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.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

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 mark@pewterreport.com
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Pete Wood
2 years ago

That is slim pickings indeed. I wish the Bucs would just re-sign Fitz. What is Winston afraid of? If he plays well, he’ll be the starting QB. Plain and simple. Fitz is not gunning for his job.
I like another Arizona back up QB for the Bucs. Mike Glennon. I wonder what it would take to get him. He’s probably too expensive.

Easythe great
2 years ago

I swear Ryan Griffin must have nudes of someones spouse holding it as blackmail.

2 years ago

Bortles will become available. Maybe BA can make a capable back up of him, or make him of trade value down the line.

2 years ago

Fitz will start elsewhere I am positive his numbers will be far better than Bust#3
Will bring it up till fredster and Cg scream.

2 years ago

There was no division in the Bucs locker room last year over who who should start.

Only one player came out in support of Fitz and that was MeShawn Jackson. Big surprise.

After the Steelers game Fitz was never able to hit Jackson long again and he had four more games to do it in.

Fitz proved who he was last year. A capable backup who is good enough to win two or three games for you but not good enough to carry a team.

I say aign him if you can and get rid of the loudmouth Jackson.

Reply to  drdneast
2 years ago

Impossible for anyone to say there was no divide in locker room unless you were actually in it. If you’ve ever been in one you’d know typically what happens and is said in there stays in there, aside from the few “look at me” players who think it’s a good idea to voice their agenda’s publicly.

2 years ago

Big surprise you feel that way BucAssBob.
I mean all of the facts point to him doing just as you say.
Oh, I forgot, like a Trump supporting cultist, you don’t believe in facts, just your gut.
And your gut has a lot of hate doesn’t it.

Reply to  drdneast
2 years ago

No I beleave Fitz is better QB rating back that

Reply to  drdneast
2 years ago

dr – first please don’t bring our country’s political divide to this forum, it’s exhausting enough trying to avoid with family and friends and I have filters in place on forums, etc., not to see any post with propaganda on either party – although I extensively read many articles from both sides, domestic and internationally (one of the last of the purple!). I come here for a break to debate escape from life which sports provide. Everyone on the forum knows BABob is infatuated with Jameis – as I’ve said previously and heard throughout my life the opposite of love/hate… Read more »

Reply to  dbenn2012
2 years ago