Not that it’s particularly news-worthy that a group of men are going on a dinner-date, but according to Davin Joseph on twitter, the Bucs and Joseph, as well as teammate and fellow free agent Jeremy Trueblood, are headed to dinner this evening. This resonates with Mark Dominik’s comments yesterday that the Buccaneers plan to wine and dine their own free agents as if they were attempting to woo another team’s free agents. Tonight may be a step in that direction.
Earlier today it had been reported that Davin Joseph was yet to even receive an offer from the Buccaneers brass. I’m sure his frustration grew as several rookies and Quincy Black received contracts today, but despite mentioning his agent had spoken with other teams earlier today, it now appears the Bucs have begun to make their pitch to Joseph.
What I find truly interesting is the Bucs seem to be entertaining Joseph’s publicly stated desire for Jeremy Trueblood to return. Unlike Joseph, Trueblood doesn’t necessarily project as a starter and could be replaced if the Bucs found a younger, more economic player to take his spot. But Joseph, who has developed a great camaraderie playing beside Trueblood, wants to see his linemate return and the Bucs seem willing to allow that if it means getting the big man from Oklahoma to sign along the dotted line. It’s doubtful an agreement is reached tonight, but it’s possible. We’ll keep you posted. But if you were wondering what the Bucs are working on right now, it’s a steak dinner and a pitch to Davin Joseph at a restaurant somewhere in Tampa.