Bucs G.M. says he didn’t tell Jameis to delete crab-leg photo

AP

Jameis Winston’s crab-leg picture has been alternately described as an amusing way to poke fun at himself for last year’s shoplifting arrest and as a sign that he needs to grow up. But what it’s not is a concern to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said on PFT Live that he didn’t tell Winston to remove the picture from his Instagram account.

“Lovie, myself, ownership, we didn’t,” Licht said. “None of us asked for him to take it off. Maybe he was advised by someone on his end, but no, we didn’t ask for him to take it down. There’s one thing that the nation and the people here in Tampa have learned over the last period of time is Jameis likes crab legs, for sure.”

Licht acknowledged that Winston may have some growing up to do, but that’s par for the course with NFL rookies.

“He’s got to grow up, he knows that, and just like all of our draft picks, who enter the workforce, the NFL, it’s time to get serious,” Licht said.

Although Licht acknowledged that there were teams calling the Bucs to inquire about trading for the first overall pick, Licht said they never came close to doing that.

“We were pretty locked in but we didn’t want to completely close the door,” Licht said. “If something completely blew us away we would at least talk about it, but we were pretty locked and loaded.”

The Bucs are confident that they’ve got their man in Winston, even if he does have more growing up to do.

68 responses to “Bucs G.M. says he didn’t tell Jameis to delete crab-leg photo

  1. Funny, the previous PFT article said the Bucs told him to remove it.

    Journalism.

  2. … and the Jameis-Bucs dance has begun. I feel for their front office and offensive coaching staff. I really do.

  3. Sure, the Bucs didn’t tell him to take down the photo, just like Chip Kelly didn’t try to trade up to take Marcus Mariota. Teams never lie to the media and the fans.

  4. Talking about crablegs, we saw alot of crab moves by GM’s last night.
    I saw alot of bad picks last night , Which makes you think they are a reason why most of these teams are picking high anyway.

    For starters if i’m picking in the FIRST round , As a GM i would look around my scouts and ask them to show me the playmakers thats left , The ones that could either get me a TOUCHDOWN in the final minutes of a game , Or on defense who can get me off the field or better a TURNOVER.

    Which means you have no business drafting any O-LINEMAN in the 1st round ,Since they are plenty to get in the LATER rounds, or you can even go to the CFL in Canada where they are miles ahead of any of these kids in seasoning anyway.

    Plus lets face it you can render any decent O-lineman obsolete if you bring a heavy blitz on his side anyways.( always thought picking O-lineman early that was a GM way of playing it safe with his job, Since he doesn’t want to ever be question if he went in another area and the pick didn’t work out and off the team).

    Plus if there isn’t any clear cut franchise guy as QB , no way i’m wasting a top pick in hopes he turns out to be that franchise guy.I can do all that experimenting in the later rounds.

  5. seattlerogueburner says:
    May 1, 2015 2:55 PM
    I’ve never seen this much media coverage over crab legs. It’s pretty ridiculous.

    ~~~~~

    Dude … we’re talking crab legs here … !

    Ever had them … ?

    Mmmm … ❤

  6. What bothers me more is the ever increasing misuse of the word “myself” by seemingly intelligent people like Licht. I’m sure it will pass soon.

  7. “Lovie, myself, ownership, we didn’t,” Licht said. “None of us asked for him to take it off. Maybe he was advised by someone on his end, but no, we didn’t ask for him to take it down.”

    Licht said neither Lovie, himself or ownership asked him to take it down. He didn’t say NO ONE in the organization asked him to take it down.

  8. easy guys, it’s just a picture of crab legs on draft night. it’s not like he’s facing a lawsuit for sexual assault by a former classmate who’s from the tampa bay area or anything. oh wait…my bad. i’m guessing he’ll sign his contract and then at the direction of his new boss cut a check to make that go away too.

  9. Why is this news? It was funny, while also being a little immature of Jameis to do. But still, why is this considered newsworthy? It was a picture that was posted and later deleted, who cares at this point now? He’s only 21. Relax.

    Anyway, I’m fully expecting at least 3 more PFT articles on this by the end of the weekend.

    #Crabgate

  10. Winston reminds me a lot more like Shaq than he does a jamarcus russell type. Seems like he likes to have fun but cares about the team and the game enough to do the right thing.

  11. So, I guess this year’s crab legs are last year’s inflatable swan.

    This is what some people call “sports reporting,” I suppose…

  12. That photo was absolutely hilarious. For those of you criticizing saying stupid things about maturity, it was just a joke and a great one at that. Winston’s stock rose in my book after seeing that picture and if you don’t like it, you are probably just a miserable person.

  13. Someone donated a king crab to be bid on for charity and Winston posted the pick to thank the person who did it.

    It wasn’t even intended to relate to the crab leg incident. Know the facts, people.

  14. Some where out there Charles Barkley is calling this kid a “knuckle head”. Dude just doesn’t get it, even if it isn’t that big of a deal…but only if he wins football games. If not, good luck hearing the end of it.

  15. Could you imagine if he had stolen “Depends” or “Spaghetti O’s” or “Pop Tarts” the awesomely cool photos he could post showing his maturity? I give him 3 years tops.

  16. Buc’s should’ve traded the pick and then after the draft go sign Jamarcus Russell as a FA……….why waste the #1 pick on Jamarcus Russell II ? With moves like this, it’s easy to see why some teams are always drafting in the top 5.

  17. If the Bucs weren’t already laughable, they most certainly are now… Much of the nation is laughing at this organizations stupidity at drafting a guy who doesn’t try to hide his immaturity ( or lack of brains)!

  18. It’s ok for you to hope someone can turn things around for the better. You don’t have to continue to wish for their demise after one or more questionable acts. I just thought some of you needed to know that.

  19. First job out of school I had someone moved their chair it made a fart noise, I laughed , everyone stared at me shocked.

  20. Ha ha, when we talk about “baggage” this is what we are talking about. One day in and already having to address questions about their “franchise” QB.

  21. Deep down in those places you don’t like to talk about at parties, when you’re driving home at night or lying in bed, does it ever bother you that you operate a web site where 60-75% of the posts turn out to be wrong?

    C’mon, you can tell us. We’re all friends here.

  22. Uh huh. Maybe it was Lovie Smith who told him to remove it.

    If somebody from the Bucs did tell him to remove it, you have to wonder if they’re starting to second guess their pick. Within 24 hours, and already the nonsense starts. Manziel wasn’t this bad.

    Something tells me that the QBs selected today may end up having better careers than Winston or Mariota.

  23. Ya, his executive assistant did it. Lies and cover ups, you would think they are grooming themselves for a career in the Obama Administration if things don’t work out in TB.

  24. MMQB-ing on Friday, but it looks like the female owners / board members on the Bucs decided last month to put out a politically correct CYA paper trail last month, voicing as she did, her opinion on Winston. But let’s face it. Lovie Smith was taking this guy, regardless the charges.

    let’s hope, for our own sakes, that Winston can get out of his own path to success. Otherwise, we’ll have to put up with another clown show courtesy of the NFL

  25. It’s all about spin at this point for the Bucs (and I am a Bucs fan), Winston could be video taped naked on stage at one of the 3 strip clubs within a couple of miles of the Bucs facility and Licht would say it was an outreach program for wayward women..

  26. Do your homework people!!!! The crab legs were a gift from Captain King “Deadliest Catch” !!!! They were a gift for JW contribution to Mike Alstott’s charity event…….let it go haters.

  27. This kid will be working at Joe’s Crab Shack in about 4 years………book it.

  28. And this is why the Bucs screwed up. Instead of answering questions about how he will fit in their scheme, Licht is answering questions about Instagram and crab legs. Distractions. Exactly what a 2-14 team doesn’t need.

  29. You’d think a high profile athlete would know how to behave.
    Apparently, that is too much to ask.
    Whether this is an indicator of his future behavior or not, he does have stupid written all over his face.

  30. This is only the beginning of the problems Lovie stubbornly brought on to himself, the team and the town.

    Feel sorry for the Tampa fans

  31. ballreaper says:
    May 1, 2015 3:01 PM

    Talking about crablegs, we saw alot of crab moves by GM’s last night.
    I saw alot of bad picks last night , Which makes you think they are a reason why most of these teams are picking high anyway.

    For starters if i’m picking in the FIRST round , As a GM i would look around my scouts and ask them to show me the playmakers thats left , The ones that could either get me a TOUCHDOWN in the final minutes of a game , Or on defense who can get me off the field or better a TURNOVER.

    Which means you have no business drafting any O-LINEMAN in the 1st round ,Since they are plenty to get in the LATER rounds, or you can even go to the CFL in Canada where they are miles ahead of any of these kids in seasoning anyway.

    Plus lets face it you can render any decent O-lineman obsolete if you bring a heavy blitz on his side anyways.( always thought picking O-lineman early that was a GM way of playing it safe with his job, Since he doesn’t want to ever be question if he went in another area and the pick didn’t work out and off the team).

    Plus if there isn’t any clear cut franchise guy as QB , no way i’m wasting a top pick in hopes he turns out to be that franchise guy.I can do all that experimenting in the later rounds.
    ——————————————————————

    So wrong on so many levels. Unless of course all you know about the NFL is from Madden and Fantasy Football.

  32. Pitiful that his agent would allow this. Doesn’t look promising for JW unless he has someone guarding his every move 24/7.

  33. Your 15 minutes of fame has already gone on way too long, Jameis. I’m believing that you and Jason Licht will both have very short NFL careers.

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