Tampa Bay Buccaneers Free Agency Miss or Draft Foreshadowing?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s Free agency is here and we can finally purge ourselves of the dredge that was a 5-11 season after so much hype and promise of last Off-Season. Right?
Well…No. We Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans have pegged our positions of need and attached numerous names of potential free agents that we hoped to see in red and pewter this fall. Anyone who watched Tampa Bay Buccaneer games could see with the thickest of bifocals that the Bucs need corner and defensive line help. I mean, we were ranked dead last in total defense.
You Mad Bro?
It just so happens that both the corner and D-line market was deep in free agency. We’re definitely poised to grab some player’s right?
Again…No. Our General Manager Jason Licht and his staff have continuously let name after name and good player after good player sign elsewhere. These are players who could’ve made our team better with instant impact.
Players like Malcolm Butler, Trumaine Johnson, (yet to be signed. Scratch that, he just signed.), and Aaron Colvin just to name a few. This passive approach has sent us Buc fans into a frenzy of expletives, and beer-soaked sorrows.
Honestly, it’s for good reason and our intentions are well placed.
Is There a Plan?
All I can say is that for all of us, I severely hope so. The Bucs’ brass has said this Off-Season that “We were close”. What in the %#*! does that even mean? For the logical fan, yes, we were three and seven in games decided by 7 points or less.
Ask yourselves though. Did it feel like we were close? I’ll wait. OK I didn’t think so either. So why aren’t the Bucs supplementing areas of need like corner and defensive line with upgrades in free agency? The answer to that question is multi-faceted and changes by the player.
It could be that players wanting too much money, wanting to play for a certain team or in a certain position. After taking a step back, I have to assume there is a plan among Jason Licht and his cohorts.
I do believe that there are certain players who have not signed (yet) that are currently being targeted by our GM. Dontari Poe, E.J. Gaines, Carlos Hyde, and Kenny Vaccaro are just a few names still out there.
They are all also names that have been floated in various media outlets to have some interest by our Buccaneers. The Bucs usually strike quickly with players they really want during Free Agency. Who will it be? Your guess is as good as mine.
For now, we have to play the wait and see game until the ink is dry on the dotted line of those fat contracts to come.
Highway to April
Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see!
I think that’s how the saying goes or something like that? There have been many names that have signed elsewhere, and even some rumored to be targets of the Bucs. I propose this theory to you all, my Bucs’ brethren (*ahem*…and ladies).
Whoever we sign and more importantly who or what positions we don’t sign, tips the hand to us fans of what positions will be addressed in this upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.
For example, let’s say we sign one defensive tackle who is a backup at best. That has to mean we are drafting one if not two defensive tackles in April. The same goes for corner, running back, and offensive line. The free agents who become Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the course of the next month should tell you which 2018 draft prospects should be realistic targets to fill out our roster and depth.
If we sign two guards in free agency, well, you can kiss Quenton Nelson goodbye folks. If we sign say, Carlos Hyde, I can almost bet we will be drafting another running back. This is a fluid and ongoing situation that is bound to change by the minute.
Like the all-time great line by Third Eye Blind goes, “I wish you would step back from that ledge, my friend”, it’s going to be okay. So sit back, and temper your expectations because I’m sure you’ll be shocked. One way or another.
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