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RB Jones On Buc Radar

Posted Mar 2, 2009 by Roy Cummings

Updated Mar 2, 2009 at 11:22 AM

By ROY CUMMINGS

TAMPA – The Bucs are one of about a half dozen teams to express an interest in talking to and possibly signing Bears free agent running back Kevin Jones.

Jones, 26, was a four-year starter for the Detroit Lions before joining the Bears in 2008. He played sparingly in Chicago last year, running 34 times for 102 yards, but still lists returning to the Windy City as his top priority.

The Bucs are in the market for a player to complement projected starting running back Earnest Graham. Though neither the Bucs nor the agent will confirm it, they have apparently arranged a visit with Giants free agent Derrick Ward.

Jones has not set up any visits yet, but the Jets, Bengals, Browns and Bills are all expressing interest.

In another development, the Tennessee Titans are the first team to emerge with an interest in Bucs free agent defensive tackle Jovan Haye. Haye is exepcted to visit the Titans later this week.

Reader Comments

Por (ATLBUCFAN) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Someone else is interested in Jovan Haye. Haye can expect a big payday from the Sucs. Lets overpay him as well and continue to lowball real options. But hey the clowns in the front office are trying.(Tried)managements new slogan. L.A. looks to be the winners in this mess.

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Por (kenny spindola) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

i bet alot people wish gruden and allen didn’t fired

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Por (Borap) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

ooooh lots of people “on the radar”...just nobody actually lands. Who can blame them with this CHEAP TEAM!

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Por (G. Michael Reynolds) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Wow “fans” on here are jackasses. Can’t wait to see you guys back on the bandwagon.

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Por (Erik) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Listen. Get Kevin Jones. He’s a hard worker, adds depth and is fun to watch. The pride of Chester(Jameer Nelson of Orlando Magic also) would fit in great! There are only 2 Bucs fans here in Chester the heart of Iggles(Eagles) land. E.G. + K.J.=Bucs smash and dash! If your reading this K.J. sign with the BUCS! Biz and I will move to Tampa! Go Bucs.

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Por (greg) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Bucs front office is clueless. This team will suffer from it’s decisions for years to come. Five years to Clayton was stupid. I guess now they will pay Buchanon 30 million to stay. If this keeps up I will start cheering for the Lions.

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Por (Ben Forlaw) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Look, it’s still wayyy too early to be talking doom and gloom at this point long-term. We haven’t even had the draft yet.  The fact is that the free-agent class out there is not very good this year.  I think the draft will have an abundance of players in positions we need.  I’m not happy that it seems like the free agents that ARE good seem to be ignoring the Bucs, but we have a lot of unproven leadership in charge here now, and a lot of vets want to go somewhere where they know they will have a chance at an SB.  Bottom line is to be great, we need to start winning playoff games and then we will start attracting big names in free agency.

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Por (ref813) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

For those who keep saying, “be patient,” I’d like to know who is going to replenish the supply of D lineman.  Just about everyone left plays in a 3-4.  All of the better ones are gone.  Unless we’re going to get Jerry in the 1st, we don’t have a lot of options left.  Haye may be heading to TN, which is fine, assuming we can find someone.  I feel like the Bucs and the Broncos are both moving too slowly.  Had the Broncos made that Cutler-Cassel offer earlier, we might have one of the better QBs in the league.  It’s good that they’re making some effort, but it seems to be too little to late when it comes to some positions.

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Por (ref813) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

RB is one position that could most definitely be filled later in the draft.  I guess they might as well get Jones or Ward so we can gamble with later picks to fill some needs.  WR and DT must get taken care of.  Given the lack of a good DT, there goes our 1st pick.  Let’s get Washington or another WR now before we go into the draft needing more players than we have picks.  When you are losing almost half of your starters and you have more money than any other team, you pretty much have to utilize FA.  They haven’t even begun to do so, yet.

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Por (Todd) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Give me a break..That sounds about right lets pursue a 34 time runner a year..lol What a joke !!!
  I heard the Giants refused a proposal from Derrick Ward so expect him becoming a BUC Tuesday.

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Por (Mitch R) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

You people have the patience of a child. Unless we pickup pro bowl players and superstars noone is happy.  Sure, it would have been nice to sign Haynesworth and trade for Cutler, but let’s face facts, everyone wanted Haynesworth and he signed within hours of free agency opening, so there was little to do on that front.  Truth of the matter is, the free agency class is weak and there’s not alot of studs out there.  Getting Winslow was a very good move for a 2nd round pick.  Keeping Bryant was essential.  Resigning Clayton, although not popular was also a good move.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a championship football team.

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Por (bucfan4life) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

seems like every player out there is on the bucs list to sign, but according to rotoworld.com….the bucs have no chance to sign anyone if they keep low balling everyone….t.j. would sign here if they actually offered a real contract offer, as well as vilma, haynsworth and others…..there is also the chance the bucs can get cutler with a a good enough offer like say brian griese and our 1st round pick w/cash consideration.. i do not think the glazers would do that considering all the money is tranfering over to manchester united, witch by the way is against nfl rules

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Por (Todd) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Pro bowler’s and Superstars are the ones who make a good push to the big dance. Maybe thats the problem we have had none on offense.

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Por (Mitch R) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

From what I see, there are no Impact FA players on offense and just a handful of impact defensive players.  Personally, I don’t know how the Redskins are able to afford the money they paid to Haynesworth, but with a salary cap, it’s a HUGE risk to invest that type of money into 1 player.  If he goes down or doesn’t play up to expectatations, they are screwed.  I’m not that disappointed about losing Haynesworth to the Skins, but I would have loved Vilma replacing Brooks.

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Por (Mitch R) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

BucFan4Life, Please enlighten me as to why you think that Brian Griese plus a 1st round pick would be enticing for the Broncos?  Brian Griese stinks.  And I love how everyone throws Man U in there as a knock against the Glazers, like it’s even this slightest bit relevant to this free agency class.  It’s funny how everyone thinks that throwing a boat load of money at people is reason enough for them to sign.  Perhaps Haynesworth thought the Redskins had a better chance of winning than us.  Maybe Vilma really likes the Saints.  These guys are going to get paid regardless, so you have no idea why they did or didn’t sign with us.

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Por (Todd) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

L Coles would be a good pick up..he is also a florida native..ex Seminole good player. Winslow even lines up being a WR sometimes. And we still have Alex Smith and I think Gilmore as TE’s. Who knows Dexter Jackson might have a break out season..lol

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Por (ref813) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mitch, how can we be patient when we only have 58 players and 7 draft picks.  That puts us at 65.  We need 80 for training camp.  I didn’t want Haynesworth.  I wanted Bernard.  He’s gone along with most every decent D lineman out there.  It wouldn’t be so hard to be patient, if other teams weren’t grabbing the few quality players out there.  There are still 2 good CBs and a few good WRs and RBs, but that’s about it.  T.J. is the only big name guy I want unless you consider Ward a big name.  I would prefer that that 15 player gap not be filled exclusively with undrafted rookies.

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Por (Noah) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Kevin Jones can never stay healthy. Derrick Ward would be a much better pickup.

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Por (Lou C) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mitch R, NYC—-good thinking, I have been saying the middle FA is the best bet. can sign more for less money then tier one players. It takes more than one great player to make a team a winner. Take the time to get the right players and don’t mortgage the future like in the years before the superbowl.

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Por (Doug Cronk) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I have stuck by MY BUCS for 30yrs. without even visiting Tampa. K.J.or Ward WILL help E.G.. Mcfadden,Bush,Coles,Berry,Holliday would be good fits..PLEASE DON’T sign Taylor(can’t after letting D.B. go). Yes I wish Bucs would be more aggressive this week BUT I am sure they have something up their sleeves. Is Cutler still possible?..Help a die- hard Bucs fan in Chiefs country out. Get players signed A.S.A.P..GO BUCS!!!

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Por (Todd) on March 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Doug Cronk,
Yes it is possible we could get Cutler. He is totally pist at their organization. Is it going to happen ?? I hope so. I say we will get Ward tomorrow.

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