearly a whiney beatch when things go wrong. Rather develop a youngster and inoculate him in the Brady way.

  23. Bill Says:

    Besides, he does not believe in keeping his services low cost so the team talent can be maximized

  24. Dave g Says:

    byron replaces arians brady replaces byron and rodgers replaces brady 2022 2023 season go bucs and the dream continues

  25. Capt.Tim Says:

    Dave G
    Mind blown- but I love it!

  26. Drunkinybor Says:

    Good resign this is the type of player championship teams keep around.

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    There is no way that “Cockrell” gets through this moderation system… No way…

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    HAHAHA, it didn’t! That is fantastic, it got moderated. Personally, I love that.

  29. Brandon Says:

    Bernard is a DYNAMIC RB? Kidding, right?

    2018 3.8 YPC
    2019 3.4 YPC
    2020 3.2 YPC

    He is about as undynamic as they get. A folding lawn chair will probably get more yards after contact and Ryan Jenson will probably have to wait for Gio when blocking on screens.

  30. CalBucsFan Says:

    Joe asks how did we all live through the Lost Decade?

    For days like these Joe, for days like these!

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  31. adam from ny Says:

    signed all the starters…

    now locking in all the depth pieces…

    the bucs are definitely the new america’s team…

    at least for a year or two more…

    bask now, worry later

  32. BUCFAN4LIFE Says:

    Gotta’ be a True fan to survive the “Lost Decade” and still not lose faith . I haven’t lost faith (well almost) since they entered the NFL .