The Buccaneers made several big moves in free agency since Tuesday at 4 p.m. and are in the process of overhauling the roster. Here is a recap of all the moves that have taken place since last weekend.
While most expected new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht to be active in free agency, no one could have predicted the frenzy of movement that started on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The transactions actually started last weekend with the release of long-time guard Davin Joseph, freeing up $6 million dollars in cap space that was promptly used to start the rebuilding of the team’s roster. Although things are beginning slowing down somewhat, there is bound to be more free agent signings, and possibly more releases over the next week.
Below is a recap of the transactions and links to PewterReport.com’s stories covering every thing that happened over the last seven days.3-8 Bucs Release Veteran Joseph
In a cost-cutting move, the Buccaneers released Joseph
, a former Pro Bowler who struggled in 2013 in his return from a knee injury. Releasing the former Sooner standout saved the Buccaneers $6 million in cap space and the purge and revamping of the roster was underway.3-11 Tampa Bay Signs Bengals Free Agent DE Michael Johnson
Desperately needing a speed rusher, the Buccaneers made a big splash in free agency, signing Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson
to a five-year deal worth $43.75 million. Over the past two seasons, Johnson has produced 15 sacks and two forced fumbles. Smith made it clear that Johnson would be the Bucs starting right defensive end and Adrian Clayborn will be in the mix with the other roster defensive linemen for the left DE spot.3-11 Buccaneers Sign Seahawks DT Clinton McDonald
To bolster the team's depth at defensive tackle and give the Bucs a starting nose tackle, Tampa Bay signed Seattle defensive tackle Clinton McDonald
to a four-year, $12 million deal. McDonald had 5.5 sacks for the Super Bowl champions Seahawks last year.3-11 Tampa Bay Adds TE Brandon Myers
The Buccaneers added some firepower to the tight end position in free agency, landing Brandon Myers
of the New York Giants with a two-year, $4.25 million contract. Myers will compete with Tim Wright and Tom Crabtree for the right to start in 2014.3-11 Bucs Bring In A Replacement For Revis, Sign Alterraun Verner
With Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis’ upcoming release by Tampa Bay on Wednesday, the Buccaneers found his replacement with the acquisition of Tennessee CB Alterraun Verner.
The Pro Bowl defensive back signed a four-year, $26.5-million contract with the Bucs.3-11 Tampa Bay Releases Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis After Failing To Find Trade Partner
A year after acquiring Darrelle Revis in a blockbuster deal with the Jets, Tampa Bay released the Pro Bowler
to free up $16 million in salary cap space and draft picks. The Bucs signed Alterraun Verner and most likely are still in the market to add some defensive backfield depth. The Buccaneers saved $16 million in salary cap space and now will only lose a fourth round draft pick instead of a third had Revis still been on the roster on Wednesday at 4 p.m.3-12 Bucs Sign Bear Free Agent McCown; Smith Names Him Starter
The Buccaneers continued to be active in free agency, adding veteran Josh McCown
with a two-year deal worth $10 million. Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said McCown will go into the offseason as the team's starting quarterback over Mike Glennon, who started 13 games last year as a rookie.3-13 Bucs Cut Ties With Penn
Another long-time Bucs offensive lineman was released
on Thursday as left tackle Donald Penn joined guard Davin Joseph as players cut as a cost-saving measure by new head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht. Penn joined the Buccaneers in 2006 and has started over 100 straight games since 2007.3-13 Tampa Bay Tabs Collins As Starting Left Tackle
The Buccaneers' overhaul of their offensive line continues with the expected signing of Cincinnati's Anthony Collins
, who has the versatility to play left or right tackle. The signing of Collins to a lucrative long-term deal meant the end of left tackle Donald Penn's tenure in Tampa Bay.3-14 Bucs Continue Overhaul, Sign Packers Center Dietrich-Smith
The Bucs continue to make a splash in free agency by overhauling the team's offensive line. On Friday, Tampa Bay added former Green Bay center Evan Dietrich-Smith
with a four-year, $14.25-million deal. Does the acquisition of Dietrich-Smith puts Jeremy Zuttah's future with Tampa Bay in question?3-14 Reynolds Offers Up Risk And Rewards Of 2014 Free Agent Haul
The Buccaneers were one of the busiest teams at the start of the 2014 NFL free agency period, signing nine unrestricted free agents, including their of their own. PewterReport.com's Scott Reynolds analyzes the risks and rewards
of each signing by Tampa Bay.3-14 SR’s Fab 5 Offers Latest Scoop And Thoughts On Bucs
Lots of Bucs free agency insight and analysis
, plus scoop on Tampa Bay's draft, the team's interest in Fresno State QB Derek Carr, the reality of the Darrelle Revis trade and how Lovie Smith's faith has been a huge selling point to free agents is all found in this edition of SR's Fab 5.
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