Best Free Agents For Tampa Bay
The Buccaneers have been relatively quiet in the 2019 Free Agent rush. They re-signed Donovan Smith and Devante Bond. The Buccaneers also picked up Demar Dotson’s 2019 option. They have several spots that need to be addressed before we can be contenders. There will not be a big splash this year like fans have grown accustomed to seeing.
The Buccaneers do not have the money to bring in the big fish in 2019, but will most likely be looking at the middle tier free agents. In the secondary, the Buccaneers could look at cornerback Ken Crawley. He played very well in 2017. Last season, Crawley was exposed with the Saints and would eventually be sat down. He is 26 years old and doesn’t have a history of injury. He may be a player that needs a change of scenery in Tampa Bay. Jason Verrett is another corner Tampa could look at out of Los Angeles. The Chargers cornerback just couldn’t stay healthy the past couple seasons. He played in five games over the past three seasons with the Chargers.
The Buccaneers could look at Vikings safety George Iloka to help give some depth. He will be turning 30 this year. He has been very solid for numerous years, but with age playing a factor the Buccaneers could swoop in and sign for a reasonable price. Iloka can also play other positions besides safety, so that could add value. The other safety to look at is Andrew Sendejo out of Minnesota. He was cut by the Vikings for younger talent. He is another older player, but could still play well in 2019.
Offensively the Buccaneers saw Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson leave town. There are several wide receivers looking for work in 2019. One name that would help the Buccaneers is former Charger Tyrell Williams. He is a 6’4 205 lbs receiver who can still fly. He would be a perfect fit to replace DeSean. Williams is only 27 years old. He was a former 1,000-yard receiver. Another name that Tampa should look at is Chris Hogan. He is a possession receiver that has bailed out Tom Brady numerous times. Hogan has been the number one and a role player. Jameis could use a receiver with the credentials of Hogan. He is 30 years old and could provide some veteran presence with the wide receivers. Other notables: Martavis Bryant, Phillip Dorsett, and J.J. Nelson
Last but not least, the running backs need to be addressed. Peyton Barber had a stellar season in 2018, but I am still not sold that he is the best option for the Buccaneers. He is a great running back to split carries with, but he shouldn’t get the bulk of the carries. There will be many that disagree with me on that due to 2018. He struggles to catch the ball out of the backfield, but he can run between the tackles. The backs Tampa should look at are Tevin Coleman and Adrian Peterson. Coleman was the lead man in Atlanta last season with Freeman out. If the Buccaneers grabbed him from the free agency, it could be a scary duo in the backfield with Barber and Coleman. Adrian Peterson is still defying odds at the age of 34. The Pro Bowl running back rushed for 1,000 yards in 2018. He is older and maybe someone who the Buccaneers can grab at a discounted price. The Buccaneers have been linked to him over the past couple seasons, so let’s make it happen. Pair him with Barber and Ronald Jones II in 2019
All of these free agents are just opinions, but the Buccaneers need help. They are low in cash right now and may be forced to look at the bottom of the list rather than the top. Let’s keep hope that Jason Licht and Bruce Arians can continue to build a solid roster in 2019.