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In this week’s edition of the Bucs Pewter Nation Podcast, Scott Reynolds, Mark Cook and Trevor Sikkema take a deep dive into the early free agency period. Why aren’t the Bucs doing anything? Do they want to go 5-11? Do they even have a plan? Yes, they do. We answer that and more – like who they could still sign within that plan.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Bucs had the most cash to spend in the nfc!! Yet did nothing to speak of so far and only excuses given.

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    • If we do not make the playoffs this year. Licht should definitely be fired, he is 22-42 as GM. Nothing so far to address the pass rush, secondary, and we most likely just lost Ryan Jensen to the Colts. He really needs to redeem himself.

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  2. Gotta say the pod cast got off too slow with sideways banter…clicked out

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    • You were about to invest yourself into a 43-minute podcast but decided to click out after 90 seconds because we sarcastically addressing that people don’t enjoy when we also try to make them laugh a little bit in the intros before getting to, oh by the way, basically 38-40 minutes of pure Bucs analysis?

      OK.

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      • yeah…when the lights go on….perform. I mostly prefer to read rather than listen on the internet so maybe that played a part…

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  3. I wish I could say I am surprised or disappointed that we entered this offseason with gaping holes at RB, OL, DE, CB, Free Safety….and we look to head into the draft having filled none of them (fingers still crossed)…but to be surprised or disappointed I would have to ignore the fact that we did the exact same thing last year, and not only entered the draft that way but exited the draft that way too.

    It’s just not Licht’s M.O. He’s not trying to fill out our roster, he’s just adding as best he thinks he can based on the supply that he sees as interesting/cheap.

    It’s a bold strategy for sure – after getting his fingers burned as a rookie GM, he’s certainly not interested in doing that again. With a winning percentage of 34% over his tenure, maybe bold is the best we can say about that strategy….or maybe it’s too early? Fingers crossed!

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  4. playoffs ! I hope so, we did keep our own free agents. that would be nice signings for any other team if they let them leave. what would have Mike E. would have got on the open market? I do think our division foes are slipping back some. more than we are improving. it is march tho. C Mac Jason’s best free agent signing from another team.

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  5. Yes, everyone knows by now that Licht wants to lose. His goal is to be fired. The guys on this board have a vast and better knowledge of football than he will ever have. He is ill-prepared, has a mental illness, and was brought here to torture us. He is incapable of forming a strategy for FA and the draft, sleeps in everyday, and cares not a wit whether the Buccaneers win or lose. He takes great pleasure in the torment of Buccaneer fans, that’s his oonly goal in life. Thus, you see he’s really a winner because he’s achieving his main objective. Tonight on FOX news there will be a special segment on his conspiracy against the Tampa Bay community.

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    • Hahaha buddah…

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    • Funny. In seriousness, it’s not a question of intent, it’s a question of results. I’m sure he’s trying, but the results are what they are….34% over 4 years. And yes, I’ve given the statistical results on PR before, but a proxy for the PR armchair fan on draft day is the suite of pundits…Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, etc., and their results would be better than Lichts. His first draft is staring hard at having 1 guy left…we’re arguably more reliant still on Dom’s picks than Lichts…and Dom was no GM genius.

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      • Great to have an opinion, even better though to have an educated one. Dominik’s remaining picks- McCoy (’10), David & Tandy (’12) and zero from ’11 and ’13. Licht’s remaining picks – Evans & possibly Pamphile (’14), Winston, D Smith, Marpet & Alexander (’15), Hargreaves, Spence, R Smith, Benenoch & Bond (’16) and Howard, Evans, Godwin, Beckwith & Stevie T (’17). Not sure how you get that we’re more reliant on Dominik’s remaining 3 picks than Licht’s 15 (maybe 16), but it’s a cool theory. The draft really hasn’t been Licht’s short-coming, finding the vet FA’s to supplement those picks has been.

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        • If ya wanna nitpick though, you could say his draft classes fluctuate from strong to “meh” every year by looking at the players. Though might be a little too early to consider ’16 a “meh” class at this point.

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        • I said it’s arguable 🙂 ….the argument one could make is that Gerald McCoy is still far and away our best player, the only player we have repeatedly being selected for the probowl, and Lavonte David is (again arguably) #2. Per pff, our best Olman, perennially is Demar Dotson (not a draft selection, but another Dom find). Keith Tandy in the 7th round just shows that a broken clock is right twice per day, for Dom or for Licht.

          The fact that Licht has more players on the roster now is simply a matter of him having the 4 most recent draft classes…no GM cuts the guys (particularly his high round picks) he’s just chosen unless they really, really are awful….like a certain 2nd round kicker.

          I do wonder how many of Pamphille, R Smith, Benenoch, Bond, Spence, Heargraves, Stevie T, will still be on the roster in two years time….those names sound a lot like Means, Bell, Clay, Herron, Edwards, ASJ, McNichols, Vitale, J Banks, A Spence, etc., all guys who at one point recently had playing time and/or seeming promise…but turned out to be JAGs, and JAGs get cut…it’s just the way it is the NFL.

          Quality versus quantity would perhaps be the argument, although again, I’m no fan of Doms’s

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  6. Look, I’ve read all the articles out there saying after re-signing existing players and saving another ~6 mill for rookies, we will have somewhere between 25-30 mil in actual cap space (not including potentially unloading Ayers + Sweezy). That spells 2-3 impact players to be acquired in FA. So, from what I see there are a few different reasons for our lack of FA movement.
    1. Past failures in free agency have led to the Glaziers handcuff Licht
    2. Glaziers are monitoring large contracts that Licht may bring on to salvage 2018, but cash strap the franchise in future years.
    3. 2017 was an outlier. That the team constructed is able to win now and there were not free agents Licht believed were able to help.

    2018 season is going to be telling!

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  7. Great Pod Cast Guys!! I think some of these posters should listen to it again and hear the truth of what J Licht is doing. Like it or not fans, the Podcast explained what there really doing. Even though it’s frustrating there setting us up great for the long run. We’ve signed all our great players and were not in cap hell like most teams. But there gonna have to have a great draft and win a lot of games this year. I don’t think Licht gets fired even if Koetter does. IMO. GO BUCS!!!

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  8. Bucs have no plans to improve the team they are happy winning 4-5 games a year keeps salaries down and tricks fans into thinking they are trying, No they are participating in the NFL only. They made no coaching changes and seems like they only used salary cap to give raises to players they already had. Problem is this year they only have one team on the schedule that on paper they can beat that being the Cleveland Browns,
    this year there are no losing teams to win a few games with if Cleveland improves with draft Bucs could be looking straight at 0-16.

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  9. This Podcast and listening to the Tampa Bay Bucs beat writers due interviews on the radio all I hear is excuses for this so called Bucs leadership. Only thing the Bucs did this offseason is lower expectations. One of the biggest problems are the Bucs media doesn’t hold the GM or the accountable.

    Mike Evans and Camron Brate press conference there was not one question about how they are going to improve this team. Instead there was nothing but softball questions about everything but football. One would think they was resigning players from an 11-5 team instead of a 5 and 11 team. Just to be totally honest there is no accountability from the top to the bottom of the Bucs organization to include the people that cover team (Pewter Report).

    Let me take that back Mark Cook knows about holding people accountable. Yesterday he texted into 620 WDAE to let the host of the Ron and JP show know that Beau Allen made a few more tackles than what the host (Ron) said on the radio. All Ron was doing is giving voice to the Bucs fans frustration. Beau have two and half sacks in three years, give me a break Mark! I just like how the Pewter Report gang was so condescending to the fans on this podcast, like they are the smartest people on the earth.

    Scott it is not smart for a GM to resign players early from a team that went 5 and 11 and haven’t made the playoffs since he became the BUCs GM. When the Bucs resigned Lynch, Sapp and Brooks the Bucs was making the playoffs. Just to let you know we had a bigger problem stopping the pass than we had against the run. A lot of teams was throwing for first downs on 3rd and long. I think Pewter Report needs to respect the fans voice a little more than they do.

    All Bucs fans would like to see is, the Bucs leadership are doing all they can do to make the Bucs a better team. If Stevie Wonder can see that the Bucs is not doing their Job, we don’t need you’ll to try and explain or rationalize the Bucs leadership failures. You can’t put lipstick on a pig guys. Is it me or did you’ll notice that there was no leadership at Beau press conference? I guess even the GM or coach didn’t want to put their name on that signing. If the Bucs leadership is not willing to put their name on the way this offseason has started why should Pewter Report.

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  10. I cannot believe you called Keenan McCardell a B-player. One of the most underrated flankers ever.

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