Buccaneers made the right decision despite misleading player

Lewis Cine, Draft option for the Buccaneers (Photo by Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
Lewis Cine, Draft option for the Buccaneers (Photo by Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images) /

It’s obvious from his comments that safety Lewis Cine was told one thing by the Buccaneers and something else happened. This is a good thing.

Thank goodness the Buccaneers drafting a safety talks are over. That was one of the worst draft-related discussions for the Bucs, especially because it insisted on the point that Mike Edwards and Keanu Neal aren’t good enough to play in 2022.

That argument was ludicrous. The idea that Edwards, one of the most efficient players in the league based on reps, wasn’t good enough to play to the point that the Bucs needed to use a first-round pick on a replacement was something that most viewers couldn’t buy.

The Bucs may have thought that they needed a safety, but they also thought that they needed to draft a couple of kickers, a punter, and a quarterback that isn’t even in contention to be the backup in year two within the past few years. Let’s not pretend that the front office doesn’t make mistake.

Regardless of fit and how bad the idea was to take a safety that would only disrupt the allocations of reps and talent on defense, it has now been reported by Lewis Cine that the Bucs told him they would draft him if he was available and then didn’t.

Now, Cine is understandably a bit confused.

It is weird that the Buccaneers would be so adamant on Cine’s talents that they openly tell him they are going to take him and then do the opposite, but this situation did work out for the Bucs.

The Vikings taking Cine after Tampa traded back saved the Buccaneers from themselves. The draft worked out in such a way that the Bucs couldn’t make a mistake with their first pick if they tried, and you can say that they were trying pretty hard.

Logan Hall is an excellent athlete with a path to actually contributing on this roster in year one with little depth behind him. Cine was good, but he wasn’t going to elevate the safety room in the same way with so many other guys able to play the role.

We might not like how the Bucs handled the situation, but we can at least be happy that they ended up making the right decision in the end by trading back.

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