Jason Licht: Randy Gregory Won’t Affect The Draft

April 11th, 2024

New Bucs edger rusher Randy Gregory.

Buccaneers Ring of Honor general manager Jason Licht wasn’t hyping his latest signing today.

During his predraft news conference, Licht was asked about the recent free agent signing of 31-year-old edge rusher Randy Gregory, who has a troubled past and has never been a great player.

The Bucs will pay him $3 million plus incentives, but that doesn’t mean Licht is expecting a lot.

“We were just looking for some depth there however it turns out,” Licht said of the Gregory signing. “We wanted some depth there but it’s not going to affect how we approach the draft. We could always use, you know, a higher end pass rusher. I think every team can. So it’s not going to affect how we approach it.”

“We have a lot of needs.”

So will the Bucs draft an edge rusher to supplement their weak edge rush?

5 to 7 guys you like there but it’s possible one might not be there, so that’s hardest part of picking No. 26

“I always like the trenches and I think we need help in both trenches,” Licht said when asked to name his team’s greatest needs.

8 Responses to “Jason Licht: Randy Gregory Won’t Affect The Draft”

  1. Boss Says:

    no pass rush, lost our #1 CB….

    what could go wrong.

    as long as the offense can keep up we’ll be cool though.

    OL, EDGE early and often!

  2. Mr. Editor Says:

    It’s exactly what was discussed in the last podcast with Ira: Vita Vea is 29 and doesn’t play every snap, so don’t be surprised if the Bucs draft a defensive tackle if a good one is available.

  3. D-Rok Says:

    Watch JL fool everyone by drafting a QB, WR, TE in the first 3 rounds, then in Round 4, grab that speedy waterboy out of U Dub – you know, the kid who set the combine record for the 3-waterbottle shuffle? Then he can grab 2-3 OL/DL in the later rounds from midwest schools. Did I forget anything? Oh yeah, get an undrafted EDGE to round out the talent infusion. Got the draft all figured out. (sarcasm). LOL.

    Get us some studs, JL! That’s all we want.

    Go Bucs ! ! !

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    Mr Editor … ‘don’t be surprised if the Bucs draft a defensive tackle if a good one is available.’

    Wouldn’t be surprised at all. BPA in the Rnd 1 when we pick could very well be a monster DT assuming everyone else opts to draft a QB, WR, CB, Edge or OLine. You know that Todd Bowles will be screaming in Jason’s ear if that’s the case. Todd can manufacture a pass rush from about anywhere, but it’s much easier to do so if working with elite talent.

  5. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    A lot of draft capital and $ to lock up our players got thrown into Oline, Dline, QB, WR, DB. Linebacker position had a talent bleed this FA season. Plus, they lost a rock solid C with Jensen. That screwed up 22 and 23. First 4 picks are going to address IOL, OLB, ILB and CB. I read where Joe said “no last minute drive was ever lead by a Center”. Horsecrap. Never saw a QB who thrived without a rock solid IOL.

  6. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    But true, Randy Gregory won’t affect the draft. One year rental

  7. View from 132 Says:

    That is one mean looking dude. Career in Hollywood forthcoming post-career.

  8. Obvious Says:

    I believe a defensive tackle is DEFINITELY a possibility. You know, as long as……..

    However with a d tackle you can kill two birds with that pick,
    Get younger and use to edge rush the passer via for instance moving Kancey to the edge and turning him loose. Yancey has PLENTY of moves and more leverage than the average bear, used as an edge rusher. Plus Kancey seems to be able to bend fairly well. We can Definitely win the first round with “the right” D tackle as the pick.

    Two For One…