Carlton Davis Appears Stoked To Be With Lions

May 26th, 2024

Grew bored with Bucs?

Strange words from former Bucs corner Carlton Davis.

Joe still feels a bit uncomfortable about the starting cornerback position opposite Jamel Dean. Davis was a good corner and Joe isn’t sold Zyon McCollum is a comparable replacement.

That doesn’t mean McCollum can’t be or won’t be. Just that Joe doesn’t think he’s there yet, a bit too inconsistent. And believe Joe, if Dean is on the field, McCollum will be tested.

So Joe isn’t sure if Davis was just playing to the crowd or not in Detroit, where the Bucs traded him this spring. But Davis, as documented by Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, said he is more excited to play for the Lions than he has been since Tom Brady’s first year in Tampa.

“I think it’s a great group,” Davis said. “Really excited about the personnel, the coaches, the environment. Haven’t been this excited since 2020, when we went and won the Super Bowl.

“There’s so much talent on this team. A really competitive environment. And so far it’s been really good.”

Davis wasn’t excited about 2021 when Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht brought back the entire 2020 Super Bowl champions’ starting 22+1?

Wasn’t as excited last year about playing the Lions and avenging a previous loss to Detroit for the chance to go to the NFC title game?

Davis is a bright guy. He always gave Joe thoughtful answers. So Joe isn’t sure if Davis was just hyping up his team or if Davis had simply grown weary or bored with the Bucs?

56 Responses to “Carlton Davis Appears Stoked To Be With Lions”

  1. #99 the big fella Says:

    Carlton looked like he was bored and uninterested.. He got paid and his play slipped. He will probably do ok with the lions. He will be extra motivated

  2. Beeej Says:

    Well for sure he knows he’s on a team with a better pass rush, which in turn makes HIM look better

  3. Capt.Tim Says:

    “ Boy, Detroit sucks. Wish Tampa hadnt traded me. I shoulda tried harder, and stayed on the Field more!”

    Yeah, let me know when any player EVER says ANYTHING but the maditory
    “ excited to be here yada yada, great group yada yada, optimistic about this year yada.”

    The team has P R”handlers” that tell these guys what to say and how to answer every Question.
    Remember Tom Brady saying how he “fantasied” about going to a press release and giving honest answers?

    They say what they are coached and told to say. Priod.

    If you are searching for the Truth, you wont ever get it from Player Pressers.
    Try a philosophy class.
    Or the News, lol,

  4. ChiBuc Says:

    He’s just what the lions needed… and a great rep for Motown with that grill. I can see it now, the Carlton Davis edition Escalade with a diamond encrusted and gold plated grill

  5. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Capt Tim..


  6. Jeff Says:

    Dude always looks high AF. Played like it, too.

  7. FrontFour Says:

    A little of both. Reflect back on a SB winning season as your comparison, just smart. No need to mention 2021. And Detroit IS more talented. Davis will be playing with a chip on his shoulder. Betting he’ll have a great season. As for McCallum, Detroit already torched the guy in the playoffs. Not sure he scares any WR’s out there.

  8. JimBobBuc Says:

    Giving the media what they want to hear – great team and Super Bowl in the same presser.

  9. Pickgrin Says:

    “Haven’t been this excited since 2020”

    Yes Carlton – we noticed from your play on the field the last couple years…. .

    After you got paid of course….

  10. Dave Pear Says:

    “The coaches.”

    This is key. Dan Campbell >>> Todd.

    Guarantee he will have Davis playing press man defense, primarily. Play to his strength. Unlike Todd who loves him some cover 3 zone bust. 3rd and 5? No problem. Just line your CBs up 10 yards off the LOS, to confuse the opposing QB.

    Davis feels like he went to heaven.

  11. lambchop Says:

    The Lions have a lot of corners now. Crowded room. If he gets hurt or slacks, I don’t know how excited he’s going to be.

  12. Rick Says:

    good for 11 games max

  13. Kgh4life Says:

    CDIII was not worth the money. He was often injured and when he was on the field he wasn’t getting turnovers, a bad combination.

  14. Bobby M. Says:

    His strength was press coverage….Im sure he’s motivated knowing he’ll be utilized to his strengths. He took a lot of criticism due to Bowles playing zone coverage out of fear of Neal blowing his assignments.

  15. BucsFan Says:

    Davis should be ecstatic going to a team that is loaded with talent and attitude. Lions are 13-1 in Vegas to win the Superbowl and Bucs are 70-1 , which team would most players rather suit up for?

  16. Fred McNeil Says:

    Davis was a fine corner when used properly…and ambulatory. I wish him well. Except week two. Hope he didn’t leave his crutches in Tampa. He will need them.

  17. KiDxCuRRy Says:

    A new situation with a really good team. And a die hard fan base. Why wouldn’t he be stoked??

  18. James in Memphis Says:

    I can’t wait until Mike Evans runs a sail route on on this mfr.

  19. gotbbucs Says:

    Joe, the forever jilted lover.

    Is Jameis Winston doing ok in Cleveland? How does Donovan Smith’s couch feel about him sitting on it for eternity now?

  20. Buddha Says:

    I wish him the best except against the Buccaneers. He was an above average corner whose play had slipped and had trouble staying healthy. Likely was a good trade for both sides.

  21. BucsFanSince1996 Says:

    @Joe says: “That doesn’t mean McCollum can’t be or won’t be. Just that Joe doesn’t think he’s there yet. A bit too inconsistent for Joe. And believe Joe, if Dean is on the field, McCollum will be tested.”

    Davis played an instrumental role in shutting down Mahomes & the Chiefs helping the Bucs to win a Super Bowl, but by the end of 2024 no Bucs fans will miss him. McCollum has a high football IQ and is an elite athlete.

    For sure he’ll be tested by QBs early on in the season but unlike Dean, he’ll show that he can catch the ball.

  22. Larrd Says:

    Change is exciting for most folks.

  23. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Dave Pear Says:
    May 26th, 2024 at 8:47 am
    “The coaches.”

    This is key. Dan Campbell >>> Todd.

    Guarantee he will have Davis playing press man defense, primarily. Play to his strength. Unlike Todd who loves him some cover 3 zone bust. 3rd and 5? No problem. Just line your CBs up 10 yards off the LOS, to confuse the opposing QB.
    Dave Pear: Trivia question for you…How many points per game did the Bucs allow last year?
    A) 40 ppg
    B) 30 ppg
    C) 20 ppg
    D) Less than 20 ppg

    Bonus question: Who allowed more ppg last year, the Bucs or the Lions?

  24. Bojim Says:

    Why not be happy? The lions are good.

  25. NutterBuccer Says:

    As stated above. Davis will Excell with Detroit especially if they use him in man press which he thrives in. However a guy with his experience should never get smoked for 3 tds to include the game winner vs a rookie qb and rookie wrs (texans) no matter what type of defense the coach calls.

  26. Bigbucfan90 Says:

    I just think people look to much into it. Thanks for the great years in Tampa regardless if you like to think it or not he was a good corner with us, he just couldn’t stay healthy.

  27. SlyPirate Says:

    Can’t keep everyone. I appreciated CDIII. Solid locker room leader. Solid CB. Should have played more man. Bygones.

  28. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Dave Pear: I know you know the answer, because you know everything. My question is, since the Lions have such superior coaching, how could they possibly give up more points per game, with their scheme being so great and Bowles and the Bucs being so horribly bad?

  29. StormyInFl Says:

    What’s he supposed to say? Of course he’s stoked. It’s a loaded team. Only drawback is having to go from Tampa to Detoilet.

  30. Lokog Says:

    Detroit is one of those teams that will never win a superbowl in all their history

  31. Buc1987 Says:

    Joe in Michigan Says:

    “Dave Pear: I know you know the answer, because you know everything.”


  32. catcard202 Says:

    Joe, no need to read a negative slight into a statement that was not a shot across the Bucs bow.

    Davis is just saying he’s hyped for the new opportunity in front of him. It’s 100% natural to get re-energized by new surroundings & real chance to be a part of a dominate team. (Comparing his DET excitement to the energy boost the Bucs locker room felt after Brady entered the picture)

    Fact is, DET is on the cusp of something great. Something special… Campbell is a hell of a coach & has his teams ear/trust. The DET FO has assembled a real contender with competitive depth at all positions…Davis could be a key chess piece and part of the missing link for DET to ascend to new highs. (as the DET secondary was the Lions weakness in 2023/24)… I see them as the 1a/1b prohibitive betting favorites to be NFC Champs in 2024/25 season.

    (IMO, SF is still the team to beat in the NFC…But DET has all the tools in their bag to get past the fightin’ Shanahan’s & win it all!)

  33. ChiBuc Says:

    “since the Lions have such superior coaching, how could they possibly give up more points per game…?”

    A: their secondary was terrible. Problem solved

    Disclaimer: The answering of this question by does NOT indicate any affiliation, agreement, or solidarity with Dave Pear. I just couldn’t resist that meatball of a question.

  34. SOEbuc Says:

    As stoked as Bucs money and pick from the Lions for Davis

  35. ChiBuc Says:

    “Solved” is a bit strong. “Addressed” seems more appropriate considering they traded for Davis and picked CBs in rds 1 and 2

  36. Buc4evr Says:

    We will see how long he can play w/o injury. Just wasn’t worth it for the Bucs to have a starter who isn’t available most of the time. As far as the Lions winning the SB, don’t hold your breath, not happening.

  37. We Make Custom Teez Says:

    He had grown tired of not having a pass rush and playing soft zone most of the time when his strength is up in your face, man-to-man coverage.

  38. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Was Davis perfect not even close but the dude has shut down some of the top WR to play the game. No easy task. Most of the time he didn’t have a pass rush to help him. A lot know that his strength is man to man and not being used in the right way can be troublesome but at the same time learn to adapt be better in zone. I was not expecting him to get traded. Honestly I wanted him to be here with the addition of whitehead and then for them to get some pass rush help and LB help and watch this defense turn to elite. Seriously we were probably 1 legit edge rusher and saftey away from our defense going to elite. With Davis gone that did open a new hole up. Like joe I’m not totally sold on zyon but he could be the guy and hall coming in via FA might also be the guy. Next man up mentality. Let’s go bucs

  39. Buccos Says:

    Davis may be the stickiest corner in the nfl in press man coverage. If we hadn’t allowed Whitehead to escape in free agency our defense could have been elite last year. I will never understand how Licht allowed this to happen. That blunder was on the same level or worse than the Aguayo draft pick

  40. ATLBuc Says:

    Joe says:
    Davis wasn’t excited about 2021 when Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht brought back the entire 2020 Super Bowl champions’ starting 22+1?


    Davis did not say he wasn’t excited about those other years. He just MORE excited about his current opportunity to win a super bowl. as he should be.

  41. Capt.Tim Says:

    Ive been to Detroit a few times.
    If I had to move there, after living in Tampa,
    Id be throwing up at every presser.

    Its a s-hole.

  42. TerryM Says:

    The Biggest thing Detroit has that Tampax dosen’t is your MaMa and I’m sorry girls but Carlton is GONE now.
    Lets just wait and see what transpires. As for Tampa we have to give it to you it is a nice city but DON’T ever call Detroit a S-hole, it’s a revived community and we are PROUD of our city and ALL our brothers and sisters. So not only have we welcomed Carlton as one of the Pride but we in Detroit also enjoy YOUR MaMa…

  43. stpetebucfan Says:

    I agree that McCollum has something to prove in his coverage skills to match Davis.

    But McCollum is a far more enthusiastic and hard hitting CB than Davis has ever been. But of course Davis did have to protect his fragile body so can’t really blame him.

    Meanwhile…Whitehead, Winfield, and McCollum will keep WR’s heads on swivels and maybe really live up to their old nickname “The gravediggers”.

  44. ATLBuc Says:


    Do y’all have water yet, or are do you still have long water hoses running from the great lakes?

  45. Let ‘em bake Says:

    The Texas meltdown… defeat snatched from the arms of a great baker comeback victory. I can still see Carlton’s dumbfounded gaze at the end of the game…

  46. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    What ??? Baker fanboi Joe in Michigan down trodding another fanboi Dave Pear?? Wow things have changed on!

  47. Dave Pear Says:

    Idiot in Michigan.

    Your posts prove your ignorance. Lions beat the Bucs twice. Lions were 30 minutes and two 4th down drops by Reynolds from going to the SB. Todd was lucky to make the playoffs, thanks to Antoine bailing his azz out, and mismanaged so many games an abacus is necessary to find the answer.

    Yards given up and points given up are generally strongly correlated. Todd’s pass defense was third worst last year and trending downward. The low points given up is an anomaly. Eventually a reversion to the mean will happen — Winfield will miss a couple of those goal line peanut punches, and the law of averages will once again align.

    Yer gonna need a bib to catch the drool.

  48. garro Says:


    Gotta cut the guy some slack. If I were in his shoes I might say the same thing. New team and team mates. New City. Trying to fit in with a playoff team that beat his old team twice last year? I get it. It ain’t like he said Baker sucks and the Bucs will finish last in the division.

    Who have I heard that from?

    Go Bucs!

  49. Hodad Says:

    We’re better off with the 3rd round pick we got for him. The Lions drafted corners, thought they made a misstake trading for him.

  50. FortMyersDave Says:

    I am with Let’em Bake about Carlton Davis and his contribution to the meltdown in Houston. Dude was exposed in that game. I suspect it was the turning point where the Bucs front office decided that they could cut Davis loose and not really miss him as they feel Zion M could probably be an acceptable replacement. BTW, I think Hodad is spot on as well. Basically we traded Davis and a 6th rounder for the wideout from Washington with the Lions 3rd round pick.

  51. Rodney Says:

    What do you expect him to say? He wants out of Detroit, trade me back to Tampa . He was a really good corner for us, wish him the best

  52. Oneilbuc Says:

    Rob . I was just about to type the same thing bro lol 🤣 what do anyone expect him to say ? I hate the bucs traded me to this sorry team some of yall believe everything these media people say . Lol 😂😂 It he was your son or even you would you still be mad because you got traded and you still making millions on another team ? If you are in your right mind of course you would say the same thing he’s saying or even more. Come on man!!

  53. Oneilbuc Says:

    This fan base hates every player that leaves the team they hope they fail and play bad even when they’re not playing the bucs. And this is the same people who calls everyone a hater if you are subjective to a player on this team especially Baker Mayfield lol 🤣🤣. But watch when Baker Mayfield leave they will hate him as well and hope he fails. Now Baker Mayfield fan boys are going to blame the bucs and bash the team just like Brady fan boys did as soon as he left.

  54. ChiBuc Says:

    ^^being “subjective” never seems to be an issue on this site. Now, “objectivity”

  55. ChiBuc Says:

    That’s a different animal

  56. Bob Buc Says:

    He alternated between being Carlton Davis the 3rd and Carlton Davis the turd. Had zero response when I heard he was gone.