What ever happened to “the grass isn’t greener?”
Mark Domink had that to say about his free agent tactics just two years ago, when he spent the offseason re-signing Davin Joseph, Jeremy Trueblood, Quincy Black and Adam Hayward, and only bringing in punter Michael Koenen. He was implying that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would continue to grow their own talent, rather than looking outward and bringing in high priced free agents. This is a sentiment he has repeated a few times since then, and other than the mini-spending spree (to fill major needs) in 2012, there has not been a huge effort to bring in players from other teams.
This offseason, it seems like there’s no effort to keep players in town, either.
E.J. Biggers signed with the Washington Redskins this afternoon, meaning the Buccaneers have one less piece of depth at the cornerback position. Biggers was undoubtedly the most consistent member of the defensive backfield in 2012, and showed improvement as he continues to grow as a player. In fact, it was not long ago that I supported bringing him back, and wrote an article about how I might be the only Buccaneer fan who liked Biggers.
It turns out there are other fans of the corner out there, but the majority of Bucs folks are glad that Biggers is gone. But in a year where there will likely be a ton of upheaval on defense, it would be nice to keep around a player who knows the team, knows the system, and has shown year on year improvement. It’s clear that the cash-strapped Redskins with former Buccaneer head coach Raheem Morris on staff valued Biggers more than Mark Dominik did. And they may have gotten a steal as a result.
A lot depends on the contract details, which I will be on the lookout for. But for now, I think the Buccaneers might have made their first real mistake of the offseason. Because with Biggers in Washington, the hole in the defensive backfield got bigger.