There you have it
"Unless something drastically changes," Gruden said, "we expect him to be a Buccaneer for a long time."
The Bucs were intrigued by several other possibilities, including Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson, but Gruden said the Bucs resisted the temptation.
"I'm a football coach," Gruden said. "I want to win games. We have to take a look at who we think is the best football player on the board. . . We said we wanted to upgrade our pass rush."
Adams will play right defensive end, according to Gruden, meaning he'll play the same side as former Pro Bowler Simeon Rice. That should make for some interesting conversation as things proceed, but Gruden made it clear the plan is to play the best player.
Gruden denied that the Bucs were engaged in any serious trade conversations, whether with the Lions or other clubs.
"I was really surprised people were speculating that we would be willing to sacrifice a lot of picks to move up," Gruden said. "We need to address some needs on this football team."
Gruden admitted the Bucs would have strongly considered Johnson had he been available at No. 4. Gruden also said the Bucs had a liking for Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who apparently was the team's next option.
"We liked Amobi Okoye," Gruden said. "To get a disruptive inside presence is something you're always looking for. It was a tough call."
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