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News! Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Considered Favorites for Dashon Goldson, and Interested in Multiple Cornerbacks


You wanted some offseason news, and it took until the late hours of the night before the start of free agency to get some. Adam Schefter tweeted the following, and sent Buccaneer fans on Twitter into hysteria.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have taken the advice that I offered (no, I know they didn’t read it) and are pursuing the best safety on the market, Dashon Goldson. But Schefter adds more, and points out that Tampa Bay is also “in on” Sean Smith, Brent Grimes, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. While I have already commented on how I feel about DRC, both Smith and Grimes would be excellent acquisitions, especially considering the more realistic price tag Sean Smith is seeking.

So what would this mean for the Buccaneers’ plans in free agency? Smith or Grimes and Goldson would require a somewhat sizable check to be cut by the Glazers, but as we’ve discussed, salary cap space is one thing the Buccaneers have plenty of. With over 40 million expected after the release of Eric Wright and Quincy Black, the signing of Goldson (who wants at least 8 million) and Smith (who wants around 7 million) cuts into the budget and reduces it by almost half. But it also fills two major holes in the roster, and leaves the team with over 20 million to spend on depth on defense, and the few pieces needed to complete the offense. Mark Dominik and his team can tweak the numbers to make sure the cap consequences are in the team’s favor, but this would be a bold move no matter how you slice it.

The Lions are Tampa Bay’s competition for Goldson, which is interesting, considering they don’t have a very large salary cap amount to deal with. Goldson’s ambition is to get paid this offseason, making Tampa Bay, along with Cincinnati and Cleveland, as extremely likely destinations based on money alone. Add in the Buccaneers’ need for a free safety of the future, and it seems obvious that the Buccaneers would be in contact. Of all the players Tampa Bay has been linked to this offseason, I feel the strongest about Goldson fitting in extremely well with the Bucs. He provides such a dynamic partner for Mark Barron, allowing flexibility in run and pass defense with two safeties who are capable of making a big hit and playing the run extremely well.

We’ve already discussed Sean Smith in the past, and while Brent Grimes name hasn’t come up much, it’s not because he wouldn’t be a solid choice. Grimes spent last year on the shelf with an injury, however, and would be a bit of a risk. If the price is right, it might be a great deal to make if someone else is able to snag Sean Smith. But I would much prefer Derek Cox as a corner to compliment Goldson, if Smith were unavailable.

It’s more likely and reasonable to predict the Buccaneers would sign one big ticket free agent, and spend more frugally on other targets, like Derek Cox. But if the front office decides to splash the cash and take a chance on signing two big name free agent defensive backs, it could reward the team handsomely in 2013. Feel free to fill the comment section with thoughts, opinions, and whatever else you’d like, Buccaneer fans. Just know we’re in for a wild ride over the next few days.

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  • Tony Brown

    This is great news! Any four of those guys would be great additions to our team. Although I’m not completely sure about Smith.

    • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

      I’m not either but his price tag has come down, and he’s the most durable of the bunch, which is a key with our defensive backs lately.

  • http://twitter.com/kenboehlke Ken Boehlke

    Christmas come early?

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.cox.10 David Cox

    I know he is a monster hitter and he also makes big plays but can he play single high safety? That is what we really need most.

    • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

      He’s certainly not the most elite single high safety in the NFL but he has improved there. Film shows some successes and some fails as a deep safety. More a natural fit for the position than Ronde or Barron.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Garrett-Phillips/100000515035878 Garrett Phillips

    Smith, Goldson and Cox would let Tampa go after an offensive play maker like Eifert at 13. Would love to see it.

    • http://twitter.com/UTEPMiners Leo

      For sure. Or an offensive tackle. Or a pass rusher. Either way, it’s all adding to the talent.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.hitson Ryan Hitson

      They need to sign the 3 mentioned above or at least 2 and somehow manage to sign Welker too and finish off the offense. As well as trying to draft a receiving TE this year.

  • Russell Kowal

    I say get Goldson, Cox, then trade Blount and our 3rd & a 4th to the Jets for Revis…that will allow us to go offense heavy in the draft, plus maybe a dl along the way, with this we could be a contender…

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.hitson Ryan Hitson

      That’s a whole lot of money on Revis. He wants to get paid like one of the highest paid players in the league. Not to say he isn’t worth it, but evaluating the surgery he underwent and thinking about the consequences if it doesn’t pan out, it would be better to just sign one of the above mentioned corners for probably half of what Revis would cost for probably the same results or better (given he doesn’t come back 100% the same player after surgery)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.hitson Ryan Hitson

    Need to get Goldson for sure, that’s a given with no doubts. Just make it happen. But in addition they also need to sign Cox and somehow get Welker, which shouldn’t be a problem just as long as the Glazers are completely committed to winning it all and are ready to pay even more than last year. And then if they can finish it off, only after those 3 are signed, they need to try and sign Sean Smith.

    • Superdookie

      I feel you on needing a slot Reciever, but we have $30M on the books before you se aside 8 or so for the draft picks. We need to focus on needs, not wants. I want Welker, but if we sign him I’ll shit a brick unless he learns to defend 15 passes a year…

  • Superdookie

    I know we need corners, but Golden is a must. If we can sign him it’s an instant upgrade over Barber. (I love him as much as you guys, but come on) not only that, he allows us to put Barron in his natural role as a Polamalu type SS who crashes the line, and pushes Barber to nickleback. That a triple win with one signing at an affordable positional price. I want Revis or Asamugha as bad as you guys, but this is one signing that upgrades 3 positions! I say get er done!