Five Surprising Moves in 2019 I’d Like to See
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made some decisions that have left some fans scratching their heads. Head Coach Bruce Arians will look to help this organization find some sort of identity. The Buccaneers have been the NFL’s most inconsistent team since 2003. The thing that breaks the hearts of many fans is the fact that the Buccaneers have the talent to compete with anyone. Personally, I believe there are going to be some moves that shock the fan base in 2019.
The Buccaneers are going to save LeSean McCoy from the pit of misery in Buffalo. Tampa Bay signed tight end Cameron Brate to a long-term deal, but with the emergence of O.J. Howard fans could see Brate moved this offseason. Tampa is in desperate need of a big-time playmaker in the backfield. McCoy has been incredible in Buffalo. He has gone over the 1,000-yard marker in two of the four years in Buffalo. He will be entering his age 31 seasons but hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.
Tampa Bay will trade Gerald McCoy before the start of the 2019 NFL season. This has been an ongoing topic of discussion for the fan base. The Buccaneers decided to bring back McCoy this offseason, but for how long? Tampa is loaded on the defensive front, and the 2019 NFL Draft has impact defensive players galore. He is entering his age 31 seasons, and his contract runs through 2021. This will be very enticing for other teams looking to get someone that can put them over the hump. A team that could benefit from a player of McCoy’s caliber is the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings watched free agency take defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, so they will be looking to fill the void. The Buccaneers need to get younger in the draft. Would McCoy and a draft pick be enough to snatch up the number 18 pick from Minnesota?
Tampa Bay will sign Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. The Buccaneers lost Kwon Alexander to the San Francisco 49ers this offseason. They have several names that could fill the void internally. It’s uncertain if Kendell Beckwith will ever play again and the other players on the roster are relatively unproven. The Buccaneers will more than likely draft LSU linebacker Devin White, but Clay Matthews could provide some much-needed depth at a position that has been bitten by the injury bug the last couple seasons in Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers sign veteran tight end Jared Cook to fill the void left by Cameron Brate. As I stated previously, I believe the Buccaneers will move on from Cameron Brate, but they will need to fill the vacancy. Jared Cook is a true professional that can be a good insurance policy in the case Howard goes down to injury. He is a big target from Jameis Winston. Cook is 31 years old and will not cost the Buccaneers anything to sign. Cook has played with future Hall of Famers in Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers.
Lastly, the Buccaneers bring back quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The free agency period is drying up, and not many teams are looking for a career backup quarterback. Fitzpatrick loved playing in Tampa Bay last season, and he soaked up all the glory of Fitzmagic. Jameis will continue to progress, but fans are tired of seeing Winston turn the ball over. Tampa Bay will sign Fitzpatrick to a franchise friendly deal.
We will see what Jason Licht decides to do for the 2019 season, but one thing’s for sure the Buccaneers lack what every free agent wants: Money. Tampa will have to look at veterans to help fill the holes this season. The players mentioned above have some good football left in them. We have to save up some money this season in order to make a push in the future. The draft will be huge in 2019, as well. Let’s keep our minds open and our hopes high. Go Bucs!