Bucsblitz.com presents “Ask the Experts,” an occasional feature in which Scout.com experts present their opinions on questions that impact the Buccaneers. Today, Bucs and Scout.com NFL experts debate whether the Buccaneers should take a chance on Plaxico Burress, Brandon Marshall, or a free agent WR, or stand pat entering training camp?
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While adding a standout wide receiver such as Plaxico Burress or Brandon Marshall could help make the Buccaneers one of the most dominant offensive teams in the NFL, the wise thing for Tampa Bay to do would be to stick with the players they currently have.
Many expect the Bucs to struggle this season, and if that is the case they will obviously be rewarded with a top pick in next year’s draft. Keep this in mind when people mention that all it will take to acquire Brandon Marshall is a first round pick. I don’t mind giving up a first rounder but not a top 10 pick.
As far as Plaxico Burress goes, there isn’t a player in the NFL currently who has a bigger warning sign flashing above his head than him. Also, it doesn’t help that his agent is none other then Drew Rosenhaus, who will most likely want millions for his client.
Did I mention that nobody knows what will happen with Burress’ legal problem or a potential suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell?
Remember at One Buc Place, there is a new head coach and a new general manager trying to find an identity for this team. Burress might not be the best fit for a locker room still looking for team leaders not named Ronde Barber.
Money is not the problem here. Marshall is set to receive just over $2 million in 2009, and the Bucs have plenty to spend. If Marshall was a free agent, it would be one thing, but there is no way the team should trade away a top pick while looking to rebuild.
This is a team that ranked 11th in the league last season for receiving yards, and is bringing all the key receivers back. Sure, there is a new quarterback under center, but there is also a new bulldozer of a running back and a new tight end who many consider to be one of the best in the league at his position.
With the addition of Kellen Winslow, the Bucs already added what they needed in an offensive weapon because everybody knows that a tight end is a quarterback’s best friend.
Expect to see Winslow play some receiver since the team is also bringing back tight end Jerramy Stevens. With leading receiver Antonio Bryant signing a one-year franchise tender and Michael Clayton re-signing, the team already has some weapons to play with. Bringing in a new one might hurt more then it could help
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