Originally written on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Several reports have been published about the New England Patriots not retaining the services of veteran wide receiver Wes Welker. Could the Bucs make a run at him in free agency? According to a source with knowledge of the Bucs potential plans, they will. He stated the team is “eyeing him (Welker) hard” after mentioning what the Bucs are looking to do during free agency and the draft. The Buccaneers are in need of a legitimate threat in a slot receiver. Third year receiver Arrelious Benn was unable play that role due to injury but there were also concerns his limitations came from the inability to pick up the offense. Tiquan Underwood had the role for the majority of 2012 but he does not draw attention from the opposition like the team is looking for. But what about the cornerback position? “They (the Buccaneers) are not looking for a corner in the draft,” the source added regarding the team’s day one draft focus. “They feel there is a lot of free agents available and if they can score Wes, they will focus on tight end in the draft.” The plan sounds puzzling. Stanford’s Zach Ertz and Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert are perhaps the only two that may go in the first round but picking either of them at 13 could be a reach. Of course there is that possibility of the Bucs trading down. The free agent market has a good amount of cornerbacks available. Any “top tier” corner hitting the market can come in and start for the Buccaneers right away but at what cost? It sounds like the team has a definite plan on how they will approach this offseason. Welker, 31, caught 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns in 2012 however, may demand a lot of money. With other positions needing to be addressed, targeting Welker should not be Tampa Bay’s main focus. The free agency period begins March 12th at 4 p.m. ET. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) The post Source: Bucs to eye Wes Welker “hard” appeared first on The Bay Cave.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
1 Comment:
  • They need welker - they should also think about tebow - might be their best move.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Pats employee taking footballs into bathroom on video

Greg Anthony caught offering $80 to undercover officer for sex

Robert Kraft wants apology from NFL if nothing found

NFL may be very close to returning to Los Angeles

Report: Kobe definitely returning next season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Yankees don't want to pay A-Rod home run bonuses

Kobe Bryant needs surgery, likely out for season

Browner wants Patriots to injure Sherman, Thomas

Report: Rams, other teams interested in Nick Foles

Tom Brady: 'My feelings got hurt' in Deflategate controversy

Odell Beckham Jr. says he played with two hamstring tears

Early B1G predictions for 2015

Remembering Ernie Banks

Allenby rang up $3,400 strip club bill on night of 'kidnapping'

Brady's dad: QB's relationship with Pats 'will end badly'

WATCH: Skittles Super Bowl commercial looks ridiculous

The five best Super Bowl defenses of all time

Mark Brunell explains why he got emotional over Deflategate

NFL was profiting off Marshawn Lynch's crotch grab

NFL finally getting its own YouTube channel

20 most amazing stats in Super Bowl history

Six X-factors who could make an impact in Super Bowl XLIX

Five potentially fatal flaws for Patriots in the Super Bowl

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Early Big Ten predictions for 2015

Remembering Ernie Banks

Pats employee took footballs into restroom?

Report: Kobe not retiring

More questions about Allenby's story

Yanks don't want to pay A-Rod bonuses

Kobe Bryant likely out for the season

Looking back at Super Bowls 1-48

Super Bowl MVPs through the years

The five best Super Bowl defenses

Burnell explains why he got emotional

NFL was profiting off Lynch's gesture

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.