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Buccaneers now have a huge hole at wide receiver


The Buccaneers made it clear in recent months they were growing weary of the Mike Williams Show, which occassionally played out on the football field.

And their statement on today’s trade makes that clearer than it ordinarily would have been.

We thank Mike for his contributions to the Buccaneers over the last four seasons. At this time we felt this was best for both sides and we wish Mike well going forward,” Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said in a statement from the team.

The Bucs announced that the pick obtained was a sixth-rounder in this year’s draft, pending Williams’ physical with the Bills.

The team also noted that Williams’ departure makes at least the 11th starting job which will change by the time new coach Lovie Smith takes the field.

While they’re deeper at receiver than some teams in their division (OK, one), they desperately need to find someone to pair with Vincent Jackson.

That kind of help isn’t coming from the 185th pick in the draft, and there’s not a lot left in the market to work with, meaning receiver just became a huge priority for the Bucs, perhaps with the seventh overall pick.

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23 Responses to “Buccaneers now have a huge hole at wide receiver”
  1. olcap says: Apr 4, 2014 12:18 PM

    Aren’t the Dolphins still trying to trade Wallace?

  2. pwcis says: Apr 4, 2014 12:18 PM

    Earl Bennett to reunite with Lovie?

  3. gofor2with3pointlead says: Apr 4, 2014 12:22 PM

    Mike Evans comes off the board @ 7

  4. grimreaper12 says: Apr 4, 2014 12:22 PM

    Also have a hole at QB if Mccown actually starts. Lightning in a bottle doesn’t strike twice!

  5. ravenswhat says: Apr 4, 2014 12:26 PM

    Sammy is gone by then. Which means Mike Evans is jumping for joy today. If al Davis was in this spot he would select cooks.

  6. tamparob says: Apr 4, 2014 12:30 PM

    Bucs have been doing this for several years. Get you excited with high priced free agents then cut cut cut to get back their money so it appears to the average fan their spending money when in reality they’ve cut money right behind the free agent signings. Getting sick of it.

  7. squinn21 says: Apr 4, 2014 12:31 PM

    Vincent Jackson and probably Mike Evans….huge hole?

  8. tamparob says: Apr 4, 2014 12:31 PM

    Trade to get additional second rounder then select Kelvin Benjamin.

  9. andfitch82 says: Apr 4, 2014 12:32 PM

    “The Bucs announced that the pick obtained was a sixth-rounder in this year’s draft, pending Williams’ physical with the Bills.”

    I suspect this trade will fall through – how is a player supposed to complete a physical that involves running if they were recently stabbed in the leg?

    I recall when Joshua Cribbs failed his physical for the infamous gash in his foot from playing catch without cleats on.

  10. starchybunker says: Apr 4, 2014 12:36 PM

    Earl Bennett, come on down…

  11. thegregwitul says: Apr 4, 2014 12:37 PM

    It’s a deep draft for receivers, plus Mike Williams was a mid round pick (due to his off field history but still) so it’s not impossible to add a productive starter in the middle rounds of the draft. I still wouldn’t be shocked if the Bucs go QB in the first and double up on wideouts later in the draft while signing a free agent receiver or two for depth. Mike Evans isn’t a bad option either if they want to go wideout in the first round, he has the potential to be a stud receiver in the NFL and is worthy of top 10 consideration.

  12. pftfan says: Apr 4, 2014 12:43 PM

    If I’m the Bucs, it becomes even more important to trade up to the top 3 for Sammy Watkins. Mike Evans will likely be there at 7, however Watkins is the full package.

  13. ncphinsfan says: Apr 4, 2014 12:57 PM

    It was a flesh wound, he is probably fully recovered a few weeks ago. The bottom line is another underachiever WR. The Bills love to take chances, my bet is the 6th Rounder is going to be more valuable in the end.

  14. Indybear says: Apr 4, 2014 1:03 PM

    Earl Bennett is a nice thought and a good guy, but not what you need as a wideout. Better in the slot, if he can get open, with above average hands (although he didn’t show it last year).

  15. jaekelley says: Apr 4, 2014 1:10 PM

    Tampa can negotiate with another team wanting to move up and trade down later in the first round to select the best receiver available. ( Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, Marqise Lee, Jarvis Landry ect…)

  16. chicagosports2014 says: Apr 4, 2014 1:12 PM

    Told yall he wasn’t gonna make it, with Lovie

  17. jmc8888 says: Apr 4, 2014 1:15 PM

    Tons of WR’s in this draft. TONS.

    Plenty of speed receivers.
    Plenty of size receivers.
    Plenty of slot receivers.

    Whatever you want, this draft has got it.

    The quality isn’t just at the top. In a couple of years we’ll be fantasy drafting a lot of 2nd, 3rd, 4th round receivers from this draft, if not even lower rounds.

  18. buddysguys says: Apr 4, 2014 1:15 PM

    win win for both teams

  19. chunkderrrty says: Apr 4, 2014 1:20 PM

    Can he still pass a physical with a stab wound?

  20. metalhead65 says: Apr 4, 2014 1:25 PM

    since they have need of receivers in a Lovie Smith offense he won’t be missed. just put in the kick returner in his slot since all he has to do is catch a screen pass on 3rd down. and since he has no use for good young qb’s he should trade Glennon to the bears where he turn into a valuable backup and future pro bowler playing under a coach who knows offense is part of the game and a coach who made Josh McCown a rich man after being a bust for years and out of the league.

  21. billsmafiaordie says: Apr 4, 2014 1:57 PM

    The updated NFL power rankings after thos trade:

    1.) Buffalo Bills
    2.) Seattle Seahawks
    3.) New England Patriots


  22. evilglazers666 says: Apr 4, 2014 2:23 PM

    The Glazers are so cheap. They sign everyone to a mega deal and then cut them. Pretty much everyone on the roster that was getting paid except for like 3-4 people are gone. Everyone left is garbage and making less than 500,000 per.

  23. evansvc says: Apr 5, 2014 5:17 PM

    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope some team gives this quarterback a try-out, even if it’s for third string…
    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help….

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