Dec 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem (17) catches a touchdown past Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Should Bucs Be Interested in Champ Bailey, Robert Meachem?

The division-rival New Orleans Saints have finalized their 53-man roster, and it doesn’t include a couple of surprising figures.

Former all-pro cornerback Champ Bailey finds himself unemployed as the Saints didn’t think that the he had much left in the tank. He’s joined on the unemployment line by veteran wideout Robert Meachem, who possesses game-breaking speed.The Buccaneers have been on the wrong end of that speed on multiple occasions. But what if the Bucs were on the right end of a Meachem touchdown for once?

I believe it would be wise to bring both Champ Bailey and Robert Meachem into this Tampa Bay locker room.

Here me out.

I know that Champ Bailey is more than likely in the final year of his career. He’s not the same player he was in his prime, but that does not mean that he can’t provide solid depth at corner at a possible league minimum salary. He’s a good character guy that would bring so much wisdom and leadership to the locker room.

With Meachem, my motives are much more selfish. I’m not sure exactly why the Saints decided to dump the former Tennessee Volunteer, but if I’m the Buccaneers, I’m using that to my advantage. I not only want to see his speed on full throttle in the slot of this new Bucs offense, but I want all of the Saints’ secrets. What offensive schemes are best against Rob Ryan’s defense in practice? What are Drew Brees’ weaknesses? I want to know.

Bringing in a division-rival’s leftovers also provides those players with some extra motivation to show that team what they are missing twice a year. And I would love nothing more than for the Bucs to get two veteran players at a low cost, and stick it to New Orleans.

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