There are still six weeks to go before the Bucs put on the shoulders and helmets and start training camp.
In the meantime, all of the major free agent moves have been made, and this gives time for analysts to give their review of how each team now looks on paper after some additions and subtractions.
The Bucs had quite the shake up this offseason, parting ways with some long tenured players and bringing in some new faces.
The departures consisted of letting Adam Humphries and Kwon Alexander walk in free agency, trading DeSean Jackson, and releasing one of the most high profile Buccaneers in team history, Gerald McCoy.
Combating these departures, the Bucs were busy in finding replacements for the team. In addition to hiring Bruce Arians as their new head coach, the Bucs also signed outside linebacker Shaq Barrett, wide receiver Breshad Perriman, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Additionally, they brought in some help through the draft with first round pick Devin White.
National outlets such as ESPN and CBS both gave their thoughts on the Bucs offseason, giving grades and rankings to Tampa Bay along with the rest of the NFL.
Instead of traditional A through F grades, ESPN went the way of defining each team in a category of either “Elite,” “Above Average,” “Average,” and “Too Soon To Tell.”
Due to the implementation of a different system under a new coaching staff with Bruce Arians, the Bucs found themselves in the category of “Too Soon To Tell.” Further questions were answered by ESPN Bucs’ reporter Jenna Laine, such as the biggest question still yet to be answered for the team.
Ryan Wilson from CBS Sports graded the entire NFC South on their offseason using the traditional grading scale. The common understanding as many reporters have stated is that with all the player acquisitions, the Bucs biggest move this offseason is still Bruce Arians. Of the four teams in the division, the Bucs were given the worst grade by Wilson with a C.