Saturday, February 11, 2006
You Heard it Hear First, It Just Got Bad....
The Buccaneers are expected to lose director of player personnel Ruston Webster once his contract expires after April's draft. The St. Petersburg Times reports that Webster is expected to take a job with the Seahawks due to his friendship with team president Tim Ruskell.
My view is that Webster works under general manager Bruce Allen in Tampa as the head of the pro and college scouting department, and this is a major loss. When Ruskell left for Seattle, nobody pushed the panic button, because Webster stepped up and did a great job. If Webster leaves this could really impact the Buccaneers for years to come.
Webster has been working for the Bucs for almost two decades, but it is only this past recent year that people started to know the name of the college scouting director. For years, the draft and its accompanying blame belonged to the head coach. Then it was Rich McKay's. Last year, it was Bruce Allen's first draft. However, for the past decade, Webster has been the man behind the draft and scouting.
Webster and Seahawks team president Tim Ruskell worked together for about 15 years in the Tampa Bay organization.
No word yet as to whether the Buccaneers have a replacement in mind.