With the first day of free agency starting at 4 P.M. on Wednesday, teams can officially begin to sign free agents that they have agreed to terms with after negotiating with players during the legal tampering period. The Bucs were active in signing and re-signing players in a depth role. Here are the Bucs’ signings that have now become official:

Free Agent Signings:

S/LB Deone Bucannon – One-year deal worth $2.5 million
Bucannon played safety and the “moneybacker” linebacker role with the Cardinals. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound Bucannon was a first-round draft pick to Arizona in 2014 and has played in at least 12 games every season since. Bucannon can play linebacker in a 3-4 base scheme, but his real value comes in nickel defense as a the “moneybacker” role in sub packages.

WR Breshad Perriman – One-year deal worth $4 million
Perriman, who played at UCF in Orlando, was with Cleveland last year after spending his first two years in Baltimore. The speed receiver caught 16 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns in 2018. He has caught 59 passes for 916 yards (15.5 avg.) and nine touchdowns in his three year career. Perriman was set to re-sign with the Browns for one year at $4 million, but balked at that deal once learning that Cleveland had traded for Odell Beckham, Jr. to play opposite Jarvis Landry.

P Bradley Pinion – Four-year deal
The punter spent four years on the 49ers and averaged 43.7 yards per punt during the 2018 season. Pinion also handled kickoff duties for the team, which is an important factor for the Bucs that will also be his role on Tampa Bay given Cairo Santos’ lack of power on kickoffs.

Re-signings:

RB Peyton Barber – One-year deal worth $2.125 million
Barber, who was Tampa Bay’s leading rusher in 2018 with a career high 871 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 234 carries (3.7 avg.), is expected to be the starter for the Bucs again in 2019. He was heavily praised by new head coach Bruce Arians at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I love him,” Arians said. “When you watch him on tape you don’t see his 230 (lbs), you would think he’s a 205-pound running back because he’s got great feet. Not every back’s going to be a homerun hitter, but if he gets those 10-15 yard runs, breaking tackles, power runner, punishing runner, that’s kind of how I like to start. When we’re building something, that’s the kind I like to build around.”

LB Kevin Minter – One-year deal
Signed as a midseason addition to replace Kwon Alexander, Minter had eight tackles, three special teams tackles and one sack in limited duty in five games before ending the season on injured reserve with a calf strain in December. With the switch to a 3-4 base defense under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, the team needs more linebackers and Minter is an ideal fit.

K Cairo Santos – One-year deal
Santos was signed by the Bucs midseason in November of 2018 to take over as place kicker after the team cut a struggling Chandler Catanzaro. In seven games with the Bucs, Santos went 9 of 12 on field goal attempts and a perfect 17 of 17 on extra points. He stepped in and played well at a position that has been considered cursed ever since Tampa Bay cut Matt Bryant back in 2009. Santos will continue to get a chance to defy the Bucs’ “kicker curse” in 2019 after a formidable, yet small sample size of play.

QB Ryan Griffin – Two-year deal worth $2.9 million
The quarterback has been with the team since 2015, but has yet to throw a pass in a regular season NFL game. The Bucs most likely will look for an experienced backup as well, with former starter Mike Glennon a possibility after his release from Arizona last week.

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  1. Added some solid depth guys, some with starting potential, while not breaking the bank. Like all the additions up to this point and OK with the subtractions as well.

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  2. even if some of these guys work out, 4 of the 6 are free agents again next year. i understand the bucs are doing what they have to this offseason to survive their cap crunch, but the bucs have so much work to do to build a long term roster. they really need guys like Hargreaves, Carlton Davis, and all their young OL to prove they were held back by coaching. if not those are all needs on top of the bucs probably seeking replacements for McCoy, Dotson, Ryan Jensen, and maybe even JPP in addition to all the other starting spots not adequately filled today

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  3. the highly paid guys i mentioned above are likely cuts next year, not this year

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  4. Liking things so far, not LOVING but liking. Plenty more time to LOVE this FA period, it’s still so early. Remember when JPP happened last year…

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  5. It’s hard not to get excited when you see this list of signings! So many one year deals!

    Also on the last year of their current deals:

    Jameis Winston
    Carl Nassib
    Vernon Hargreaves
    Demar Dotson
    Andre Ellington
    Peyton Barber (if he isnt signed by another team this year)
    Isaiah Johnson
    Ryan Smith
    Noah Spence

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  6. I’m happy with the signings, let’s just have a great draft and hope the top 5 picks for us end the season as starters

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  7. A lot of one year deals.

    Players playing for their lives.

    I like.

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  8. RG, CB and maybe another LB and I think the Bucs are set with this wave of free agency. Could be another surprise signing or trade. But right now if they address a few more areas I think the Bucs are ready for the draft.

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  9. Pretty weak showing. That’s what happens when you screw up free agency 5 years in a row. You run out of money. They better hope these coaches can do something with what they have.

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  10. Bucs don’t have a lot of dead money.

    Most of Bucs cap space is due to having players under contract. For example, the Bucs have most of their key guys on offense and defense locked up.

    In comparison the Jets may have a lot of cap space but they don’t have a lot of players under contract.

    Available cap space is misleading as it always doesn’t show how much dead cap space there is and who is under contract.

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  11. I appreciate the fact a lot of you are trying to stay positive, I guess my only question is since the clock struck 00:00 from last years final game, have we gotten any better? If someone has the answer and can explain how we are better right now, please elaborate. Have we truly filled pieces that were missing? We’ve lost and then minimally gained at the same time players so I wouldn’t really call that progression. It will be interesting to see how they fill a lot of our position gaps prior to the draft via IF they go and find some more decent FA’s because surely they will not all be filled or even close via the draft.

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  12. We should all know by now that the big headlines announcing free agent signings and “blockbuster” trades doesn’t mean diddlydoo come Halloween. No one really knows how the new multimillionaires will impact their new teams. For every JPP there’s a Swaggy Baker. For every Keenan McCardell there’s an Alvin Harper.

    At least for now, teams like the 49ers, Raiders, Jets and Browns, (all recent losers), are grabbing the attention; while teams like the Patriots, Packers, Steelers and this time, the mighty Bucs are on the proverbial sideline watching.

    The song, “Wake Me When It’s Over” should be playing in our heads. As I get older I try to stay off of Raheem’s roller coaster. Instead, I’m sitting on a pewter and red painted horse waiting for the merry-go-round to stop spinning around Labor Day.

    I know this much. If Jason Licht spends top dollar for a roster of players who can only muster another 5-11 season, the battle cry Gene yells will be, “Fire the GM!” Let’s hope we’re not singing, “Starting All Over Again”…………again.

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  13. On another related topic I note that we acquired Deone Bucannon as a “moneybacker” hybrid S/LB. Mark Barron ended up in a similar role. I find that ironic, to say the least.

    See https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/is-that-a-lb-or-a-safety-why-hybrid-players-are-part-of-a-growing-nfl-trend/

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  14. I don’t know why we even care about all these signings. Ian Beckles and all of the Tampa Bay Times sportswriters have already declared the Cleveland Browns to be the Super Bowl champs, and that Baker Mayfield will be the Player of the Year. Why even play the regular season games.

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  15. The giants didn’t dump him for no reason! He’s a cancer and the Browns will find out sooner than later !

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