One of the most important members of our own unrestricted free agent class, Jermaine Phillips was resigned by the Buccaneers on Thursday. This was an important item on my offseason wish list for the Bucs, actually the number 3 item on the list. Flip is an important member of our secondary, and since I’m in the minority in believing that Sabby Piscatelli, while possessing some great playmaking skills, just is not ready to be our starting SS.
I actually happen to think that Sabby might see some time at SLB as long as Flip is healthy and on the field. When he is healthy and on the field, his skills might even be better suited for a traditional 4-3 defense, the one that we will run this season under Jim Bates than a Cover 2. He will not have to be stuck out in space, underutilizing the best aspect of his game, his hitting. I think he will creep up in the box much more this season, and be able to use his superior tackling ability to the teams advantage.
Regardless of the changes in our defense, he is and will continue to be an important member our locker room and team.