While the Bucs aren’t expected to go crazy in free agency this season, they will be looking to upgrade a number of positions. PewterReport.com takes a look at each unit over the next week, showcasing which players Tampa Bay could lose, and which players might replace them, including our Bucs’ Best Bets.
2019 Bucs Free Agents: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Griffin Tampa Bay is going all in with Jameis Winston for 2019, and new head coach Bruce Arians doesn’t want to worry about Winston looking over his shoulder or worrying about a locker room divided. Which means veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick has most likely seen his last days in Tampa Bay. Last week at the NFL Combine general manager Jason Licht said the Bucs have interest in bringing back Griffin, however the former Tulane star has never thrown a pass in an NFL regular season game, meaning Tampa Bay could be on the lookout for a veteran in case the worst case scenario of a Winston injury occurs.
Top NFL Free Agent Quarterbacks Available
1. Nick Foles – Eagles 2. Teddy Bridgewater – Saints 3. Tyrod Taylor – Browns 4. Josh McCown – Jets 5. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buccaneers
Others: Colin Kaepernick, Trevor Siemian, Geno Smith, Brock Osweiler, Robert Griffin III
Outlook: The free agent quarterback market is as it usually is – not very good. The Bucs may just re-sign Griffin and pray Winston stays healthy all season long. It is a gamble, but even the best available backup is just that – a second-string player that isn’t going to save a season that takes a turn for the worse. If a team’s backup ends up playing, for the most part, that team’s season is done. And Arians reiterated that last week in Indianapolis when speaking to the Bucs beat writers.
Bucs Best Bet: Ryan Griffin The Buccaneers could try and pull of a trade for Cardinals backup Drew Stanton, who played for Arians in Arizona, as Scott Reynolds suggested in his Bucs Battle Plan but from the free agency pool, it is slim pickings. Foles is most likely headed to Jacksonville, and the Saints would like to keep Bridgewater on the roster behind Drew Brees.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com