The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shied away from big name free agents the last few seasons. For over a year now, the front office has been set on a youth movement and building through the draft. Whether or not you approve of the Glazer's lack of spending, one analyst Andrew Brandt, former Packers VP, seems to agree with the approach.
The Bucs have taken a lot of heat for all but ignoring the free agency market and deciding to rebuild primarily through the draft. They've been called everything from cheap to imbecilic for taking that approach but there is one former NFL executive and current league analyst who seems to agree with their decision to watch from the sidelines during free agency.
"The big splash signings of free agency certainly create short-term buzz but reality soon sets in,'' Brandt wrote. "The team now has the player and his wieldy contract to go along with the expectations the signing has created, which are usually not met.''
Source: Tampa Tribune - Roy Cummings
PewterReport.com's Take: There is no right or wrong way to approach free agency. The Bucs were extremely active in free agency in 2002 and it helped them win the Super Bowl that season. On the flip side, they were extremely active in 2004 and went 5-11. Last year, the Bucs tried to land defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth who was said to be the crown jewel of free agents. Ask the Redskins how that turned out? Although with blackouts looming for the upcoming season, it is a little surprising that the team did not try to get a guy like defensive end Julius Peppers to help put some people in the seats. As it stands right now, the Bucs have what appears to be a promising group of guys they can build around. Let's just see if that promise turns into production on Sundays.