Stop the Press: Bucs Nab Sean Jones, Rumored To Be After Brandon Marshall Too

JC De La TorreAnalyst IIIMarch 17, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 26:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins avoids a sack by Sean Jones #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles during fourth quarter action at FedEx Field October 26, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Eagles won the game 27-17.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Just when you thought it was safe to focus on your March Madness bracket, Tim Tebow's Pro Day and look over your NFL draft guides, the Buccaneers make some headlines.

The Bucs signed former Eagles strong safety Sean Jones as an unrestricted free agent, making him the first starting caliber acquisition of the 2010 offseason.

Jones spent one season with the Eagles playing in 15 games (nine starts), notching 61 tackles (44 solo) and two interceptions. Before Philadelphia, he played for the Cleveland Browns, starting 44 games, 286 tackles (202 solo), 14 interceptions, two forced fumbles and 30 passes defensed.

Jones gives the Bucs a legitimate in-the-box player at strong safety and has adequate enough coverage skills not to be a liability there.

He's a significant upgrade over incumbent Sabby Piscitelli and should give the Bucs more flexibility on draft day to not have to worry about a need at safety.

Meanwhile, a draft website, draftheadquaters.com is reporting that the Buccaneers will send the No. 3 overall selection in next month's NFL draft for the Broncos No. 11 pick and embattled wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

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First, let's qualify that this website is run by a 20-year-old self described "draftnik". That doesn't mean he doesn't know what he's talking about but it's kind of hard to imagine he would scoop Adam Schefter, Jay Glazer, Chris Mortensen, John Clayton, and Jason LaCanfora—all who are mum on this trade possibility.

There's also some philosophical issues to deal with here. First, the Bucs just jettison Antonio Bryant because they were afraid of his me-first attitude hurting the development of quarterback Josh Freeman.

Yet, they'll bring in a problem child in Brandon Marshall? It doesn't make sense.

Second, Marshall wants a huge long-term deal, something the Bucs aren't exactly handing out left and right here.

Further, there's a darn good chance that either Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy will be available when their name is called on to the clock.

Could you imagine the revolt in Buccaneer Nation if Suh is there and the Broncos, not the Bucs are on the clock?

Still, on some levels the trade makes sense. Tampa Bay is in desperate need of a number one wide receiver and Marshall, despite his antics, is one of the best in the game. He's also only 26 so he fits in the Buccaneers "build young" demographic.

At 11, good football players like CJ Spiller, Brian Price, and Brandon Graham should all still be there for the taking.

While Jones was a terrific signing, I wouldn't hold my breath on a Marshall deal, Bucs fans.

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