Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Pewter Plank Podcast, Episode 32: Free Agency Recap, Discussing the Newest Bucs


Ken and Leo are back to discuss all of the changes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now that the initial rush of roster moves have been made during the 2014 free agency frenzy.

The guys consider the addition of Michael Johnson, and if he can be the elite pass rusher that Lovie Smith wants in his defense. Can Clinton McDonald give the Buccaneers their money’s worth as an interior disruption on passing downs?

They also consider Alterraun Verner, and while not comparing him to any previous Buccaneers (that comes in another podcast), the guys discuss the playmaking ability and contract of the Bucs’ newest defensive back.

(Note: This podcast was recorded before Evan Dietrich-Smith was signed.)

(Note: Discussion of Darrelle Revis and the impact of his departure will happen on the next podcast.)

All that and more on this episode of The Pewter Plank Podcast, which you can listen to below or download from iTunes, Stitcher or Podomatic.

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  • GTS

    After listening to this podcast, it’s obvious that Ken needs a hug. He rarely seems happy with anything the Bucs do. Every player signed so far in free agency makes this team better. McCown was named the starter because he will take the first snaps in OTA’s. Glennon with get his year on the bench that he should have gotten last year because he was not ready to start and was thrown in to a mess of an offense with poor coaching. If the Bucs take a QB early in the draft, Glennon will be trade bait for a low round pick. Myers was brought in to replace Stocker. Two pass catching TE’s is not a bad thing. McDonald played his role in that Seattle Defense to make it what is was, he will do the same in Tampa (and we will remember him).

    This team is much better off now than it was before Free Agency started.

  • skullphucker

    Yes, Ken needs a hug. All the Myers bashing… WTF? I mean, the guy is a relatively young, decent receiving TE that they’re only paying 2 million for. That’s value. That’s not a bad thing. Now they have 2 receiving TEs — so that tells us a little more about the offense Tedford plans to deploy. You want an all-around TE or a star receiving TE, you have to pay a higher price. This was value. I don’t see a problem. They obviously had something in mind regarding the design of the offense. Why don’t we wait and see before dropping a turd on top of it?

    As for Ken’s McCown-bashing… same general criticism. He is what he is. He’s penciled in as a starter because of his experience and greater knowledge of the game, as compared to Glennon. There wasn’t anyone better on the market, and the QB depth chart immediately got better. In a system with a QB guru like Trestman, he played very well. He has an opportunity with another QB guru in Tedford to be similarly productive. Even if he doesn’t pan out and perform like he did in Chicago last year, he’s *at worst* a slightly overpaid reliable backup player with some mentoring capabilities. Again, it’s a decent value signing. The upside is that we could get very good production for a very reasonable price. It does not preclude them drafting the future franchise QB, and it may give them some flexibility to deal Glennon for a draft pick if they’re so inclined. As far as I’m concerned, McCown is a no-risk signing.

    These were very sound, strategic signings, even if they’re not as sexy as some people like. The bulk of the rosters of even the best teams are composed of solid, sound, productive players, not rock-stars. Myers and McCown were definitely upgrades to the roster.

  • 65yt

    I agree with both gentlemen. And never thought of the possibility of trading Glennon for a pick. Good call. It cannot get much worse then last season. What a waste of the Sunday Ticket.