First-round pick has the wrong take on Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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) /

As much as football fans would love to think of their beloved sport as pure and only concerned with protecting the integrity of the game, too often they forget just what the league itself is at its core, a business. The main goal for a team like the Buccaneers is to win games and make money.

The owners know it, most fans know it, and players especially know it, well, except for the 1st round draft pick for the Minnesota Vikings.

Before the draft, Cine was widely-considered to be one of the top option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With the loss of former starting safety Jordan Whitehead and the need for the team to have at least three quality safeties, Cine seemed like a good option for the team to go after with their first pick.

However, the Bucs never had a first round pick this year. Instead, they wisely traded away their late first round pick in return for an extra pick later in the draft and a better second round position.

In an interview this week, Cine tried to call out the Bucs for misleading him into thinking he would be their 1st round pick, since apparently the team and him had discussions before the draft.

In the interview, Cine said, “They (the Bucs) move down to the first pick of the second round. I’m like, damn, they did me just so dirty.”

Cine’s castigation of the Buccaneers as some sort of backstabber is a clear example of a player who simply thinks a little too much of himself and doesn’t understand that the NFL is a business.

The reality is that Cine wasn’t a good enough player to warrant the Buccaneers ignoring trading for an extra pick. It’s really that simple.

This league is a business, and the rookie safety just got a baptism by fire that there are no sure things or promises when millions of dollars are on the line like they are in the NFL every day.

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