Surprising Free Agent Options
In the current free agency period, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have taken a different approach in free agency with cost-cutting moves and trying to move pieces to give some valued cap space. For now, they have tried to address their various positional holes at Edge, Linebacker, and Safety with players who fit DC Todd Bowles 3-4 scheme.
After watching lots of various moves by Buccaneers GM Jason Licht and Head Coach Bruce Arians, they are looking for guys who can perform for the upcoming season to determine if they should be available to be re-signed for a long-term deal. I would figure the one glaring hole that has not been addressed, before the 2019 NFL Draft, is corner back and I thought of a few names who are young free agents, have NFL experience and could be looking for a longer deal.
1. Morris Claiborne: Age 29 former team New York Jets. Claiborne, who did thrive under former Jets HC/Current Bucs DC Todd Bowles, could be a nice fit here with the departing Brent Grimes and the lack of depth. He could be a solid option among side emerging star in CB Carlton Davis
2. Rashaan Melvin: Age 29 former team Oakland Raiders. Melvin is another young CB with six years of NFL experience and could work well with Bowles and company. He was an undrafted free agent with the Buccaneers in 2013.
3. Captain Munnerlyn: Age 30 former team Carolina Panthers. Munnerlyn has over ten years of NFL experience and has been a foe of the Buccaneers for over seven seasons. He could be a solid option. He has the knowledge and the skills of a veteran cornerback and could fill the void left by Brent Grimes.
These guys could be very interesting options if the Buccaneers wanted to bring some veteran leadership in to the locker room which is always good thing for any young roster.