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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mock Offseason: Predicting the NFL Draft and Free Agent Moves for the Bucs

By Leo Howell - Feb 9th, 2014 at 1:59 pm




Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN.
 Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face an important offseason in 2014, as a new coach and general manager set out to turn the team around after a string of losing seasons under the previous two coaches. So who will Lovie Smith and Jason Licht bring in to bolster their team and get the Buccaneers back into the playoffs?
 
Even though it’s only February, we’re less than a month from the start of the pre-free agency period when teams can begin to talk to players and agents. So before that kicks off, here are my early thoughts on what the Buccaneers offseason could look like.
 
Extend
 
Gerald McCoy, Five years, $12 million average, 30 million guaranteed.
 
Restructure
 
Davin Joseph, Reduce salary to $1.75 million per year average, no guarantees.
 
Release
 
Michael Koenen
 
Re-sign
 
Andrew Economos
 
Dekoda Watson
 
Jonathan Casillas
 
Ted Larsen
 
Erik Lorig (All players re-signed to reasonable, 1-2 year deals for the minimum, or slightly above.)
 
Free Agents
 
QB Kellen Clemens, 2 years, $3.5 million total
 
WR/KR/PR Dexter McCluster, 3 years, $10 million total (Similar to the deal for Jacoby Jones in Baltimore a few years ago.)
 
WR Seyi Ajirotutu, 1 year, $900,000 total.
 
TE Ben Hartsock, 2 years, $2 million total
 
G Jon Asamoah, 4 years, $12 million total
 
T J’Marcus Webb, 1 year, $800,000 total
 
DE Corey Wootton, 4 years, $9 million total
 
DT Peria Jerry, 2 years, $2 million total
 
DT Fred Evans, 1 year, $850,00 total
 
LB Akeem Jordan, 2 years, $2 million
 
CB Drayton Florence, 1 year, $1.5 million total
 
S Darian Stewart, 1 year, $800,000 total
 
NFL Draft

 
1st Round: Khalil Mack, LB/DE, Buffalo
 
2nd Round: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
 
4th Round: Chris Davis, CB, Auburn
 
5th Round: Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming
 
7th Round: Jeremiah George, ILB, Iowa State
 
7th Round Compensatory Pick or Priority Undrafted Free Agent: Steven Clark, Punter, Auburn
 

Rationale
 
Extending Gerald McCoy is the story of the offseason, as the Buccaneers must do what they can to keep McCoy around for the long haul. He’s arguably the best at his position in the NFL, and deserves a hefty contract and the role as the centerpiece of the franchise.
 
While they don’t need to free up any money, the Buccaneers make a couple of money-minded moves in this mock offseason, re-working Davin Joseph’s deal to fall more in line with his present value, while also letting go of overpaid punter Michael Koenen.
 
The Bucs also bring back a few key role players on cheap contracts to maintain depth and special teams coverage ability. Dekoda Watson and Jonathan Casillas return mainly for their special teams prowess, but also for depth at linebacker.
 
The team doesn’t make any big splashes in free agency, opting to make some depth-building moves instead. The biggest addition is wide receiver and return man Dexter McCluster, who provides an instant impact as a third receiver and a special teams ace. The only other “big” signings are defensive end/defensive tackle hybrid Corey Wootton and guard Jon Asamoah, who will take over for Davin Joseph or Carl Nicks, depending on Nicks’ health.
 
The rest of the free agent moves shore up weak positions on the depth chart, with Drayton Florence proving to be the biggest name among them. Florence steps in to play nickel corner and help take pressure off of Johnthan Banks.
 
And of course, the Buccaneers add an experienced, veteran quarterback in Kellen Clemens who wasn’t awful last season for the Rams and provides an upgrade over Dan Orlovsky as the emergency plan at QB.
 
In the draft, the Buccaneers add Khalil Mack with the thought of either turning him into a defensive end, or using him in a hybrid role. They follow up the pick by adding Brandin Cooks, who provides a ton of speed and playmaking ability at wide receiver.
 
Chris Davis helps solidify the depth chart at corner as an undersized but capable cover corner. Brett Smith provides a project quarterback for Jeff Tedford to work with and develop while Glennon and Clemens compete for the starting job.
 
Jeremiah George is a productive middle linebacker who can backup Mason Foster and provide a slightly different skillset from Mason, while Steven Clark replaces Koenen as the punter.





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« #1 : February 10, 2014, 06:37:58 AM »

hate the FA and draft.  hartsock and jordan and wooten dont really bring anything to the team we dont already have.  florence is old and is clemens really an upgrade?  webb and jerry are meh.  asamoah is a fan favorite so i would like him....think 3 mil a year might be very light though.

i like mack, but where do you really play the guy?  like the cooks pick, but hate the davis pick.  i know he got auburn to the title game, but he also lost it with his laziness and effort.

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« #2 : February 10, 2014, 06:50:49 AM »

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Davin Joseph, Reduce salary to $1.75 million per year average, no guarantees.
G Jon Asamoah, 4 years, $12 million total
DE Corey Wootton, 4 years, $9 million total
WR/KR/PR Dexter McCluster, 3 years, $10 million total
the GM who makes one of this deal should be GM of the year!
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Asamoah's market is at least $6-7M per year, Wootton is a young tweener worth $4-5M per year... for McCluster it's $4M per year minimum...
LOL to Joseph for backups money, after that an agent should loose plenty of client!

is Leo Howell paid for that ****?

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« #3 : February 10, 2014, 07:49:35 AM »

If he is going for the All-Meh Offseason.....he wins.   Meh ....

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« #4 : February 10, 2014, 07:59:06 AM »

Jason Licht said that his philosophy is to find the best players who FIT the system. To me, Sam Linebacker is a nothing position in Lovie's defense and you're not taking LVD off the field so I do not see the fascination with Kalil Mack. I guess you could try fitting him in as a DE but that's not exactly a player who "Fits the system".


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« #5 : February 10, 2014, 09:46:55 AM »

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Davin Joseph, Reduce salary to $1.75 million per year average, no guarantees.
G Jon Asamoah, 4 years, $12 million total
DE Corey Wootton, 4 years, $9 million total
WR/KR/PR Dexter McCluster, 3 years, $10 million total
the GM who makes one of this deal should be GM of the year!
 ???
Asamoah's market is at least $6-7M per year, Wootton is a young tweener worth $4-5M per year... for McCluster it's $4M per year minimum...
LOL to Joseph for backups money, after that an agent should loose plenty of client!

is Leo Howell paid for that ****?


Joseph doesn't even deserve vet minimum


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« #6 : February 10, 2014, 12:05:54 PM »

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Davin Joseph, Reduce salary to $1.75 million per year average, no guarantees.
G Jon Asamoah, 4 years, $12 million total
DE Corey Wootton, 4 years, $9 million total
WR/KR/PR Dexter McCluster, 3 years, $10 million total
the GM who makes one of this deal should be GM of the year!
 ???
Asamoah's market is at least $6-7M per year, Wootton is a young tweener worth $4-5M per year... for McCluster it's $4M per year minimum...
LOL to Joseph for backups money, after that an agent should loose plenty of client!

is Leo Howell paid for that ****?


Joseph doesn't even deserve vet minimum
i agree
but overrated, overpaid or whatever we think about him, he is still starting material for some desperate GM, he is still starting material for the market (minimum value: $3 million)...
after the release some GM will be ready to offer $3-4M per year for him... we know it's a mistake but you just need one GM who dont.
Dan Connoly and Kory Lichtensteiger got more than $3M per year deal

imo if the Redskins switch to a power-blocking scheme under new coach Jay Gruden, he is a candidate to replace the undersized Kory Lichtensteiger, Joseph was one of the Bruce Allen/Jon Gruden 1st round pick, he got paid under Morris coaching era...
Raiders, Browns, Jets have a need at the position & alot of cap space... Rams, Giants, Jaguars, Chargers, Panthers... Chiefs could loose Asamoah and Schwartz in free agency... Seahawks, Cowboys... all this team looking for a Guard, in a market with only Asamoah, Schwartz and Beadles worse a good contract!

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« #7 : February 10, 2014, 10:55:14 PM »

Not a bad plan.  I don't like the Mack pick though. And I doubt Licht brings in that many free agents. I like McCluster also.



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« #8 : February 17, 2014, 06:24:09 PM »

farfetched, but oh well.

alex mack and jairus byrd in FA.  bryd takes a large but friendly deal in order to play with his dad.  run a 4-2-5 while we are paying goldson.  sign some midtier vets...louis murphy, another CB, an OG.

1 - robinson OT
2 - brandin cooks WR
4 - michael sam rush end
5 - tyler larsen OL
7 - project athlete

cut/trade penn and joseph for some cash, cut koenen.  cross our fingers on nicks health.

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« #9 : February 17, 2014, 07:37:47 PM »

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« #10 : February 17, 2014, 08:33:00 PM »

Why the hell would we want Peria Jerry?  Guy is a giant bust.

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« #11 : February 17, 2014, 09:09:05 PM »

Extend

McCoy. Get his 2014 cap hit down a few million and lock him up long term.


Restructure

Revis. Try to get him to restructure to a deal with guaranteed money and less yearly cap hit.

Nicks. Either get him to restructure to something MUCH smaller or just cut him. I'm not interested in playing that game again in 2014.


Release

OG Davin Joseph
P Michael Koenen
DE Da'quan Bowers
TE Luke Stocker


Resign

OL Jamon Meredith
LB Dekoda Watson
RB Bobby Rainey


Free Agents

WR Andre Roberts or WR Emmanuel Sanders. Affordable solid #3 WR. Good enough to be the #2 if Mike WIlliams is hurt or stupid.
TE Andrew Quarless. Underrated TE that does everything well. Wright, Quarless, and Crabtree/Steve Maneri give us a nice group of TEs.
OT Ryan Harris. Affordable #3 OT. Replaces Carimi.
OG Jon Asamoah. Replaces Joseph.
C/OG Evan Dietrich-Smith. Plays OG and center, so the coaches can figure out between he and Zuttah who plays where.
CB Nolan Carroll. Affordable upgrade at nickel.
S Major Wright. Affordable depth at safety. History with Lovie.
P Pat McAfee. Replaces Koenen.


NFL Draft

1st - DT Aaron Donald. Trade back to regain our 3rd and 6th and take the best DT in this draft. Immediate and drastic upgrade to our pass rush.

2nd - CB Kyle Fuller. Personally I feel he is the best CB in this draft. Absolute steal in the 2nd round. He can battle Nolan Carroll for the nickel, but I think he would eventually beat out Banks as the #2. This kid is a stud. He and Revis would lock things down.

3rd - DE Jeremiah Attaochu. Outstanding pass rusher. Plug him in at RE as that speed rusher we have so desperately needed.

4th - WR Josh Huff. Underrated receiver with great hands. Can battle our FA receiver to decide who is #3 and who is #4.

5th - QB Keith Wenning. A bit of a long shot, but this guy impresses me. He's not real mobile, but outside of that he has everything you want in a QB. He battles Kafka to be our #2 and likely wins.

6th - DT Zack Kerr. Huge nasty NT with surprising speed and agility. Not a huge need with McCoy, Donald, and Spence on the roster....but he could be a real gem.

7th - WR Quincy Enunwa. Big physical receiver. Plays nasty. Flashes greatness. At 6'3" 230lbs he could be a TE prospect as well.


Rationale

No huge contracts in free agency. Just solid players to fill holes and provide depth, mostly offense and especially on the O-line. Didn't add a free agent DE because we go mostly defense in the draft and upgrade the pass rush that way...but we still add a solid QB prospect and two receivers. Overall we concentrate on improving up front by upgrading the OL in free agency and the DL in the draft. Glennon gets his year to show what he really is. With these moves he should have every chance to succeed. Defense should be top 5 with this pass rush and secondary.

One alternate move we could make would be to sign Branden Albert and trade Penn. Brenden is two years younger and doesn't seem to fade late in the season like Penn. Replacing Penn with Albert would likely only cost us $1M to $2M more per year, plus we could likely get a draft pick for Penn.....so it's something to think about.
« : February 17, 2014, 09:12:44 PM JDouble »


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« #12 : February 17, 2014, 09:23:34 PM »

This is horrible and so poorly thought out.  How can someone put this in print.  There is little or no accuracy to this at all and is tantamount to throwing spaghetti at the 2014 offseason wall in hopes of some of it sticking.   Complete drivel that is it came true would guarantee another weak putrid season of mediocre football.

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« #13 : February 17, 2014, 10:23:05 PM »

farfetched, but oh well.

alex mack and jairus byrd in FA.  bryd takes a large but friendly deal in order to play with his dad.  run a 4-2-5 while we are paying goldson.  sign some midtier vets...louis murphy, another CB, an OG.

1 - robinson OT
2 - brandin cooks WR
4 - michael sam rush end
5 - tyler larsen OL
7 - project athlete

cut/trade penn and joseph for some cash, cut koenen.  cross our fingers on nicks health.



Sam is a bit of a tweener. I don't think he would be at his best as a 4-3 DE.  I see him more as a 3-4 outside LB.  But it will be interesting to see who takes him, and when.



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« #14 : February 17, 2014, 11:46:38 PM »

definitely a tweener, but certainly think he could handle passing situations.

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