Replacing Carlton Davis With Patrick Peterson And A Draft Pick

February 10th, 2022

Eight-time Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson

Maybe the Bucs can make all their expensive free agents happy. Maybe they can’t. If they had enough salary cap room, then they certainly would. But they don’t

So many questions. For example, will 27-year-old right guard Alex Cappa command quality starter money approaching $10 million a season?

One big question goes to talented but injury-prone Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis. He certainly wants well north of $10 million per season on a multiyear deal. That’s the going rate for a young No. 1 cornerback who is considered above average.

Davis is in that category, and he has playoff experience. Minor knocks on him would be that he’s not great in zone coverage, doesn’t have strong hands, picks up too many flags, and injuries find him.

So suppose the Bucs wave goodbye? What will they do?

Eight-time Pro Bowl corner Patrick Peterson is on the market if he doesn’t re-sign with the Vikings. He turns 32 in July and everything Joe has read out of Minnesota says Peterson still has plenty left in the tank. He missed three games this season with a hamstring injury and one game with COVID.

Joe hears Peterson is still committed to tackling (a tackling dropoff is usually the first sign an old corner is mailing it in) and a lot of Vikings fans want him back. Peterson earned $8 million last season and perhaps he would play for less to reunite with Bucco Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles, men who coached him for years in Arizona.

At the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Joe talked to Peterson extensively about Arians and Bowles, and it was very clear how much he loved playing for them.

Might the Bucs pounce on Peterson with a one-year deal ($6 million plus incentives?) and draft a cornerback to replace Davis?

It’s supposed to be a strong draft for corners, and adding Peterson and a rookie would instantly create competition at corner that the Bucs have avoided the last two seasons. That could be a good thing.

Joe is not writing off Peterson because of his age. He’s had an extraordinarily durable career, and Joe remembers Brent Grimes arriving in Tampa at 33 years old and totally balling out.

40 Responses to “Replacing Carlton Davis With Patrick Peterson And A Draft Pick”

  1. Bucs Fan From Philly Says:

    Sounds like a good idea to me Joe. Thanks for the great read! Now I am excited

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    A good backup plan or something similar would work…….A first round pick on a position that is deep makes sense since we are .at 27

    We may need a TE, RB, WR, DT, OLB…… we have many needs.

  3. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Great article Joe! Thanks for a good read!

  4. Robert Says:

    pay CD. he’s earned it!

  5. PassingThru Says:

    He’s the only legit CB, and all of the Buc CBs are poor zone defenders.

    What’s the common denominator? Is it the CBs they choose to draft, or the way the coaching staff develops their CBs? I don’t know, but something needs to be fixed.

  6. D-Rok Says:

    I like the idea of having a capable vet corner in the lineup. The Sherminator experiment was a good idea on paper but youngsters need experience AND talent to help elevate their individual skills and group cohesion. If CD cannot be re-signed, I think acquiring PP is a good move.

  7. Cleanhouse Says:

    I’m not in love with Davis, I say let him walk. I believe it’s important to sign Suh,Jensen,Gholston,Fournette, Whitehead, Cappa and Stinnie if they are willing. Of course Gronk too but I’m doubtful he’d stay. I believe RoJo is a fantastic back who was foolishly misused by the coaching staff. I’d want him if they’d let him play, but no point if they’re sour on him. I say franchise Godwin again, sucks but he’s hurt and have to see how he responds. JPP is a great glue guy if he can physically do it, but he was really shot, so it would have to be for a smaller amount, and with him considered a rotational guy unless he proves otherwise- I never doubt this guy outright….who knows- the rest let walk, I like Andrew Adams but do t care that much

  8. Bosch Says:

    No one this injury prone is worth 10 mil. It’s that simple.

  9. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Not worth the 10 million for Davis, so many lost games and snaps over time because of injury. If he is above average then that does not say much about CB’s in the NFL.
    Is he a bad player no, but they need to upgrade both CB positions somehow.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  10. SB Says:

    It is a good thing that some of the posters here aren’t the GM.

  11. Ash Says:

    You guys are insane there is no way you let Davis walk and sign a 33 year old corner lol wild. Davis is not the number one corner in the league for sure but he is a top ten corner back guess what you pay them and cappa you can find a good cheaper options might already be on the roster in stinnie.

  12. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Let Kappa walk as it has been shown that others can plug in and play just as well at guard there. Davis I would keep, if you can get him under the average because at end of the day he is a good starting NFL corner, unfortunately he is the only NFL starting corner the bucs have. Licht is not the best evaluator when it comes to corners

  13. firethecannons Says:

    bye bye carlton davis pick up 2 corners in the draft keep dean and smb hope for the best get younger for gods sake!

  14. firethecannons Says:

    Whitehead keep, Cappa, Stinnie sign keep the line together Ryan Jensen gets this years tag

  15. Pewter Power Says:

    Ash I agree there is some crazy talk going on in here. PP is not the same player he was and certainly can’t be any teams number one cover corner any longer. There’s a reason you talk about offering 6 mil.

    You don’t let David walk out the door with a brutal schedule like the Bucs have. If you want to add him to the mix ok but you don’t go one or the other

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe … ‘Might the Bucs pounce on Peterson with a one-year deal ($6 million plus incentives?) and draft a cornerback to replace Davis?’

    Fantastic option Joe; that’s thinking outside the box. Providing of course that we could get Peterson for that price & that the Vikings don’t re-sign him.

    Assuming that we do draft a CB, it should be in Rnd 1 or Rnd 2 at the latest. Everybody’s looking for CBs, and the chances of finding a quality draft pick in Rnd 3 or later who could start OR rotate in/successfully backup is probably not that great. Gardner from Cincinnati & Stingley from LSU are the 2 CBs who interest me the most at this point (both sub-4.5).

    And BTW, I seriously doubt that Davis can be had for the $10 mil number some are throwing around since his Market Value is listed at TWICE THAT. Will he get that? I doubt it because of his recent injury history. But I do think he can get $15-$16 mil from somebody. Gut feel is that it won’t be the Bucs though.

  17. Craig Says:

    Cappa needs to get signed. He is the impetus of our running game and will be crucial next season.

    I think that getting Peterson will be a waste. He only has a year or two, and, though we will win the division, we can’t go all in for a Stupor Bowl now.

    This will be a rebuilt team next season. If it all comes together, fine, but we need two good drafts to build a contender, maybe more if Trask isn’t what I think he is.

  18. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Was cutting Darrelle Revis and signing Alterraun Verner a good idea? Sure, it saved the Bucs some money, but Verner wasn’t good at football (with the Bucs, anyway). Carlton Davis IS good (IMHO) and Patrick Peterson WAS good (IMHO).

  19. Beeej Says:

    At 32, the guy has two years left TOPS, then we’re right back here again
    Not really fair to say if you believe SMB and Dean are quality starters. They’re about to enter final year of their rookie contracts. Can’t sign everyone. -Joe

  20. Adrnagy Says:

    Peterson will be the next sherman.

  21. Daniel Says:

    The Bucs should just pay Davis. Premium position and he fits their scheme. Dean is a good CB2. SMB is terrible.

    Paying 32 year old Peterson unless it’s for depth is a mistake.

  22. SOEbuc Says:

    I am paying young Cappa over Jensen to play next to hold down the right side with a younger Wirfs. We have to develop a new team and whoever Jensen will be snapping to will not have the same connection and communication as the GOAT. Trade Donny. Getting older and sure as hell don’t make another who $42 million mistake.

  23. Buczilla Says:

    Sounds like a damn good plan to me Joes.

  24. Jeff Says:

    A better PASD RUSH will FIX EVERYTHING! It’s so simple!

  25. Anonymous Says:

    Cant see PP on a one year deal. Its his final contract. Someone is going to give him a 3yrs. Agree on competition 100%, we need to get a decent year out of SMB.

  26. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I A HEART BEAT! Davis is way overrated ask McVay. JC Jackson would a better option.

  27. Buc king Says:

    I love Peterson play style..I say yes

  28. fern Says:

    Nope got burned last year

  29. Buc king Says:

    At this point I say we draft cb center lb and the rest should be best available players…
    Sign Winston back for team friendly deal..
    Compete Trask vs winston…or I love to see mighty mouse under center..
    Be nice to get fournette back cheap if not find a free agent.
    Whitehead over Davis and at fair price.
    Godwin back assuming he’s healing good enough at 15 to 16 mil a yr.
    Is scotty ready to be the 3rd receiver if not gotta find one.
    Suh gets another 10 mil gronk to if he wants to stay playing.
    Fix their holes next year.
    Is Tryon ready to step up for jpp will jpp take 5mil to play?
    Golhston is he back for the low?
    Did Shaq earn his money I would say no personally…
    Is brate worth the money I say again say no…
    I think this team need to invest heavily in secondary in the draft..
    It’s supposed to be a good year for that then get 2 or 3 guys because we can’t afford to pay these guys who can’t stay healthy or cover big pay days.
    Personally I see a team who needs to make the tough calls and move some players for draft picks.
    Evan vea Winfield David are the only player I think that ate untouchables

  30. Beeej Says:

    Beeej Says:
    February 10th, 2022 at 11:55 am
    At 32, the guy has two years left TOPS, then we’re right back here again
    Not really fair to say if you believe SMB and Dean are quality starters. They’re about to enter final year of their rookie contracts. Can’t sign everyone. -Joe

    Can’t say I’m sure about SMB/Dean, (ALSO an dubious about CE being worth $10 mil a year) but a 32 year old corners NOT named Daryl Green isn’t gonna be around long

  31. The Coroner Says:

    Older players who miss games with hamstring injuries may be at the cusp of lots of injuries and missed time. Julio Jones.
    As they say. The best ability is availability.

  32. adam from ny Says:

    bringing in peterson is like bringing in bill capece to battle succop for the kicking spot…

    yes i said bill capece… 🙂

    we brought in sherman and look how that really worked out…

    come on man

  33. steele Says:

    Petersen is long in the tooth and better at safety at the end of his career.

    Kick the tires on JC Jackson and Stephon Gilmore, check Gilmore’s health.

    Go for Carlton if those don’t pan out.

  34. David Says:

    I would prefer them to lock up Davis as long as it does not hinder them in locking up Godwin and Jensen. To me, they are priority 1 and 2 and Davis is 3.

    Getting Peterson for two years at eight mill or less while drafting another DB would be an excellent Plan B

  35. pick6 Says:

    why not add Peterson along with tagging Davis? no need to throw a rookie into the fire and I’m not sold that we have a steady CB2 in the building right now, especially once the injuries start piling up

    the front seven will invariably be weaker than last year with veterans aging and\or retiring and no replacements ready, more will be needed from DBs.

  36. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Tag Davis? Did any if you watch the Rams game? Or the Jets or any other game he played in? Even last years SB he had two
    holding plays that nulfied some great D plays. Let’s not forget the helmet removing. This team needs a shut down corner and he ain’t it.

  37. Idahobucfan4life Says:

    I like this idea!….Davis needs to go get his fat contract somewhere else.

  38. Rod Munch Says:

    A very stupid idea, you don’t give up your young corner who is the best on the team, one of the better corners in the NFL, for a very old declining corner who is still going to be expensive.

    I did check with my Vikings source and they thought that Peterson played well, but wasn’t anything special. If you’re giving up on Davis, you should want more than that.

  39. Ed Says:

    Spend more on DL and OL, corners are only as good as the pressure on QB and how they fit the system. Davis may be a good corner in a man system but Bowles plays too much zone and to put big money into a CB that isn’t a great zone corner, I don’t think its a good idea.

    If Davis was an iron-man who didn’t miss all those games, maybe its a smart move to retain him but he isn’t durable. There are higher priority free agents to spend on.

    Davis can’t catch the ball either, he doesn’t make interceptions, thats a fact, he drops them. When you get your opportunity to make an INT, don’t mess up. Ask the 49ers how important it is to make the interception when its thrown right to you.

  40. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Bucs “fans”: CD is injury prone!
    He’s missed 13 games in 4 years

    Bucs “fans”: Derwin James is the best!
    He’s missed 28 games in 4 years