Let the paranoia start to set in for WDAE’ s Steve “Little Puppy” Duemig the afternoon host on the Sports Animal after the rant Monday when he flipped his lid over a poster on PewterReport.com message forum that took the chow hound to task over the supposed conversation he had with Bucs general manager Mark Dominik last Friday, with regards to speculation about unrestricted free agents the team was interested in. Don’t look now Duemig, but it would appear you were once again wrong, as the Bucs have plans to visit with two unrestricted free agent safeties later this week.
According to Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times, which we assume he did not vet his information through the Little Puppy first, is reporting the Bucs are attempting to arrange a visit with Browns safety Brodney Pool and Dolphins safety Gibril Wilson.
Pool, who left St. Louis without a contract Monday, was scheduled to visit the New York Jets on Wednesday. The Bucs are hoping Pool will visit Tampa Bay later this week, according to his agent, Ben Dogra.
“It is tentative, but yes,” Dogra said of the Bucs plans to arrange a visit with Pool, who has a history of concussions during his career with the Browns.
Wilson will be looking to join his fourth team in as many years. He finished second on Dolphins in tackles (91) after signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract last Feb. 26. But Wilson struggled in pass coverage playing with two rookie cornerbacks. Only five NFL safeties played more snaps than Wilson in 2009 without an interception.
It’s no secret the Bucs were less then pleased with the performance of first year starter Sabby Piscitelli and his lack of coverage skills, but what was even more depressing was his propensity to miss tackles. When you couple Piscitelli’s short comings with free safety Tanard Jackson already having one strike against him after being suspended for the first four games last year. There is a definite need for a veteran safety to provide competition and depth in the Bucs secondary.
Florida Gator’s MLB Brandon Spikes On Bucs Radar
Gregg Rosenthal of Profootballtalk.com is reporting the Bucs plan to have Spikes in for a private visit. The 6-foot-3, 249-pound middle linebacker is considered to be a downhill thumper. Spike’s is projected to come off the board in the bottom half of the first to early second round in April.
Spikes is fierce competitor with natural leadership skills and possess a nasty disposition on the field. The main knock on Spikes is his speed, but as any astute fan will tell you speed is some times overrated. A far better measure of a linebackers agility is the short shuttle and the three cone drill as it measures a players ability to change directions and short area quickness.