Saturday, September 4, 2010
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cutdown analysis
By Pat Yasinskas
Click here for a full list of Tampa Bay’s roster moves.
Biggest surprise: The Buccaneers kept seven wide receivers, one or two more than the norm around the league. The two guys that many thought were on the bubble -- simply because of numbers -- that made the team are Preston Parker and Micheal Spurlock. Parker’s an undrafted rookie out of North Alabama and Spurlock’s a converted college quarterback. Both have return skills.
No-brainer: Cutting wide receiver Michael Clayton was costly because the Buccaneers still have to pay him $3 million in money that was guaranteed to him when he signed what now looks like a foolish contract last season. But, seriously, it would have taken a rash of injuries at receiver for Clayton to have had a real shot at a roster spot. After drafting Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn and trading for Reggie Brown to go with Sammie Stroughter, the Bucs had four young receivers they liked. They kept Clayton through camp just in case there were injuries or one of the young receivers wasn’t as good as advertised. Williams has been better than expected and Benn, Brown and Stroughter are what the Bucs thought they were. Clayton still could have been kept around as insurance. But when you’ve got a young team and are trying to build good chemistry, it doesn’t make much sense to keep around a veteran who once was a No. 1 receiver to be the No. 5 guy.
What’s next: Tampa Bay’s roster is far from set in stone. General manager Mark Dominik showed last year that he always is looking to upgrade the talent on his roster and the Bucs have room for improvement. In particular, the Bucs could be looking to add depth to a thin offensive line and for a defensive end with some pass-rush skills.