POTB: The Buccaneers additions in Free agency.
With free agency cooling off around the NFL it’s time to focus on the moves made by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They did a very nice job of evaluating what players needed to stay and who is it was time to move on from. They were smart by assessing the roster bringing in players that were a fit rather than just going after big names like in previous years. They did so by starting in the trenches. The Buccaneers were able to sign one of the top coveted centers this off-season; Ryan Jensen, who signed with the Buccaneers over the colts which was huge. His willingness to protect his QB, along with the ability to open up big holes in the run game makes this a Great signing he also has a nasty streak in him and it shows on film adding some much-needed depth and instant upgrade. This move should allow Ali Marpet to move back to his original position RG where he is at his best giving them flexibility on the offensive line look for them to possibly add to the line in the draft.
Other key acquisitions the Bucs made were the signings of two former teammates in Philly. DL Vinny Curry and DT Beau Allen. Curry’s sack numbers won’t blow you away but it’s his ability to generate pressure on the QB is what stands out and also happens to be something that the Bucs didn’t do a good job at last year in either category. He’s a very good run stopper. Collapsing the pocket. With the addition of new Defensive line coach Brentson Buckner, I see Curry as a perfect fit alongside Gerald Mccoy. Add in a healthy Noah Spence look for the Bucs sack total to go up tremendously IMO.
They need to draft a Corner with Brent Grimes who is returning on a one year deal at 34 years old…. he won’t be playing forever. The team still has high hopes for Vernon Hargreaves III the former 11th overall pick who is a talented player yet to reach his full potential or meet the expectations the organization hoped for when selecting him that high. He will sure have a chance to change that. He returns to the secondary healthy and eager to prove the critics wrong. Ryan Smith is still the fold as well.
Then there is a glaring need at Safety, yes! I know they spent a second-round pick on Justin Evans last year but after him, there’s not much star power. They let T.J Ward leave via FA. They re-signed Chris Conte and Keith Tandy to one-year deals, which is understandable considering they are great depth/role players that have proven they can step in and start when needed and also make plays in this league and contribute, With that being said it’s almost certain that there will be upgrades coming and quite frankly it’s time. Over 10 years too long.
This draft will offer tons of defensive and offensive options for them to do just that!
Written By: Tagie Harper
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