5 Free Agents the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Should Re-Sign This Offseason
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5 Free Agents They Should Re-Sign This Offseason
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have blown up shop and elected to start over, wiping their hands clean of Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik. The lack of success and talk of locker room dysfunction finally had them both booted, as they still haven’t been competitive in the NFC in over a decade.
Tampa Bay hired former Bucs assistant coach (1996-2000) and Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith to coach the team. The hire immediately brings back happier times to the Tampa Bay organization. The Tampa 2 is back and the economy is great!
New GM Jason Licht comes from a scouting background. His career started with the New England Patriots as a college scout, then climbed the ladder all the way to Assistant Director of Player Personnel. So, he comes from the Patriots ethos of draft well and sign players with chips on the shoulder in free agency.
There are plenty of priorities for the Bucs to improve. First of all, Smith needs to implement the Tampa 2 with guys that could play their part in the scheme. Smith needs to worry about a defense first before thinking of tinkering with the offense. Then once defense is settled, Mike Glennon needs to be evaluated. Glennon was brilliant at times, but Glennon is from a different regime. It all depends on who’s there at their draft slot (seventh overall), or if they can trade and stockpile picks.
Their in-house free agent list seems lackluster, but some players have that chip on the shoulder Licht likes. The Bucs have about $17 million in spending room for free agents, so here are some in-house guys that new regime should re-sign.
Brian Leonard RB
Even though Doug Martin is their go-to guy, it doesn’t hurt to add a committee in the backfield to ensure Martin’s health.
Ryan Lindell K
Definitely, not a priority especially if Connor Barth comes back healthy and able to kick. But you never know if that toe fungus is still around...
Dekoda Watson LB
This is Tampa Bay’s special teams guy. The Bucs ran out of healthy LBs at the end of the season and with a lot of upside as an edge rusher, so what’s a cheap insurance policy to them? The Tampa 2 is back and the logic is to beef up the OLBs, so Watson could see more time if he stays on in the Lovie Smith era.
Adam Hayward LB
Hayward is like Watson in that he is also a special teams guy who can play LB. Hayward's 298 plays was only second to Watson's 311. Interesting to see if he could be the mike in Smith's Tampa 2.
Andrew Economos LS
Economos has been with the Bucs since 2007 at a one-of-a-kind position. Purely a special teams guy, he has been dependable through two regimes.