Secondary Employment Opportunity
The Buccaneers need some veteran presence in the secondary. There are some very adequate veterans that will be free agents and could play a big role in Todd Bowles’ defense. In the NFC South, if you cannot stop the pass, it is pretty simple you can’t win. The Saints, Panthers, and Falcons all have great quarterbacks that will carve up opposing defenses. Let’s take a look at some of the 2019 free agents. These names are in no particular order, but if I was Jason Licht, I would take a hard look at these cornerbacks: Bryce Callahan, Jason McCourty, and Buster Skrine. These names all could help the Buccaneers in 2019.
Will the Buccaneers make a move to help the secondary through free agency? My guess is they will look at low-level cost efficient veterans, but the names on this list could be immediate impact players.
Chicago Bears- CB Bryce Callahan
Bryce Callahan was part of the Monsters of the Midway 2018 edition in Chicago. He played under Vic Fangio. The Bears do not want Callahan to hit free agency due to his particular skill set. He will be on many team’s radars this off-season. In 2018, Callahan played in 13 games for the Chicago Bears. He collected two interceptions, two sacks, and 39 solo tackles. Callahan will be entering his age 28 season in 2019.
New England Patriot- CB Jason McCourty
Jason McCourty brings a Superbowl pedigree to free agency. He’s spent the 2018 year in New England. Before landing in New England McCourty called Tennessee home for eight seasons. In 2018, McCourty collected just one interception and 54 solo tackles. He will be entering his age 31 season and has been incredibly durable starting in 116 out of 138 games. He’s as smart as they come in the secondary. He would help out our young secondary immensely.
New York Jets- CB Buster Skrine
Buster Skrine has been attached to the Buccaneers seemingly every year. He is an under the radar kind of player that would fit what Jason Licht is looking for in Tampa. Skrine has spent his career in Cleveland and New York. Skrine is incredibly versatile appearing as a corner, linebacker, and strong safety in 2018 for the Jets. Todd Bowles also has a connection with Skrine and would love to bring one of his former players to Tampa Bay with him.
The Buccaneers will look to boost the secondary in the off-season and draft. Let’s see what happens under new coaches Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles. The young guys will continue to develop, but with a signing of a veteran corner, the secondary may just be good enough to get over the hump in the NFC South. We will continue to wait patiently to see if all these coaching moves really make a difference down in Tampa.