For just about two months Buccaneer fans have been salivating over Calvin Johnson. He indeed may end up in pewter and red, but not before the Bucs give up plenty to get him.
Profootballtalk.com reports that the Bucs will have to send cornerback Brian Kelly along with both of Tampa Bay's second-round draft picks to move up to the No. 2 spot, where the Bucs would acquire the Georgia Tech receiver.
Detroit covets Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams and would select with Tampa Bay's first-round pick, the No. 4 overall selection.
ESPN's Sal Paloantolio also is reporting Friday night that the Bucs and Lions are in talks to swap spots. But he added that Buc GM Bruce Allen may be hesitant to cough up both second rounders.
Early Friday evening, NFL Network's Adam Shefter first reported that if the Lions can't swing a deal they would use the No. 2 selection on Johnson. Of course if Detroit does trade the pick, it is assumed that the team moving into the slot would be after Johnson.
Of course, the Lions can always pick Johnson and then trade him later on Saturday after working out a deal.
Oakland holds the key to any of that, but indications are that the Raiders will pass on Johnson and select LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell No. 1 overall.
Furthermore, the player believed to be Tampa Bay's favorite non-Johnson choice may be gone as well. Reportedly Cleveland at No. 3 is debating between Brady Quinn and Joe Thomas, the Wisconsin offensive tackle the Bucs are believed to be very high on.
Keep it tuned to 620 WDAE all weekend long. Live coverage from the Miller Lite draft party at Raymond James Stadium begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.
On a team with this many holes, we need to stay where we are and use all of our picks