The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been hard at work this offseason trying to bring in impact players via free agency, but they haven’t quite forgotten about the players that helped them get through the 2012 campaign.
On Wednesday, the Buccaneers signed two players to new deals: linebacker Jacob Cutrera and long snapper Andrew Economos.
Cutrera, a restricted free agent, has re-signed with the Buccaneers as he attempts to prove himself as an asset at the NFL level. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he made the opening day roster, playing in eight games and made four tackles.
In October 2011, the Buccaneers signed Cutrera off of the Jaguars’ practice squad. Over the last two seasons in Tampa Bay, he has seen the field in 16 games, notching only six tackles and a forced fumble.
So far during his short professional career, the former LSU Tiger hasn’t made an impact beyond special teams. He rarely sees the field on defensive snaps and will likely have to make his living as a kick coverage specialist.
Economos has been the Buccaneers’ long snapper since 2007. Seeing as so many long-time long snappers have been receiving new contracts this offseason, it only makes sense that Economos would get his opportunity to stay in Tampa Bay.
While these deals are anything from the homeruns you want to hear about, they’re the type of signings that help build continuity within a roster. The Buccaneers have the talent to make a run at the playoffs, but need players like Cutrera and Economos to make their subtle contributors to get over the hump.