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Jets Bump OF TE Baker May Benefit Bucs

Posted Feb 20, 2009 by Roy Cummings

Updated Feb 20, 2009 at 08:03 PM

By Roy Cummings

INDIANAPOLIS – A player to watch once the free-agency signing period begins is former Jets tight end Chris Baker.

Baker, who was slated to make $9 million over the next three years, was released by the Jets on Friday and the Bucs are believed to be one of the teams most interested in giving him a new home.

Baker, 29, had a modest 21 catches in 2008 but he caught 72 balls for 709 yards and seven touchdowns in 2006 and 2007.

The Bucs have a hole right now at tight end, where Jerramy Stevens is once again a free agent.

The team has a solid blocking tight end in John Gilmore and an adequate pass catcher in Alex Smith.

Baker is judged by scouts to be just a shade better than Smith but he lacks the ability to get open down the seam that Stevens possesses.

Reader Comments

Por (Mitch R) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

This is retarded, we don’t need another TE.  Gilmore and Smith are perfectly adequate.  This all you got Roy? Starting rumors of a stinking TE?

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Por (Mike J) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

What is it with all you snotty, rude people, constantly attacking Cummings for posting stuff?? It’s not like you’re spending $80 a month for this site.And after all, it is the off-season; he can’t exactly state game analyses and insights.  I for one want to read about this type of thing this time of year; rumor & conjecture is pretty much all we have. So just SHUT UP!!!

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Por (Eric S) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

having seen Baker for a couple of years as a Jet I think it would be an ok signing. He has never been first or second look in recent years so his production is low. Now we can see if he is really all that.

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Por (Rob) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mitch R, NY ...I must say I agree with ya on this one. Are we suppose to pay this guy big $ for declining production. Or am I’m confused “Baker, 29, had a modest 21 catches in 2008 but he caught 72 balls for 709 yards and seven touchdowns in 2006 and 2007.” Did he hav Identical stats 2 years in a row? Reads like his total production was 72 catchs during 2 years. Either way I’ll suite up & catch 93 passes during 3 seasons if the Bucs will give me $9,000,000.00 wow thats $96,774.19 per catch. The only thing worse is how much we are paying Gaines per Tackle!!!

Or did he catch 72 balls in ‘7

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Por (Mark) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Can I ask why we’re talking about Chris Baker? I think we could get a decent pass catching TE in the draft..low in the draft. I saw Travis Beckum put up 28 reps on the bench today and his stock has been low.  This guy is a freakish athlete though and if he can add weight to go along with some blocking help he can be really good. Well…he’s added almost 25 pounds so that helps to start…..

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Por (BucFandango) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I have to ask, where do they get this crap? The new regime has made nothing but prudent decisions to this point. Why would they go and do something stupid like this? Have they just given up on Stevens. He has been the epitome of productivity, even if all the thumpers hate him. I truly expect to see Dominik do some good and creative things to help the team. Was this leftover information from Bruce Allen? Chucky, keep up the good work on Total Access & Raheem, you need to get a speaking coach. No, the Bucs will have Haynesworth signed 2 hrs after free agency begins. It’s Big Bucs(NPI) but they’re going to do it. Hopefully Rocky Bernard, Antonio Smith, or another will follow. Peppers is worth the money but not the Picks.

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Por (Buc Fan) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Make Clayton a TE?

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Por (Mitch R) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mike J, to answer your response, I do this cause Roy’s a retard who picks stuff out of the thin air and prints it with a total lack of regard for the truth.  Coming up with a story about a stinking TE who hasn’t done much over the past few years is absolutely retarded due to the fact that we already have 2 perfectly good TEs on the roster.  Roy even points out that Baker’s receiving skill is a shade better than Smith, so why even bother spending money to add yet another TE?  Absolutely, positively dumb.  Roy must think Gruden’s still in charge.

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Por (Jim Kinzer) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hey Buc Fan in Atlanta…..Tight ends still have to catch the football.  I just thought that you did not understand that.

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Por (David) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I have always thought that Alex Smith was underutilized under Gruden He was always asked to help block because of an average line. The line now is fine, so I hope Coach Jags gives him “time to shine”.

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Por (flajoe491) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

The Bucs need to resign Stevens and have a full out competiton for whos going to play . I like A Smith but he drops to many passes and needs to improve his blocking . Gilmore has done a decent job . The Bucs should take a Te in the draft ,there are some good ones available. I know he’ll be gone by the time the Bucs draft ,but I like the TE from OK State.

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Por (TDarwin315) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Personally i think the TE position is one of the strongest on the team… resign Stevens and our TE position is set… we dont need anymore TE’s unless its a legitimate superstar which there arent any out right now i dont believe

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Por (ref813) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Bucfandango, didn’t you get the memo?  The fans run the team now.  Everyone whined about the coach and he’s gone.  Everyone whined about Stevens so he has to go, too.  I guess Phillips has done something people didn’t like because he appears to be leaving, possibly to ATL.  Our RBs and WRs aren’t going to like that.  With Stevens, we have a complete, good group of TEs.  Without him, we lack the bigger and faster threat.

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Por (Alan Kapell) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I would like to see the Bucs draft a big, fast rookie.  Many to choose from in 2009 draft.  Not sure Bucs scouting dept can find one in the middle rnd of the draft.  M Colston / Saints was a 7th rnd pick.  Bucs cannot even get the early rnd picks right.  Tell me one more time how great G Adams is. Titans had two (2) rookie DL who started on the best defensive line in NFL.

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Por (Mustard) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

You guys have editor’s right?

Considering you are a division of a local newspaper… you would think somebody would be hired to spell check these things.

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Por (BucFandango) on February 21, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I watched a little Combine today between working on the vette, and it was not impressive. Stevens has to be resigned. He is every bit as critical as Bryant. Gilmore has been awesome too and will continue to carry the load, but don’t let Stevens get away. 1 guy, Cornelius Ingram is a Beast. You often can’t see it in pads, but this guy looks like the Freak, aka Jevon Kearse. Love them Gators. We absolutely have to draft Tim Tebow next year. I agree with Chucky that this is the GUY. The next Johnny Unitas. He is one big, smart, rough, tough, leader to take any team to the Promised Land. I love him. Gator’s will win back to back. Harvin should have stayed one more year. Have to say it. Bucs are going to Kick Buc next year.

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Por (tatmanfish) on February 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

tennessee started two rookie dls? vandenbosch, haynesworth, brown, and kearse are not rookies. that was the titans starting lineup. so we will tell you how good adams could be. especially with a guy like haynesworth in the mix. we will also remind you that adams lead all 2nd year DEs in sacks with a supporting cast that was non-existent at trimes. he was better than any end out of that draft. is there another end they should have taken? could he be better?-yes. hopefully the coaches push him over the edge. bates has done that for a lot of DEs. then again this comes from a guy who thinks the titans vetran line had two rookies starting. by the way-titans 2 rookie dl had a combined 3 starts. all were by jones.

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Por (Jim Kinzer) on February 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hi BucFandango…What year Vett do you have and is it stock or original?

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Por (BucFandango) on February 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

68’ roadster. Original. 327 / 350, 4 spd, PS, PB, AC. Triple Black.

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Por (Jim Kinzer) on February 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Thanks BucFadango….I have been an old and High performance car buff for many years.  I know a lot of people that would almost kill for your 68 Vette.  I have had several old Chevy’s.,Pontiacs and Cutlases in the last 30 years or so. I have had several T-Birds and several Mustangs.  I’m almost 70, all that I have now is a 91 Mustang GT Conv. with 93 Cobra trunk, spoiler, tail lights and rear bumper cover. the front is from the 93 Cobra.  The eng is still a HP 302 and it is red with a white top and all new wht upholstery.  At my age now, this may be the last one that I fool with.  I don’t know your age, but whatever you do, keep that Vette in a very secure place!  Thx, Jim K

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Por (cval) on February 22, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Something’s wrong with the Baker picture. Favre was always known for throwing to his TE. If Baker fell off under Favre’s term, then that indicates either his talent is sub-par or there’s a nagging injury. Be careful.

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Por (HFXBUC) on February 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

No to Baker and no to Stevens.  Where is all this ‘ability’ that Stevens is supposed to have.  For the ‘mismatches’ he creates and his other worldly ability he doesn’t seem to produce AND he is a first class dirt-bag. Let him go. Let Alex Smith be the #1 TE option and see what we have.

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Por (chuck king) on February 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Let’s talk about how this really works. If you weren’t in Grudens dog house you were given a chance to play and shine (unless you flat out screwed it up) you were given the chance to get better - ie Galloway.  Galloway got in grudens dog house and when he got better - he wasn’t even given the chance to play and everyone said - he Joey’s gotta go. The year before - joey was our guy - he caught everything that came his way. Why ? because he wasn’t up for a new contract and he wasn’t in Grudens dog house. You can either be made to look good or bad by the amount of playing time you recieve or the amount of time left on your contract.  Joey broke his foot. Did you every try to walk on that - let alone run.

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Por (chuck king) on February 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Stevens was given playing time,he had to be - we had to wait for him to clear suspension and Gruden had to justify why we waited for him. He is a middle of the road TE with alot of upside talent. But he isn’t worth selling the farm for. Remember - we had to wait for him - not the other way around. There are other TE who aren’t whinning - saying you need to pay me big $ to stay that are just as good if not better than Stevens.  Let him go - it won’t belong before he finds his bong again for another suspension again. I don’t know much about Baker - but there are numerous big strong TE’s that can catch the ball. Let Stevens go and make Clayton a TE after he bulks up,he likes to block more than catch anyway and can be resigned for a song.

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Por (TDarwin315) on February 24, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Ok i dont know what you guys have been watching but Stevens has clearly been our biggest TE weapon in the passing game.. hes been money and has made some big time catches so im not sure what you have against the guy but he’s definately worth some money… and as far as calling him a first class dirt bag?... wtf lol sounds like you have something personal against the guy

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