Tuesday, Aug. 28
It will be a busy weekend
I've been kicking this around for a couple of days. I'm beginning to believe that the Bucs will be a busy team over the weekend — and not just because of roster cuts.
Tampa Bay's management always says it combs the waiver wire every day. I think they'll be doing so with a more critical eye this weekend, as I can't imagine they're satisfied with their team yet.
There are way too many question marks right now, even as they enter the final preseason game. The Bucs need depth at linebacker. There's been no movement on Jeremiah Trotter or Al Singleton yet. Even though it appears Mark Jones has won the kick and punt return job, I wouldn't put it past the Bucs to bring in another vet, if a viable one is released.
Right end Patrick Chukwurah's injury concerns me. All Jon Gruden said yesterday was that it was a knee injury and that Chukwurah was "week to week to week." It seems the more cryptic this organization gets about injuries, the more serious they become.
Or have you forgotten the Bucs described fullback Mike Alstott's season-ending injury as "soreness" before they revealed it was a neck injury.
The Bucs could go hunting for depth at offensive line, or even at cornerback, where none of the players competing for the No. 4 or No. 5 spots have stepped up.
Keep in mind that the Bucs are $15 million under the salary cap. They have money to spend. They can take on a big salary in a trade and not worry about it long-term.
General Manager Bruce Allen told us in June that this training camp and preseason could be especially busy in terms of player movement. So far, that hasn't been the case.
But I think that changes this weekend. I'll go out on the limb. I think you'll see the Bucs make two or three moves this weekend that have nothing to do with their own roster cuts, and perhaps one could be of the blockbuster variety.
Oh, and by the way — Simeon Rice is still available. Hey, stranger things have happened.
Bucs stories on the web
Read more about Patrick Chukwurah's injury by clicking here. Also, check out our chat wrap from Sunday night. I talked about the Bucs with three different users. They had plenty to say about the running game.
Over at the Tampa Tribune, columnist Martin Fennelly writes about offensive lineman Davin Joseph, who has expectations as big as his hands. I mentioned to users earlier this year that I think Joseph can be a Pro Bowl pick this year. I think he's that good. Also, Anwar Richardson breaks down the preseason so far for rookie Gaines Adams, who stands to benefit the most from Chukwurah's unknown status.
Over at the St. Petersburg times, Ryan Nece is beginning to finally settle in at middle linebacker after a big learning curve. Also, Rick Stroud writes that for many Bucs this week, avoiding being cut is the main objective.
And, at the Lakeland Ledger, Mike Cobb writes that four quarterbacks may be a possibility for these Bucs.
There's more coming today. The Bucs still have two players to cut by 4 p.m. to get within the roster limit set by the NFL.