Tampa Bay Buccaneers Add QB Dan Orlovsky, but Where's the Linebacker?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IMarch 15, 2012

Dan Orlovsky is a solid backup QB.
Dan Orlovsky is a solid backup QB.Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

After presenting their fans with a buffet of talent-laiden players on Wednesday—mainly Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks and Eric Wright—the Tampa Bay Buccaneers threw in a mere morsel on Thursday when they added Dan Orlovsky to the fold.

Orlovsky is the former Indianapolis Colts backup who will most likely replace dart-and-dash Josh Johnson, who saw very limited action during his time in Tampa and never really showed any signs of being able to win an actual NFL game.

But now there is the $46 million question—are the Buccaneers through with free agency?

The second question—where's the linebacker they desperately need?

First thing's first. The Bucs are done, for the moment, but now they're waiting to let the market cool off a bit.

You will notice that none of the "name" linebackers have signed, and signs are that they are all asking too much.

Stephen Tulloch from Detroit, Curtis Lofton from Atlanta, David Hawthorne from Seattle, Dan Connor from Carolina—none of them have signed.

What does that tell you?

Seems the linebackers have their own little "Peyton Manning" gig going. Seems they—or their agents—think they are worth more than they actually are.

None of these aforementioned tacklers reaches the scale of a Vincent Jackson or a Carl Nicks, or maybe even an Eric Wright.

The Buccaneers still have a comfortable cap margin to deal with.

Add up Nicks, Jackson and Wright, throw in Orlovsky's $1.2 million this year and subtract the just-released Jeff Faine's nearly $6 million, and the Bucs have spent right at $26.2 for 2012, which still leaves them a comfortable $20 million to work with, plenty to add a decent linebacker and perhaps a running back.

As of today, no team in the NFL has accomplished what the Bucs have accomplished since the free-agency period began on Tuesday afternoon.

It's time for the market to settle down a bit, time for the linebackers to realize that they're not who they think they are. None of them can carry Ray Lewis' lunchbox.

In the meantime, sit back, relax and light up a victory cigar.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are winners in free agency.

Doesn't that sound nice?