Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Nnamdi Asomugha and 5 Players the Bucs Should Go After
Even though the Buccaneers have been quiet to this point during the free agency period, Nnamdi Asomugha and these five players would be a great addition to the Tampa Bay roster.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had the financial ability to bring in big-time names ever since the lockout was lifted, though they have instead elected to focus in house and sign their own free agents and draft picks.
This is a good move by Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik—who most importantly has locked up offensive linemen Davin Joseph and Jeremy Trueblood to protect quarterback Josh Freeman for years to come.
Dominik also invested around $50 million in linebacker Quincy Black who the Bucs had to sign. Dominik was also the first general manager to sign their first-round pick, and for the Bucs, that meant the signing of defensive end Adrian Clayborne.
So Tampa Bay has been smart in taking care of their players within the organization, but now it's time to look at Nnamdi Asomugha and five players the Bucs should target in the coming days though free agency.
5. Derrick Mason
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No one is questioning the Bucs' talent at the receiver position, with youngsters Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn—but a veteran leader like Derrick Mason could go a long way.
Mason is 37 years old, but he could be a great third receiver for the Buccaneers. He caught over 60 balls last year that totaled over 800 yards, not bad production for a player that came into the league 15 years ago.
Mason is available and he wouldn't cost much money; I say it's a win-win for Tampa.
4. Todd Heap
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Sure the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted two tight ends in the 2011 NFL Draft, but we're talking Todd Heap here.
Heap is as tough as they come, and with Tampa Bays' use of the two-tight end set—Todd Heap would lineup nicely on the opposite side of Kellen Winslow Jr.
Heap amassed nearly 600 yards receiving in 2010, while grabbing five touchdown passes.
Todd Heap is on the older side at 31 years of age, but snagging proven veteran such as Heap for a couple of seasons could be instrumental to the development of rookie tight ends Luke Stocker and Daniel Hardy.
3. Stephen Tullock
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With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appearing to be on the brink of parting ways with Linebacker Barrett Rudd (who has led the team in tacking for four strait seasons), the 26-year-old Stephen Tulloch would be a great pickup for Tampa Bay.
Tulloch accounted for 160 tackles last season for the Titans and has emerged as one of the better inside linebackers in the NFL.
The Bucs need a new signal-caller on the defensive side of the ball with the likely departure of Barrett Ruud, and Stephen Trulloch could not only fill that roll—but he would be an upgrade.
2. Antonio Cromartie
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The Bucs' have question marks in the secondary even with Aqib Talib on the roster, so Antonio Cromartie could be a huge pickup for Tampa Bay.
Cromartie played alongside Darrelle Revis in New York last season, but Cromartie wants to get paid big money now; and as he put it "no home town discounts."
So for Tampa Bay fans, the situation of Nnamdi Asomugha possibly going to the Jets should be monitored closely, because if the Jets do bring in Nnamdi, Cromartie's days as a Jet are done.
Enter Tampa Bay.
Cromartie is a bit younger then Nnamdi Asomugha at 27 years of age, making him in some ways a better fit with Tampa Bays' youth movement. Antonio had 17 pass deflections last season to go a long with three interceptions and 42 tackles.
1. Nnamdi Asomugha
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I know, this is a long-shot to say the least—but if their is even a 5 percent chance Nnamdi ends up in Tampa, he deserves to be on this list.
Nnamdi Asomugha is arguably the best corner in the NFL, and is by far the most prized player of the 2011 NFL free agents.
It would go against how general manager Mark Dominik has gone about building this team—but the temptation has to be there.