“Sought-After” Jamel Dean

March 6th, 2023

Big shot NBC insider and Hall of Fame selector Peter King was patrolling the NFL Scouting Combine last week and talking to NFL power brokers and top prospects for his podcast and more.

He shared some takeaways this morning and one is about this year’s somewhat unexciting free agent class.

Joe has written previously about how this is a miserable year for free agent receivers (anyone want to cough up a third-round pick for Russell Gage?) and it’s not stellar at other positions, either.

King is down on the overall class, too, and that led to him labeling Bucs cornerback Jamel Dean among the “sought-after” in a class that could have general managers sitting on their wallets for a while. Interesting that King didn’t have any other Bucs as hot commodities.

Free-agency? Meh. Assuming Lamar Jackson and Daniel Jones are either franchised or signed by the start of free-agency next week, it’s going to be a lean year for the unrestricted players without contracts. Philadelphia defensive tackle Javon Hargrave and corner James Bradberry, tackles Orlando Brown (KC) and Mike McGlinchey (Niners) and DBs Jamel Dean (Bucs) and Jordan Poyer (Bills) will be some of the sought-after ones in the early hours of the market. As one GM told me, this could be a year when teams hold their cash till the market settles.

Obviously, other free agents will be wanted, including Lavonte David, but it seems King plucked the guys who will command huge money per his conversations with general managers, agents and executives.

Joe gets Dean’s appeal — long, fast, Super Bowl experience, decent durability — but nobody is confusing Dean with a Pro Bowler and he hasn’t been tested much as a No. 1 corner.

If a team is willing to pay Dean top-10 cornerback money, about $16.5 million per year, then Joe expects the Bucs to pass on a competitive bid.

17 Responses to ““Sought-After” Jamel Dean”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Buca should pass on Dean……..save the money and finally get a comp pick. Reluctantly letting LVD go will likely earn another comp pick.
    Use the money saved and the draft to replace them and resign Nelson, RNR & at least one of the safeties…….Ryan, Neal or Edwards.

  2. PSL Bob Says:

    I hate to see good players go, but you’ve got to deal with reality. The Bucs don’t have any money to spend. Keep who you can and then concentrate on the draft.

  3. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Dean will get paid by another team, Bucs need to draft a CB.

  4. Dooley Says:

    Joey Porter Jr. c’mon doooooooown

  5. Voice of Truth Says:

    Dean is inconsistent and gets dinged a lot – would spend the money at Edge or DL instead and draft his replacement 2nd or 3rd round

  6. eric Says:

    Letting a good young, productive CB go is like scuba diving without any air in the tank or sky diving without a parachute, how do that make any sense! Just draft his replacement its that easy right!

  7. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Let some other team overpay. Might even get a third round compensatory pick.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    TBBF … ‘Use the money saved and the draft to replace them and resign Nelson, RNR & at least one of the safeties…….Ryan, Neal or Edwards.’

    I have very mixed feelings on not re-signing LVD IF he’s willing to do a team-friendly deal (we simply can’t afford Dean). Yes we’d more than likely get a comp pick for LVD, but probably a 4th Rounder or something similar (hopefully the same with Dean). But both LVD & Dean are very talented (and highly experienced) starters; not too many 4th Rounders show up with that kind of talent. Once we lose the two of them, we have no one else of comparable talent & experience to take their place (no DEPTH). And oh ya, no money to buy comparable talent & experience.

    I think we’ll be better off in the long-term signing LVD to a 2-year (hopefully team-friendly) contract. We NEED his experience AND field leadership now more than ever if we’re really ‘going young’ starting this year. Plus I have serious doubts about being able to re-sign White next year. At $20 mil I really can’t see that happening.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    TBBF … Did a little look-see at comp picks, and Over-The-Cap projects that the Bucs will get 2 this year. The actual criteria is confidential, but the picks end up being Rnd 3-7. Here’s what I thought was the most interesting …

    ‘When awarding compensatory picks, the NFL uses a formula that accounts for a player’s average salary per year (APY), snap count and postseason awards. The exact specifics of the formula are confidential, but we do know it also takes into consideration a player’s history of playing time (or lack thereof).’

    Since Dean was on his 1st contract, earnings weren’t very high, and his snap counts averaged 62% over his 4 years. Can’t remember any postseason awards. LVD’s earnings were in the $12 mil range average, and he got tons of playing time. So I’d guess that his comp pick if not re-signed would be maybe a Rnd 3 or 4.

  10. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    Dean picked the right time to have a good season. He was a rotation guy fighting for time on the field most of his Bucs tenure.

    Either he’s figured it out or he’s peaked.

    Bucs had 10 INTs last season. Not a great number. Bucs had 45 sacks. Not elite, but not bad either. More INTs should have resulted.

    I’m OK with letting Dean walk. But CB in round 2 or 3 is in order.

  11. Who Says Says Can't Say Says:

    Only bad teams will pay a corner big free agent money. I’m really curious who will cough up big for Jamel Dean as their savior, and hence prove that they are a crappy team with no future. No offense to Dean, it’s just the position isn’t worth that in my opinion.

    Corner doesn’t make you win, and Dean even as decent as he is, is no Revis Island. And even that didn’t make the Bucs win when Revis was here.

  12. sasquatch Says:

    Dean is gone. We aren’t paying him. We just don’t have the cap to accommodate him. Get used to it.

  13. Don’t make a scene 35 Says:

    Let’s see
    Last year we looked at times like we were a slower and older team
    So those of you who want to let go of our fastest Buccaneer who is definitely our best cover guy in the secondary and younger
    Doesn’t make sense
    Pay Dean end of story
    Go Bucs

  14. sasquatch Says:

    ^ “end of story”

    Well there you have it. That’s the end of the story. There can’t be any other facts to consider like any of the other cap considerations, or the fact that Dean has only really earned a big paycheck for one year, and been hurt or inconsistent every other year. Yeah, forget all the other facts. “End of story.” Dumbass.

  15. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Don’t make a scene 35 Says:
    March 6th, 2023 at 2:50 pm
    Let’s see
    Last year we looked at times like we were a slower and older team
    So those of you who want to let go of our fastest Buccaneer who is definitely our best cover guy in the secondary and younger
    Doesn’t make sense
    Pay Dean end of story
    Go Bucs
    I think Carlton Davis is a better cover guy (most certainly for their NFL careers, so far) and is 2 months younger than Dean. There are good corners in this year’s draft, and the Bucs can’t afford to give Dean what he’ll make signing with another team. It makes sense if you think about it, can’t keep everybody.

  16. covertwo22 Says:

    Let him walk. Sign Murphy-Bunting for much cheaper. I don’t think he’ll too much interest based on the draft class and where he’s ranked in FA.
    It looks like a really good CB can be drafted in the 1st or 2nd round.

  17. Don’t make a scene 35 Says:

    Don’t get into name calling here
    Just plain disagree