Bad drafts one reasons Bucs haven't spent cash
Washington Redskins fans, beware.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Joel Glazer says one of the reason his team has not spent money, specifically on its own players, is the organization has not drafted any players worth rewarding.
That’s where the Bucs ex-general manager Bruce Allen comes into play. He was the man presiding over some truly wretched drafts in Tampa that have the current regime – in over its head or not – with a questionable roster.
Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times does a nice job of laying out the information. The only player remaining from the 2004 draft is wide receiver Michael Clayton, a first-round pick whose career has been headed downhill for some time. The Bucs picked running back Cadillac Williams and linebacker Barrett Ruud in 2005. They had 11 other picks that year and didn’t get even a current backup out of the bunch. Nine of those players, Stroud writes, are out of the league. Guard Davin Joseph and tackle Jeremy Trueblood are the only starters from 2006. The Allen draft got one backup that year and seven players from that class are out of the league. The Bucs had 10 picks in 2007, including the late Gaines Adams. They count three starters form the class – Tanard Jackson, Quincy Black and Sabby Piscitelli. We’re not talking about high impact players.
“We endured a lot of criticism many years ago in that journey to get there (to the Super Bowl),’’ Glazer said. “That’s fine. We’ll do what’s best. A lot of people can’t handle criticism. A lot of people react to the press. We’re used to it and sometimes that’s leadership, to be able to take it on, fight through it and lead.’’
This doesn’t absolve the Glazers from keeping their hands in their pockets to guard their wallets. The cash committed by the Bucs over the last five years is dead last in the league. They’re not spending money, period. They replaced Allen and former coach Jon Gruden with two inexperienced men in Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris. Those guys are under pressure to deliver right now and you have to remember that they didn’t have a lot to work with when they took over.
Allen, in the meantime, is helping chart a course for the Redskins in Washington.
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