Possible Free Agent Additions
The Buccaneers are facing a rather important season for the franchise. With Quarterback Jameis Winston and General Manager Jason Licht’s jobs on the line this season, the Bucs need to pull out all the stops to make this season a great one. There are a lot of marquee free agents still available on the market for the Bucs to choose from. Here are five free agents the Bucs should have their eyes on.
Eric Berry is one of the NFL’s most decorated safeties. The 5x Pro Bowler and 3x First Team All Pro Safety has spent his entire 8 year career with the Kansas City Chiefs before being released earlier this offseason. Although Berry’s best years seem to be behind him, he’s still a great veteran leader and a great mind to have in the locker room. Berry’s veteran leadership would do wonders for a young Buccaneer secondary looking to make an impact.
The Buccaneers D-Line was a huge point of emphasis this offseason. With star pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul out for possibly the season and Gerald McCoy now gone, this leaves a lot of questions about the Bucs D-Line. Enter Mo Wilkerson. Not only did Wilkerson play under Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, he also has experience playing in a 3-4 defense as a Nose Tackle or Edge Rusher. Having the 6’4 315 former 2x Second Team All Pro alongside Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea would be a deadly sight.
Head Coach Bruce Arians has stated that he’s very pleased with Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones II but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look into it. The Bucs haven’t had a 1,000 yard rusher since 2015, which was Winston’s rookie year. The pressure of no run game has had a hand in many of Winston’s turnovers. Ajayi had a great 2016 season when he rushed for 1,272 yards and helped the Miami Dolphins reach the playoffs. At only 26 years old, he’s worth a consideration.
With the Bucs secondary being so young, they are in need of veteran presence. Morris Claiborne could be that presence at corner. Claiborne player under Bowles and in the 3-4. He finished the 2018 season with 57 tackles, 2 picks and 14 pass deflections. At only 29, he’d been a great option to bolster the defensive back corps. He would also put a little pressure on Vernon Hargreaves III and serve as a mentor to him as well. The former LSU product could have a lot to offer such a young and talented defense.
Tre Boston is definitely someone Tampa Bay could use in the secondary. At only 27 years old, he has shown that he’s a very good safety. Over the last 2 years, he combined for 158 tackles and 8 interceptions. He’s definitely someone I could see signing for cheap and he would also be a great veteran presence as well. With Justin Evans temporarily out of commission, Boston looks to be a quick fix.