The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were bad at defending the pass in 2012. There’s just no other way to say it. Teams might not have been able to run the ball against the Bucs–who ranked 1st in the NFL against the run–but any lack of success on the ground they could definitely make up for against the 32nd ranked pass defense in the league.
For those of you keeping score, that’s dead last in the NFL.
Fixing the pass defense was a huge concern for head coach Greg Sciano and his staff, and the Bucs have made some moves to help, but have also lost some valuable players–most recently, cornerback E.J. Biggers agreed to contract terms with the Washington Redskins.
There were a number of rumors floating around that the Buccaneers were at the front of the list for teams that might make a trade with the New York Jets for star CB Darrelle Revis, but now it seems the Bucs have cooled on Revis (or the Jets are asking too much).
The latest news is that the alternative plan to bringing Revis in would be too look within the division at Atlanta Falcons free agent CB Brent Grimes, who is probably the best remaining cornerback on the market. The Falcons put the franchise tag on Grimes in 2012, only to see him go down with an injury at the beginning of the season.
The market will be somewhat soft for Grimes being that he didn’t play last season, and there is a bumper crop of DBs in this year’s draft class. If the Buccaneers move quickly and make the right offer they could get Grimes at a bargain price.
Grimes would immediately make the Bucs secondary better, even if he didn’t have his best season, so it would be a win-win for Tampa Bay no matter what. The Falcons have a loaded secondary even without Grimes, so he’ll probably be one of the last priorities for Atlanta, who will probably look to the draft to add a new cornerback.