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Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    I know this article is about offensive free agents, but I already have these lists prepared on Word. Didn’t have time to resort. So, my bad. Got in a tight – had to go! lol.

    Bucs have 17 Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA). Which free agents should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers retain?

    Prediction: STAYING

    FS Bradley McDougald
    DE William Gholston
    WR Russell Shepard
    RB Jacquizz Rodgers
    CB Josh Robinson
    DT Akeem Spence
    C Joe Hawley
    DT Sealver Siliga

    Prediction: LEAVING

    WR Vincent Jackson
    QB Mike Glennon
    SS Chris Conte (?)
    OT Gosder Cherilus
    LB Daryl Smith
    TE Brandon Myers
    WR Cecil Shorts III
    DT John Hughes
    RB Antoine Smith

    I’m on the fence about Conte, but staying true to my mock. Lol.

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    I would like to know how the likelihood of returning percentages were calculated. The secretive out-of-the-a55 calculator?

    I think you could’ve covered it with:
    * virtual lock
    * likely
    * 50/50
    * unlikely
    * doubtful

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      Actually, I think the chances of Gosder Cherilus returning are exactly 2.138 percent.


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        Trevor Sikkema

        Just ran the numbers and this checks out

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    Glennon stinks as a starter. As a back up he’s better than average. Bet he he doesn’t become starter in NFL.

    Mac’s lost looks about right. I think Jackson and Conte might be able to work out deals to stay though. Not sure anyone is going to pay them a lot more really…..

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    Trevor – A Couple of things – first WR Josh Huff is listed as being both under contract and as an RFA, secondly G J.R. Sweezy is listed at RG – Licht and the Buccaneers have publicly stated he will be playing LG. Finally, while you have other players who were signed to future contracts listed, you did not list WR Derel Walker – whom the teams think’s enough of, to warrant giving him a $100,000 dollar signing bonus – which by nature of future contracts – is not a typical practice.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Huff is under contract, sorry for the double on his name. He’s not a RFA.

      Just going off what position they were signed to and listed under with their contracts. I’m sure they’ll play him at whichever spot they don’t have Marpet.

      And you are right, I forgot Walker who was signed after the year was over.

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    Sweezy replaces Pamphile at LG, and Pamphile moves to center?

    Im not too excited about the QBs blindside pass protection, but we will run the ball well if that is the plan

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    Since E Smith is under contract, and can back up guard, and center, why resign Hawley? He’s not the long term answer at center. He’s going to want starters money, with at least a three year deal. I’ve seen practice photos of Marpet at center, he looks awfully good in front of Jameis. He could be that guy who’s career is glued to Jameis, sort of like Jeff Saturday, and Manning. I think we line up Smith, Pamp, Marpet, J.R., Dot.

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    No I think based on the comments made this off-season by Koetter is that Marpet would move to center – Sweezy to RG and Pamphile at LG allow the team to get what it feels is its best interior grouping on the field at once – thus, giving Winston room to step up in the pocket while also opening a few more holes in the ground game.

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    The reason you resign Hawley surferdudes is because he is a better center than Evans is, which is both of their primary position.
    Are you going to diminish the quality of one starting position just so you can start a backup who is at best average at two.
    Smith is also overpaid as a backup guard/center. He is being paid starters money which he has proved he isn’t.
    Would also like to stop hearing all of this talk of moving to Marpet to center. The guy is turning into a great guard so why does every budding GM out here want to be the next Mark Dominick and turn him into a center. It makes as much sense as turning a right handed golfer into a left handed golfer just so he can “possibly” get an extra 10 yards off the tee.
    Also, has anyone else noticed how the FA signings improved this past season without Lovie Smith being involved and mucking up the selection process. Like the difference between night and day.

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      Well I am just back from a heart attack. No fun there.
      drd I am I total agreement. If it is a need at center then lets go center hunting in the draft. Marphet is a good guard. Leave him here. Horse likes the young kid on roster already. Lets see what he has in camp and preseason. I like our drafts with current staff. Hoping for more hits on picks this year. I really want to be in the playoffs this year.

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        Hope this post finds you recovering well and looking forward to a long and prosperous life. Make all the necessary lifestyle changes required and look forward. I’m pulling for you!

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        Hope you bounce back better than ever jme0151.

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      DrD: The “budding GM’s” are only repeating what Licht himself has said. I think the rationale is that guards are a bit easier to find.

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    Trevor, I enjoy all your articles so far, Great pickup by this site.

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    The difference between Smith, and Hawley is razor thin. Neither one is the long term answer at center for the Bucs. I’m not giving Hawley starters money because he’s slightly better then Smith.

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    Can we for the love of god cut Stocker he was below average as a blocker with a ton of holding calls last yr and gives zero as a passing threat, That is all!!

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      Stocker 6 catches for 23 yds o td’s BTW

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        The “Stocker Stalker” strikes again.

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    We need to keep Rodgers and Sheppard, definitely need to cut Cherilus. The rest, I wouldn’t feel too bad about losing. Let Glennon shop the market, he shouldn’t get much after the Osweiller situation. Keep him on as our backup or get a decent compensatory pick…win, win.

    I like Hawley, his grit and attitude bring a fire to the Oline. That said, he needs to be careful not to pick up penalties with his extra curricular activities. I say keep him at a low price

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