By Brian Kalchik @BrianKalchik on April 28, 2014
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gone through plenty of changes this offseason -- some positive and some negative. The Buccaneers lost a host of players like Davin Joseph and Donald Penn, but they did gain players like Anthony Collins and Evan Dietrich-Smith.
While the Buccaneers have had a productive offseason so far, here are five of the their biggest mistakes up to this point.
The Buccaneers' offensive line was not as bad as everyone thinks it was, and center Jeremy Zuttah was one of Tampa's better players. Zuttah got stuck in a terrible situation with a rookie quarterback and turmoil in the organization, but he is now a Baltimore Raven. Even though Evan Dietrich-Smith is a good player in his own right, the Buccaneers overpaid for him.
The decision to trade WR Mike Williams was the correct one, but seeing who was behind him, this was a mistake at the time. The Buccaneers now have Chris Owusu as their No. 2 receiver behind Vincent Jackson. The team will find a wide receiver in the draft, but at this point, not having a proven No. 2 receiver was a big mistake so far.
The Darrelle Revis trade in 2013 turned out to be one of the biggest flops in NFL history, and after just one season, Tampa Bay got nothing in return for him. The Buccaneers tried to trade Revis, but the team failed to find a suitable partner. Even a fourth or fifth-round pick later in the trade talks would have been enough of a return for a corner who was on the way out.
I may be in the minority here, but replacing Revis with Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner is not much of an upgrade. I get that Verner has been a Pro Bowl player, but he has never been on a winning team in Tennessee and had only one good season (in a contract year) for the Titans in his first four years.
Signing 37-year old quarterback Josh McCown to be the next starting quarterback for the Buccaneers is another horrible decision. While there is a new regime in place and Mike Glennon struggled last year as a rookie, McCown excelled in a Bears offense under Marc Trestman that has made quarterbacks successful. Also, the Buccaneers don't have a good No. 2 receiver right now to help McCown.
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