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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Analysis: Alex Magee Trade

On October 10th, 2010, Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik pulled the trigger on a trade which brought defensive end Alex Magee to Tampa.

The details of the deal:
Tampa Bay:  Gets DE Alex Magee; Gets Chiefs 2011 NFL Draft 6th round draft pick
Kansas City:  Gets Buccaneers 2011 NFL Draft 5th round draft pick

This trade filled in the only gap in the Buccaneers 2011 NFL Draft slate, providing them with (at least) one choice in each round.  The hole in the 6th round in 2011 was created by the 2009 draft day trade with the Cleveland Browns to move up two spots in the first round to select QB Josh Freeman.

Let's break down the components of the Magee trade in particular.

Tampa Bay
Alex Magee is currently listed as a defensive tackle on the latest Buccaneers roster.  The 6'3", 298 pounder was originally selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft (the same draft and round in which the Buccaneers selected DT Roy Miller).  Magee went on to play in 15 games his rookie season (starting 1) and recorded 6 tackles, 2 assists, and 2 sacks.  Magee started 2010 with Kansas City, appearing in 2 games and recording 2 tackles and 2 assists.  After arriving in Tampa, Magee went on to play in eight of the remaining twelve games of the 2010 season and recorded a duplicate of his entire rookie season (6 tackles, 2 assists, 2 sacks).  Magee played college football at Purdue University and was also part of an Illinois 7A High School State Championship team at Oswego High School.  According to Buccaneers Head Coach Raheem Morris, Magee was a player the Buccaneers had targeted in 2009 (video, first minute or so).

The Buccaneers used the Kansas City Chiefs 2011 NFL Draft 6th round pick to select Allen Bradford, a running back from the University of Southern California.

Kansas City
The Chiefs picked in the 5th round, Pick #4 (135th overall), and selected quarterback Ricky Stanzi, 6'4", 223lbs from the University of Iowa.  This pick was originally acquired from the Denver Broncos during the 2010 NFL Draft.

Dominik gave up two 7th round picks in the 2010 draft to get the pick which he dealt to the Chiefs.  The Broncos used those two 7th round picks to select DB Syd'Quan Thompson (played in 13 games last season) and DE Jammie Kerlew (Kerlew is currently not listed on the Broncos offseason roster).  For comparison, Tampa Bay drafted Cody Grimm, Dakota Watson, and Erik Lorig in the same draft, same round.

The 5th round pick Dominik kept in the 2011 NFL Draft was used by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to draft S Ahmad Black from the University of Florida.

As far as players go, it comes down to the value of Alex Magee and Allen Bradford versus Ricky Stanzi.  Since Bradford and Stanzi have yet to play an NFL down, the trade cannot be graded on player production yet.  We'll have to revisit that in the future.

As far as value, the Buccaneers come out with a 5th round pick and an experienced defensive lineman, while the Chiefs come out with a 5th round pick, period.  Add in the possibility of the Buccaneers getting a 3rd round talent for what amounts to two 7th round draft choices and you see Tampa Bay came through this looking really good.  Dominik has proven to be a very shrewd personnel man and this trade does nothing but polish that image.

The real test will be in training camp this upcoming season.  Will Magee stick on a team which has spent a great deal of draft capital on the defensive line?  Will Bradford pierce a backfield loaded with veteran as well as youthful talent?  Will Stanzi make the Chiefs roster, and if so at what position?

So although the final analysis of this trade cannot be fully realized yet, the tendency leans heavily towards the Buccaneers getting the better end of the bargain.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tampa Bay Playoff Drought Ending?

NFL.com has compiled their offseason rankings, and all three of their Expert writers have Tampa Bay firmly in the top half of the NFL.  Clearly, the word is out after last season's impressive rise and another strong draft class and Tampa Bay is getting some of it's credibility returned after a couple years of rebuilding.

Gil Brandt has the Buccaneers rated at #13, behind the Saints (#6) and the Falcons (#3) but ahead of the Panthers (#30).

Pat Kirwan has Tampa Bay at #11, also behind the Saints (#8) and Falcons (#5).  Kirwan tags the Carolina Panthers as the worst team in the NFL next season (#32).

Steve Wyche has the Buccaneers as a Top 10 team in the NFL (#9), only behind the Saints (#1) in the NFC South, with Atlanta (#12) and Carolina (#32) ranked lower.

What is truly impressive is NFC Rank for each:  Brandt has the Buccaneers as the 8th best NFC Team, Kirwan has Tampa Bay being the 6th best team in the NFC, and Wyche has the Bucs as the 4th best team in the NFC.  With eight teams from the NFC reaching the playoffs, all three are suggesting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will return to the playoffs next season.

Obviously the NFC South will still be a stout division next season.  Should the Buccaneers finish 3rd, they may find themselves walking the fine line of the final wildcard births again this coming season.  A second place finish in the NFC South has resulted in a playoff birth in three of the past four seasons.

The current three year playoff drought is the longest for the Buccaneers since the 1983-1996 void ended by Tony Dungy leading the Buccaneers to their first playoff win in 16 years in 1997.

Tampa Bay has not won a playoff game since the 2002 Championship Season.

The wait for the return to the NFL Playoffs may end this season!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

No Hard Knocks For Tampa Bay

With no end to the lockout in site and plenty more litigation to go through, I have been able to confirm through several sources that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not be part of the HBO Series Hard Knocks during the next training camp.

Until about 10 days ago, all signs were this was a done deal between HBO and Tampa Bay.  This change of tone may imply the Buccaneers see the current work stoppage lasting a while.  Add in the fact they are a young team and probably could wait with the distraction of daily cameras until they become a more veteran squad, and the move is very smart.

It is not clear if this will be announced or will just fade away, but this is not over.  My information is the Buccaneers remain open to the possibility of participating in the Hard Knocks franchise in the near future.

Just not the immediate future.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Walk The Buccaneers Draft With The GM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2011 Draft, with video comments by Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik:

Round 1/Pick #20: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
GM Mark Dominik Day 1 Wrap-up Press Conference

Round 2/Pick #51: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
GM Mark Dominik, Second Round Pick Comments

Round 3/Pick #84: Mason Foster, LB, Washington
GM Mark Dominik, Third Round Pick Comments

Round 4/Pick #104) Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee
Round 5/Pick #151) Ahmad Black, SS, Florida
Round 6/Pick #187) Allen Bradford, RB, Southern California
Round 7/Pick #222) Anthony Gaitor, DB, Florida International
Round 7/Pick #238) Daniel Hardy, TE, Idaho
Draft Wrap-Up Press Conference