This FA class wasn't bad. You don't see a slew of super stars in FA and what you saw in guys like Cox, Toller, Lewis and Smith are what regular NFL starters look like. These guys aren't trash. They were on some pretty good pass defenses and all these guys were fairly well regarded. The funnier thing would be to look back at the threads on these cats before FA and see how opinions have morphed on this board. None of these guys are erasers but teams like NYJ this year, KC, Car, Buffalo, Det and so on are top 15 units without any big name CBs.
I thought the opinions were warped before FA, honestly. I think if you could take all the best years each player had and assume that was the norm, then sure - it was a good class. But these guys were roller coasters and I didn't see a lot of effort by their current teams to keep them.
And sure, I'd love to have picked up Smith - but that was based as raw attributes and the hope that they could help him put it all together, not so much on his past performance. Cox was a constantly banged up CB on a terrible pass D. Funny, but when we hired Tony Oden, there weren't a lot of supporters. Much more love for the guy playing on that bad defense.
I'm not sure what you are talking about in the last sentence. KC was the 31st worst pass defense according to FO. Buffalo was 22nd, and Det 21. The best of that bunch was NYJ, at 10, and last time I checked, they started two former round 1 picks (not including the 2 games they got from Revis) at CB.
I honestly don't know what the Bucs plan is. I do know that they've made it fairly clear that what they've got at CB isn't good enough. And I also know they aren't in the habit of telling us what their plan is.