The Bucs continue to re-sign members of their Super Bowl team, the latest being wide receiver Antonio Brown. On Wednesday morning, Tampa Bay brought Brown back on a one-year deal worth $3.1 million. The deal is fully guaranteed and includes a $2 million signing bonus. If all of the incentives are reached, the contract will be worth up to $6.25 million.
So with Brown re-joining the best receiver room in the NFL, does that prevent the Bucs from selecting a receiver in this year’s draft? No, it doesn’t.
It just might take the temptation to draft a receiver in the first two rounds off the table due to a crowded depth chart. But there is still a future need at the position, and that’s what the Bucs’ draft strategy is all about in 2021.
Here is a look at Tampa Bay’s wide receiver roster and the years remaining on those players’ contracts.
Signed Through 2023
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Mike Evans – Pro Bowl starter
Tyler Johnson – Key depth – fifth-round draft pick in 2020
Signed Through 2022
Scotty Miller – Key rotational player
Cyril Grayson – Not a lock to make the roster
Travis Jonsen – Not a lock to make the roster
Josh Pearson – Not a lock to make the roster
Signed Through 2021
Chris Godwin – Pro Bowl starter (franchise tag)
Antonio Brown – Key rotational player
Justin Watson – Special teamer – not a lock to make the roster
Jaydon Mickens – Special teamer – not a lock to make the roster
John Franklin – Not a lock to make the roster
The Bucs expect to sign Godwin to a long-term extension prior to March 2022. Should that happen, only Godwin, Evans, Miller and Johnson could be left by the start of the 2022 season. With the Bucs carrying at least five – and most of the time – six receivers, don’t rule out Tampa Bay drafting a receiver for competition this year.
Florida State WR Tamorrion Terry – Photo by: USA Today
While the Bucs likely won’t spend an early round pick on another wideout due to Brown’s re-signing, Tampa Bay could target a receiver in rounds 3-7 to help on special teams. One outlier could be Florida’s Kadarius Toney if he’s still on the board in the late second round. He’s been compared to a younger Brown inside the Bucs’ building.
More likely picks at receiver later in the draft include: Stanford’s Simi Fehoko, Houston’s Maquez Stevenson, Florida’s Trevon Grimes, Florida State’s Tamorrion Terry, UCLA’s Demetric Felton, Arkansas State’s Jonathan Adams, LSU’s Racey McGrath, Charleston’s Mike Strachan, Notre Dame’s Ben Skowronek and Illinois’ Josh Imatorbhebhe.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org