Tampa Bay general manager Bruce Allen said on Friday that the Bucs will not be able to resign free agent running back Thomas Jones or defensive tackle Warren Sapp before the open market begins on Wednesday. "The grass isn't always greener on the other side," Allen told the St. Petersburg Times. "A lot of players don't want to leave a specific locker they've had. It's a frightening time for some because they are afraid the telephone will not ring."
Despite his statement, you can bet the phone will be ringing for Jones and Sapp. Allen admitted to the fact that there's a strong chance that both Jones and Sapp will receive generous offers from other teams. Jones reportedly is seeking a deal in the neighborhood of $3 million per season and may get that from running back-starved teams such as the Cowboys or Bears. Chicago's new head coach Lovie Smith also worked with Sapp in his prime in Tampa Bay. The Colts (with former head coach Tony Dungy) and the Ravens are also possible destinations for Sapp.
Thomas Jones might work out in Dallas. He's definitely the style of RB Parcells would like. Then again, he's sucked for the two teams he's played for so who knows. I guess this opens the door for Charlie Garner to come to Tampa as the featured back.