The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't started their free agency spend yet, but one player knows who the Bucs should target. Lavonte David really likes Travis Benjamin, apparently.
Get him here https://t.co/nBjTWKFwWl— Lavonte David (@LavonteDavid54) February 20, 2016
David is responding to a Pewter Report article that suggests the Bucs target the Cleveland Browns receiver. New director of player personnel drafted Benjamin in 2011 when he was with the Browns, and the receiver just had a breakout season: 68 catches for 966 yards and five touchdowns, after maxing out at 314 receiving yards in any of his previous three seasons.
But, as Pewter Report points out, Benjamin would help the Bucs in more than one way: he's also an excellent punt returner, with three punt return touchdowns on 68 tries, and an average of 12.6 yards per return. One of those touchdowns came against the Tennessee Titans last year, when current Bucs special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor was running special teams there.
Ast 5'10", 172 lbs, Benjamin is best suited to be a quick slot receiver -- a good complement to the big-bodied, downfield threats of Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. He should also come at an affordable price, given the single-year performance. All in all, he'd be the kind of value free agent the Bucs supposedly like to target.