Eric Berry to Tampa Bay?

April 10, 2010

Don't lock in Gerald McCoy to the Tampa Bay Bucs quite yet. Eric Berry is heading to Tampa Bay tomorrow to meet with the Bucs front office staff. Whether that is a smokescreen or not is up to debate.

After Sam Bradford and Ndamukong Suh, DT Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma is the consensus #3 choice, especially for a team that needs a playmaker on the defensive line. Fans sometimes don't appreciate or recognie good tackle play, and the Bucs are in dire need of some excited fans.

Eric Berry, however, would provide a tangible upgrade to the Bucs defense. Fans love big interception returns and hard hits from safeties. Berry would sell lots of jerseys and at least a few season tickets. Berry's salary would also be a healthy 10-15% less than what a DL would command.

It will be very interesting to see what the cash-strapped Glazer's choose to do during the NFL Draft.