With free agency most fans get excited about the newest faces that will join their team for the upcoming season. But it is also about keeping some familiar faces around.

The Bucs took the first step in doing just that with safety Bradley McDougald, tendering him an offer that should keep him part of the Bucs secondary through 2016. McDougald was tendered a one-year contract worth $2.553 million and comes with a second-round designation. That means that another team would have to forfeit a second-round pick to sign McDougald away from the Bucs this offseason.

McDougald’s journey to Tampa Bay began after joining the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Tampa Bay claimed McDougald off of waivers, and the former Kansas Jayhawk backed up Mark Barron in the secondary but didn’t record any stats.
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Following the trade of Barron to the Rams, Mcdougald was part of the safety rotation, and he recorded 50 tackles and an interception in a reserve role.

The team had high expectations for McDougald in 2015, but he, like most of the defense didn’t play as well as expected. McDougald finished 2015 with 87 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions, including the game-clinching turnover against Dallas late in the fourth quarter.

Last week the Bucs tendered ERFA (exclusive rights free agent) linebacker Jeremiah George. As an ERFA the Bucs can’t lose him to another team and his 2016 salary is set at $600,000. As PewterReport.com reported earlier this week, the Bucs are not expected to tender linebacker Danny Lansanah who turns 31 in August.

Two more players also will return to Tampa Bay as the Bucs tendered Andrew DePaola (6-2, 230). The Bucs long snapper has spent the last two seasons with Tampa Bay (2014-15), playing in all 32 contests, registering eight special teams tackles.

And the Bucs second-leading sacker Jacquies Smith also received his ERFA tender on Wednesday. Smith came to the Buccaneers after being claimed off of waivers from the Buffalo Bills in 2014. During the past two seasons with Tampa Bay (2014-15), Smith has started 18-of-27 contests, totaling 39 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries (one for touchdown) and three passes defensed. Smith’s 7.0 sacks last season ranked second on the team.

 – Part of this report courtesy of the Buccaneers PR Department

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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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drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Travis Benjamin is about to sign with the Chargers.
We didn’t even show any interest in him that I know of.
Main reason probably is because off money that the Bus have plenty of but don’t want to part with.
How d you spell cheap.
G-L-A-Z-E-R.

plopes808
plopes808
5 years ago

We’re doing well keeping our quality players. Time to focus on Doug and go after Vernon hard!

nmkinley
nmkinley
5 years ago

These are all good tenders/signings. But the masses will continue to cry foul if lots of money isn’t spent. Yes, let’s try to win March – that always leads to wonderful team success in the fall….!

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  nmkinley
5 years ago

Agreed, but you see people like DRD don’t get it. They want to win free agency every year. The last time the Bucs did that, it worked out wonderfully. We would like to always get the big name free agents, but teams like Arizona, New England, Greenbay, they all NEVER dig into free agency.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Quit putting words in my mouth, cgmaster. I will say however that Benjamin had a good season last year, has very good speed and is young and experienced enough to had been a good pickup. Even PR thought so as do I and yes, I would have liked to have seen us sign him. The problem is plopes is the Bucs haven’t signed Martin yet when they already should have. The Bucs have over 60 million in unused cap money cgmaster. What do you think they should do with all of it if the Glazer’s don’t sign Martin, put it… Read more »

wnb0395
wnb0395
5 years ago

Bucs just resigned Martin

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
5 years ago

It’s called a salary cap, DRD. And while you seem to think they should just go ahead and throw 8- 10 million for a running back who’s played two seasons, just look at what moves like that do for teams like New Orleans. You do realize this team is going to have to break the bank in three or 4 years right? Not saying you can’t spend now, I’m just saying do it right. You seem to want to throw our entire 60 million dollar cap into free agents, who aren’t worth it. I brought up mario WIlliams last time,… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  cgmaster27
5 years ago

ON a side note we signed him for 7 million a year, suppose he wanted 8 or more, we just saved ourselves money by being patent and note throwing money at the wall.

Ronald
Ronald
5 years ago

Signing Doug was a big help toward the overall strategy of going after D in draft. Would like to sigh another OL in free agency.