Welcome to #24, Revis Island

It’s the most talked about 24 since Jack Bauer’s eighth (!) sleepless day, and it now belongs to Darrelle Revis.

Mark Barron wore jersey #24 for the Buccaneers as a rookie last year after being selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 draft.  Four days before the 2013 draft, the Buccaneers traded for Revis, the All-Pro cornerback who happened to have made the #24 pretty famous during his years with the Jets.  That kicked off the obvious speculation – you know, after people got tired of talking about Revis’ enormous talent and what it will mean to Tampa Bay’s secondary – that Revis and Barron would strike some sort of deal to transfer ownership of that jersey number with the Buccaneers.

It didn’t have to happen, but it always seemed quite likely to happen…and now it has happened.  Leaving the issue of how the transfer was negotiated between teammates, the Bucs confirmed on Friday that Revis will wear #24 and Barron will move to #23.  That also necessitated the move of CB Myron Lewis from #23 to #31, the number E.J. Biggers previously wore before departing in free agency.

So jersey #24 will still be prominently featured in the Buccaneers’ secondary this year, just one level closer to the line.  Barron, sporting #23, will play beside new safety teammate Dashon Goldson, #38.  Returning CB Eric Wright is still sporting #21 and second-round draft pick CB Johnthan Banks has taken over #27, last worn by RB LeGarrette Blount.   The Bucs even avoided giving #24 temporarily to a player on a tryout contract this weekend at the Bucs’ rookie mini-camp.

As a celebration of this anticipated switch, which was revealed at 3:00 p.m. ET on Friday, Buccaneer fans can enjoy free-shipping on all merchandise purchased through the online team store for an entire week.  Yes, that includes some new #24 Revis and #23 Barron jerseys.  The free shipping period began at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. ET next Friday, May 10.

Speaking of Banks and the rookie mini-camp, his fellow 2013 draftees put on their first NFL jersey numbers on Friday.  The entire roster can be found here but here’s the rookie rundown:

  • #8 QB Mike Glennon
  • #27 CB Johnthan Banks
  • #25 RB Mike James
  • #92 DE William Gholston
  • #96 DE Steven Means
  • #97 DT Akeem Spence

Three Released as Bucs Meet Roster Limit

NFL teams are allowed a maximum of 90 players on the roster during the offseason, and Monday’s addition of 13 undrafted free agents put the Buccaneers over the limit.  Or, at least it did when those 13 young men arrived in Tampa on Thursday and officially put pen to paper.

That necessitated some additional roster moves by the Buccaneers, which was taken care of on Thursday afternoon.  The Bucs released the following three players:

  • G Derek Hardman
  • DT Corvey Irvin
  • CB James Rogers

In addition, TE Drake Dunsmore and K Nate Kaeding have elected to retire.

Tony Dungy Thrilled by Warren Sapp’s HOF Induction

Tony Dungy’s NFL career began in a cradle of Hall of Famers.

Dungy was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1977, which means he joined a roster that already included NINE future Hall-of-Fame players – Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann and Mike Webster – plus a Canton-bound head coach in Chuck Noll and an already-enshrined owner in Art Rooney.

Dungy’s playing career lasted just three years but he went into coaching immediately thereafter and would subsequently cross paths with many more future Hall of Famers, such as Dermontti Dawson, Derrick Thomas, John Randle, Lamar Hunt, Cris Carter, Randall McDaniel, Chris Doleman, Warren Moon and Gary Zimmerman.  After Dungy became the head coach of the Buccaneers in 1996, he also eventually tutored McDaniel again in Tampa from 2000-01.

Despite a career spent in the presence of Hall of Famers (and perhaps a career that is also destined for the same honor), it was a unique and special experience for Dungy when former Buccaneer great Warren Sapp got the call to Canton this past February. Continue reading

Who’s Next? Potential Candidates for the Ring

On Thursday, the Buccaneers will hold a press conference to announce the fifth person selected for the team’s Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium.  That person’s name will join those of Lee Roy Selmon (inducted in 2009), John McKay (2010), Jimmie Giles (2011) and Paul Gruber (2012) on the stadium façade.

Who will it be?  Let’s consider the possibilities.  Note #1: The following players and coaches are listed alphabetically and not in any order of likelihood.  Note #2: We went deep, deep, deep on this list, so you may consider some of the options below to be much more viable than others.  That’s fair, but there’s no harm in making an overly comprehensive list.  And, just in case this list isn’t comprensive enough, tell me in the comments the obvious candidate(s) I missed. Continue reading