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Depth Available In WR Free-Agent Pool

Posted Feb 28, 2008 by Roy Cummings

Updated Feb 28, 2008 at 11:27 PM

TAMPA - The free-agency signing period hasn’t even begun yet and already it appears the Bucs are out of the running for three of the top wide receivers in the class.

Randy Moss is expected to re-sign with the Patriots, Andre Davis has already re-signed with the Houston Texans and Bernard Berrian is expected to either re-sign with the Bears or sign with Tennessee, Minnesota or San Francisco.

Don’t fret, though, Bucs fans. The talent at receiver in this year’s market is moderately deep. It’s not great but it could be pretty good if a couple of players start playing up to their abilities.

We’re talking namely about guys such as D.J. Hackett, Bryant Johnson and Ernest Wilford. And truth be known, those are the guys the Bucs are probably most interested in anyway.

We’re hearing the Bucs have a great interest in Hackett and the previous association between Coach Jon Gruden, General Manager Bruce Allen and wideout Jerry Porter makes Porter, a former Raider, a logical target.

The Bucs are looking for speed at this position so Marty Booker is a possible target. So is Donte’ Stallworth. The Bucs had interest in him once before. Maybe this is the year they reel him in.

Reader Comments

Por (MItch R) on February 29, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Spend Wisely, that’s all I have to say.  Last year’s free agent class was superb and if we take the same approach, we will be in great shape heading into the draft.  I’d love to see the Bucs go out and get a top Running Back or Wide Receiver, but just don’t go out and spend millions on anyone.

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Por (Elard Andrews) on February 29, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I would love to see Donte Stallworth into the Bucs I didn’t know why they should’ve picked up him before. Him and Joey Galloway would be a good tag team or Jerry Porter into the mix with Galloway. Either or it will be an excellent pick up. Everyone should know that Randy Moss is going to be back in the Patriots and as rumor heard that he wants to retire as a Patriot? I don’t know Free Agency is just a half hour away so who knows what can we pick up! Who ever we pick we welcome into the bucs uniform!

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Por (Michael Harris) on February 29, 2008 (Suggest removal)

<b>all of the guys listed above suck, except Moss…</b>

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Por (wags) on February 29, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Look truth be known each and everyone of these is a good football player but none of these guys are more then a third wideout in this league on any team. If you are wanting a star you will have to trade for one and if you do that make sure that he fits your system as Jon as great of a play schemer he maybe he appears not willing to adjust his schemes to the talent of the team but more to demand the player strive to the system.

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Por (Jason Davis) on February 29, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Well take Jerry Porter off anyone’s wish list, he has signed 6 year/ 30 million dollar contract. The Jags now have Porter and Williamson, I wonder what the Bucs are going to do for a reciever?

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Por (wags) on February 29, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Bryant Johnson is the best young guy I see out there along with Walker but Javon doesn`t really fit our system ..... and if you want the best route runner to teach Clayton and Stovall as he did Holt I would go grap Bruce for 3.5 over 2 years before the 49ers do. Larry Fitz would be interesting but very expensive and I would rather grab a Justin Smith and Lance Briggs with those dollars again Love DB but you are old my friend and at this stage Briggs is better

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Por (Joseph A. Perez) on March 01, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Briggs isn’t as much better than Brooks as you think, my friend.  Briggs had a career-best 176 tackles this season and Brooks declined to 162.  Fans are so used to how good he WAS, they miss how good he still IS!

That being said, I say, go get Briggs and let the coach work out on the practice field how best to use them.  Signing Briggs doesn’t mean you have to cut Brooks.

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Por (Larry) on March 01, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Im a buc’s fan and i am getting worried about us not going after a reciver actually 2 recivers you can never be deep enough at that spot along with DB why havent we mad a big time move all the good guys are leaving along with the DE,DT position come on Tampa lets make some moves the guys theve have sign are average so far lets go get some athlets . Does anyone know what Tampa’s plans are??

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