Per a report via CBS Sports, the Sports Xchange believes Tampa Bay Buccaneers officials have cooled on their chase for Curtis Lofton, stating the reports he has a standing offer are only “technically true”.
Curtis Lofton is quickly running out of options, with rumors now being started he could possibly return to the Atlanta Falcons. While anything is still possible, a return to the Falcons is not likely to get him the money he wants now that the Falcons signed Lofa Tatupu to a two year contract.
The New Orleans Saints are still in play, especially since Jonathan Vilma is a very likely candidate for suspension. However, their cap continues to shrink and part of the allure to playing for the Saints was coach Sean Payton, who is suspended for a season. There is also the need to give Drew Brees a contract offer in order to save face from the whole “bounty” black eye.
The report also rumors a potential return to the Falcons for a season in hopes Lofton will find better offers in 2013. To play the market then return to the team you planned on leaving would also be a bit humbling for the linebacker, while also diminishing his perceived value. Another season with the Falcons won’t change that. There is also the fact Seattle Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne is still available and has visited the Saints as well.
The Buccaneers should hold the cards at this point, being one of the first teams to chase Lofton and make him an offer. He is nearly guaranteed a starting role and will have a chance to thrive in coach Greg Schiano’s system. Most importantly, the Buccaneers want Lofton. The linebacker is without question consistent and durable, but he has lacked the “splash” plays teams look for when doling out the big bucks.