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While Free Agency Slows, Bucs Remain Busy

Posted Mar 9, 2009 by Roy Cummings

Updated Mar 9, 2009 at 11:26 AM

By ROY CUMMINGS
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TAMPA – Has somebody put the brakes on free-agency? It sure seems like it.

Aside from the T.O. signing very little happened over the weekend. And with the exception of someone signing Roy Williams, not much figures to happen this week either. Except maybe here in Tampa.

The Bucs are expected to stay busy, and well they should with needs at cornerback, linebacker and quarterback still to fill.

For those who may have forgotten, the Bucs are expected to visit today with Broncos free agent corner Karl Paymah and tomorrow with Bills free agent linebacker Angelo Crowell.

The Crowell visit is the most intriguing, because Crowell may be the best linebacker in free agency. He missed all of last season because of a knee injury but if he’s healthy he could push for starter’s time at either the weakside or strongside spots.

Paymah has a number of visits scheduled but he’s played for new Bucs defensive coordinator Jim Bates before so the familiarity between the two may allow them to become a match again.

If not, there’s a chance the Bucs will look into signing - or should we say re-signing - former Gators corner Keiwan Ratliff. Ratliff was with the Bucs briefly in 2007. He spent the 2008 season with the Colts, starting four games. He could be just what they’re looking for in a third cornerback.

Reader Comments

Por (Jim) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Torry Holt?, anyone?

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Por (philentrek) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

yeah he could easily be the best outside linebacker in free agency if he stays healthy. his surgery was from a nagging knee injury that he played through in 2007, and finally decided to get the surgery done in 2008. in 2007 he was the bills defensive captain, so if he could stay healthy, he would be a force next to barret ruud. i like paymah too, hes a strong CB who was a special teams force, and when he got his shot, he did pretty good. i think hed be a great nickelback for our defense, and would push ronde to keep his job. raheem is great at developing these guys, how is it that were always a top team against the pass with our lack of pass rush these past couple years, thats sayin something…

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Por (philentrek) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

except for 2006, but thats when morris had his 1 year stint with k state. coincidence….. or maybe not?

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Por (Tyler Ellrodt) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I don’t know why we didn’t try to sign Bryant McFadden but oh well.  Like philentrek said, Raheem is good at coaching DB’s, but is our new DB coach good at it?  I’m sure Raheem would help out being the Head Coach and all but I just would have liked to get a proven guy in here to push for a starting spot.  I think Leigh Bodden is still out there but I’m not sure.  I love Jim’s idea of Torry Holt.  He would be a good no. 2 and a great no. 3 reciever.

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Por (ref813) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I’m still a bit angry that they allowed McFadden to get away.  I’m not sold on Barber starting another year, especially in a new D.  Some idiot over on the Times site bet me $50 that Mack would start along with Talib.  Mack is a bit too small to handle man coverage with many of the WRs in the league.  He looked decent as a nickel back, but it’s hard to imagine him starting.  I’d feel better if we managed to grab one of the good DTs.  Tank is the only one left and he’s not great.  I really hoped they would take care of WR or DT, at least.  I’ve read that we’re taking a long look at Freeman, so we may have two glaring holes to fill after the 1st and we have no 2nd rounder.

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Por (cval) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I’m sure we’re missing a lot of signings due to lack of cash for signing bonuses. All we have is the ability to provide larger annual salaries. This is due to cash flow problem Dominick referred to in a recent piece. Possibly Dorell Scott may be available in 3rd rd at DT, but I doubt it. I’m still perplexed that we signed Stevens with having Smith and KW2 on the roster. Giving up the 2d rd pick hurts after wasting one last year. I hope he is worth it.

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Por (derek goud) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Go out and pick up or draft a legitimate staring QB and get another legitimate WR. We will never contend with only one good WR and no QB in this leauge. We depend on our defence to bail us out every game as our offence cannot put up points. This is not going to happen this year with younger inexperienced D. Look at arizona: A decent QB, average D, three WR threats is a force to be wreckoned with. Instead coach Morris will do what we have always done in the past and go and pick up a basement dwelling backup QB who he thinks can solve the problem and tampa’s offense will be a disaster for another season. If we had a decnet offence the last three years with the D “WE HAD” we could have contended.

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Por (gordo) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

WAKE UP AND GO OUT AND GET A QB AND ANOTHER WR WHO CAN ACTUALLY CATCH THE BALL. WE CAN’T DEPEND ON BRYANT TO BE OUR ENTIRE OFFENCE. NO WONDER WHY HE WAS UPSET TO GET TAGGED. I WOULD BE TO WITH A TERRIBLE QB THROWING TO ME AND NO OTHER WR’S TO TAKE SOME COVERAGE OFF ME.

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Por (JDS) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

@ cval

if you follow the vast majority of free agent signings this year you will see that teams are not paying much if any signing bonuses at all.

the is throughout the NFL not limited to Tampa.

all of this cash flow specualtion along with Glazier hating & accusations of money funneling to ManU is all total fiction. NFL teams are transparent to the league office, if money was moving there would be serious penalties or worse.

we aren’t doing anything any different from any other NFL team with the exception of over paying for free agents.

the Glaziers run a business like a business and are heraled by the league as exceptional owners.

they are totally hands-off letting the GM & Coach do what ever they please as long as it works.

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Por (ref813) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

It looks like some have gone back to taking away any chance McCown has before he takes the field.  Again, he played well for us in ‘07.  He had a rating in the lower 90’s.  Our line is better and I hope his decision-making has improved.  If you took out a few dumb errors, there wasn’t much to criticize.  He deserves a chance to show he can be even better.  That’s not to say they shouldn’t bring in Leftwich or whoever to compete.  I don’t think this is the year to draft a QB.  Some think we’re really going to get Freeman.  With our needs and no 2nd rounder, I can’t agree with that.

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Por (Big Al G) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Roy, you are the worst journalist I’ve ever read. ‘And with the exception of someone signing Roy Williams..’ did you mean T.O.? If you did, it doesn’t surpise me cause you always make mistakes. Don’t you proof read?

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Por (JDS) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

yo, big al, you need to read it again:

Quote: “Aside from the T.O. signing very little happened over the weekend.” [already happened]

Quote: “And with the exception of someone signing Roy Williams, not much figures to happen this week either.” [prediction that Roy Williams will be signed this week]

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Por (tatmanfish) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

with needs at corner, linebacker, and qb? what about the dline or reciever? it looks like the bucs expect mack to play nickel. i see the bucs going dline or maybe wr in the first. there is not a lot of talent at dt this year so the bucs should try and get one in the first. there will be plenty of talent at other positions in the middle rounds.

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Por (bucfaninphx) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

i agree we need to draft a speed wr…but GORDO, Bryant will not be doing it alone…did you forget Winslow? He’s a dynamic playmaker (lets just hope he keeps his head together,hey Bryant did it last year)Ward? having a explosive back who can run AND catch will ease the pressure as well.I am a bit concerned about McCown though…I hope he proves me wrong…Go Bucs!!!

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Por (cybuc) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I see all this talk about needs at positions we’re pretty well set at - - and NONE about our most serious need - - defensive down linemen! If we don’t get some MASSIVE help (with nicknames like loaded barge or trainload) all our other efforts are for naught

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Por (Donald Ellis) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

You are right Jim.  Holt would be a great find as a #2 or 1B with Bryand AND Winslow.  Throw in Harvin and that corp will be similar to a Steelers offensive group.  An the two headed RB of Graham and Ward, both excellant receivers and we’ll trash some defenses.
Use rounds 3 and later on defense mostly.

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Por (ref813) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

The only thing I can figure is that Moore got it together to some extent and Bates likes Sims.  Otherwise, that will probably be our 1st rounder.  They ignored almost all of the DTs and that is just about our most serious need, unless the guys on the roster can get it done.  I don’t think they would’ve bothered with Haynesworth if that were the case, though.  Maybe, they can drop down to the bottom of the 1st for a 2nd or 3rd and grab Jerry near the end of the 1st.  It would be nice to take best available.  If Moreno falls to us, what will they do?  We don’t have much need there, but it would be hard to pass him up.  I don’t think anyone likes this type of scenario-too much need at 2 or 3 positions to take best available.

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Por (Todd) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

They might even be thinking of going with what we have on our D-linemen right now just because there really isn’t any great talent available in FA or Draft this season at #19 and past. And the odds of us going to the superbowl this season are 0 and none. So why get a contract signed if there isn’t anyone available besides Tank. Then we would be stuck with them. I say we get our D-linemen that we need by next season. Next FA and draft season will be a whole lot better prospects for us espeacilly when we have 1 of the top 5 picks.
  That being said I see us picking or WR in the 1st round this season.

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Por (Angel) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

i say we go afer byron leftwich give that guy a chance he’s still young i know he’s slow but so is griese and he passed 60+ times in a game without a sack so the o-line is not a bunch of slouches thier up and coming plus that guy has a cannon for an arm

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Por (Angel) on March 09, 2009 (Suggest removal)

i also like the tory holt idea but how bout CHAD JOHNSON he doesn’t ruin your team by getting him he just has a problem being on a team that sucks i would to they try to get cast aways from other teams to fill voids like cedrick benson WOW chads still a beast plus he’s younger than holt but holt does have leadership really i couldn’t argue with either one they both would seal wide out up as a problem for a couple years

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Por (gregory smith) on March 10, 2009 (Suggest removal)

First of all,I hope coach morris,actually reads these comments.I’d love to try to sell myself,for a chance to coach under his regime.I see the potential for what is rare in the nfl right now and thats a potential DYNASTY!We lost the final 4 games,because of a lack of a running game.The signing of clayton was major.With ward,and graham,and the potential return of caddy,we can change the speed of the game,when we need to,as well as take needed pressure off our defense,as well injuries,which a lot of the time has been caused by stamina,late in the game,from being on the feild too long.

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Por (Jim Kinzer) on March 10, 2009 (Suggest removal)

To JDS on the Bluffs…..You must be in La La Land if you think that the Glazers keep hands off and let the GM and Coach run the team!  Where have you been for the last 10 years?  You must be talking about the “Clearwater Bombers” or something!

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