Before you get all giddy about the Underwear Olympics this week up in Indy, also known at the NFL combine, or next month's free agency free-for-all, shouldn't we take a look at the free agents to be that the Bucs currently have on their roster?
Who should stay, who should go? That is the question we put in front of you today.
Let's get right to it:
Jeremy Zuttah: This one's as close to a no-brainer as it gets. He's an underrated guy, plays two different offensive line positions and is a Rutgers guy. He wants to stay and the Bucs want to keep him and therein lies the ingredients for a deal as outlined in Negotiations 101.
Josh Johnson: There was a lot of talk last year that someone out there thinks J.J. is a potential starter in the NFL. Don't see it. There was talk of a reunion with former college coach Jim Harbaugh, who had the 49ers in the stratosphere. Don't see that. The team will no doubt let him test the market. Backup quarterbacks are a dime a dozen. Anyone have Jimmy Clausen's cell number?
Connor Barth: No brainer. Was perhaps the most reliable player on the roster last year.
Earnest Graham: Good guy running back but we're talking about a guy coming off Achilles surgery as well as getting long in the tooth. Can't see anyone offering him more than veteran minimum. Maybe he stays, maybe he goes. Bet is he goes.
Ronde Barber: Speaking of grizzled veterans. . . Mum's the word with Ronde. We don't know if he comes back and we don't know if Schiano wants him back. I can't see the team wanting him back at $4 million. They can get a much younger guy in free agency, draft Morris Claiborne and demote Aqib Talib. It wouldn't be a stretch to see Barber signing for a year with a team like New England.
Geno Hayes: Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.
Sean Jones: See "Geno Hayes."
Elbert Mack: He always seems to have a good camp. They'll probably re-sign him and cut E.J. Biggers.
There you have it.
Look for Zuttah to be the first guy re-signed.
As for the rest, all the Bucs need to do is avoid another "Quincy Black" deal.
Wasn't that a beauty?
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