Bucs sign another cornerback, creating greater competition
The Bucs certainly made significant changes to their secondary when they added cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Dashon Goldson earlier in the offseason.
But the bottom ranks of the defensive backs unit is still a work in progress, evidenced by today’s signing of former Cardinals cornerback Michael Adams. Adams earned his spot through a good showing in last week’s minicamp at One Buc Place, which doubled as a tryout camp for several free agents. The Bucs last week also signed receiver Derek Hagan after his performance in the camp.
Adams is entering his seventh NFL season and could factor in an interesting preseason competition in the secondary. At 5-8 and 181 pounds, the Louisiana-Lafeyette product appeared in 74 games with Arizona, making seven starts. Four of those starts came in 2010, when Adams had two of his three career interceptions.
It’s expected Revis, veteran Eric Wright and second-round pick Johnthan Banks will, in some order, be the Bucs’ top three cornerbacks. But there will be intrigue beyond them.
The experience gained by backups Leonard Johnson and Danny Gorrer when pressed into starting roles last season should pay dividends this fall. And the Bucs are still holding out hope Anthony Gaitor and Myron Lewis can show some development. Undrafted rookie Deveron Carr is another player in whom coaches are quite interested in watching.
In all, the Bucs have 11 cornerbacks on their 90-man roster, plus swing player (safety and cornerback) Keith Tandy. That means you can expect roughly five cuts to be made before the regular-season roster is due in September.
This should produce some intense competition in training camp and in preseason games, making cornerback a position you’ll want to monitor as the Bucs get back to work late next month.