The Current State Of The Buccaneers

The Buccaneers overcame a brutal travel schedule created by the NFL that played a role in a disappointing 2-6 start in the 2019 season – the first with head coach Bruce Arians at the helm – to finish 5-2 down the stretch for a 7-9 record. While that is a two-game improvement over Tampa Bay’s 5-11 finishes to both the 2017 and ’18 campaigns, the Bucs had a chance to wind up with a 9-7 record, but dropped their two last home games against Houston and Atlanta.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Getty Images

Now Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht and Arians need to make one of the biggest decisions in franchise history – to carry on with former 2015 first-round pick Jameis Winston or move in a different direction at quarterback. Winston is coming off a record-setting season in which he threw for 5,109 yards with 33 touchdowns, but also became the first QB in NFL history to throw at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.

Not all of the Bucs’ nine losses were on Winston, but his seven pick-sixes last year certainly didn’t help, and set a dubious NFL record. Wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin each made it to the Pro Bowl along with outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who led the league with 19.5 sacks, which broke Warren Sapp’s franchise record of 16.5. Barrett was the best free agent signing in the NFL last year, and helped Todd Bowles’ 3-4 defense become a formidable unit by the end of the season after Tampa Bay’s young secondary got shredded in the first half of the year, but improved in December.

The Bucs recorded 47 sacks last year, which was the second-most in team history, and now Barrett, outside linebackers Jason Pierre-Paul and Carl Nassib are unrestricted free agents, along with defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh, Beau Allen and Rakeem Nunez-Roches. Aside from figuring out the QB position, Licht and Arians will attempt to re-sign nearly all of the free agents on the defensive side of the ball to keep the defense intact.

Other free agents on the Bucs offense include right tackle Demar Dotson, who will turn 35 this year, running back Peyton Barber and third-string receiver Breshad Perriman, who stepped up big down the stretch for Tampa Bay when Evans and Godwin saw their seasons come to a premature end in December due to hamstring injuries. There is a chance Dotson returns on a one-year deal to provide some veteran leadership and help groom a young offensive tackle as Tampa Bay is likely to address the position early in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Barber likely won’t return unless for a cheap, one-year deal to provide competition in training camp because he knows the offense. He lost his starting job to Ronald Jones II last December and probably won’t have much of a market in free agency.

While Perriman had a career year in terms of production, there are two schools of thought on his potential return to Tampa Bay. First, he may have priced himself out of the Bucs’ reach and could fetch a deal worth in excess of $6 million that the team likely wouldn’t match. Or, with just half a season’s worth of production and a draft that is super deep at the receiver position, there might not be much of a market for Perriman as a result, and he could come back to the Bucs on a similar one-year, $4 million deal once again.

Explaining Pewter Report’s Bucs Battle Plans For The 2020 Offseason

PewterReport.com writers Scott Reynolds, Mark Cook, Jon Ledyard, Matt Matera and Jon Ledyard have devised their own Bucs’ Battle Plans For The 2020 Offseason that feature free agent signings, trades, roster moves and draft picks designed to aid Tampa Bay’s quest to end a playoff drought that has lasted since 2008. I’ve got the first Bucs’ Battle Plan, so let me know what you think of it in the comments section below.

Remember, these Bucs Battle Plans are how the PewterReport.com staff members would reshape the team this offseason – not necessarily what we think Tampa Bay will do in free agency and the draft, although there could be some overlap with certain players the team may be targeting.

The Bucs begin the 2020 offseason with approximately approximately $80 million in available salary cap space, according to OverTheCap.com. Salary cap information and contract data from both OverTheCap.com and Spotrac.com were used in the Bucs Battle Plan series.

Cook’s Bucs Battle Plan For The 2020 Offseason

Trade Away TE O.J. Howard

The Buccaneers love Howard’s athleticism, but he wasn’t able to really put it all together in Arians’ offense last year. With that said, the tight end position isn’t exactly a focal point anyway, and the Dolphins – with three first-rounders – are willing to part with the 26th overall pick in return for Howard and Tampa Bay’s second-round pick in 2021.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs TE O.J. Howard – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Tampa Bay feels comfortable heading into the offseason with a healthy Cameron Brate, Antony Auclair and will let some of the young guys battle it out for the backup spot. The Bucs might even grab another tight end late in the draft to develop.

Brate is asked to take a pay cut, and despite having some leverage, I talk Brate into a base salary of $3.5 million to stay in Tampa Bay, saving $2.5 million.

Buccaneers’ Free Agent Signings From Other Teams

QB Tom Brady – 3 years, $90 million
Here is the big one – quarterback Tom Brady. I still feel it is a huge gamble to allow Jameis Winston to walk away, and like in the case of the QB ghosts of Tampa Bay past (Doug Williams, Steve Young, Trent Dilfer) this one might come back to bite them in the rear. But I am able to convince Brady to end his career in Tampa where he can get out from underneath the shadows of Bill Belichick and make an even bigger case that he is the best quarterback of all-time by helping to turn around the Bucs.

Patriots QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Getty Images

That, combined with no state income tax, a great offensive mind in Bruce Arians, and weapons galore makes the Bucs the right choice. The Titans, 49ers and the Raiders all make a play for the future first-ballot Hall of Famer, but in the end it all falls together for a Brady-to-the-Bucs scenario. Season tickets sales immediately are the hottest commodity in Tampa Bay and the Glazers are beyond pleased.

S Tony Jefferson – 2 years, $8 million
The safety position remains an unknown with the prognosis for Justin Evans still up in the air. The Bucs are still high on Mike Edwards and Jordan Whitehead, and think D’Cota Dixon has a chance to develop, but with thew window of opportunity for a deep playoff run with Arians at the helm, it’s time to secure the secondary with a veteran presence to team up with a lot of young players. Jefferson is coming off knee injury but should be ready for training camp and will fit in nicely in defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ scheme. I get Jefferson cheap who likes the idea of a one-year drive it deal and the thought of reuniting with Arians and Bowles.

Buccaneers’ Cuts

With roughly $48.5 million in salary cap space after signing Brady and Jefferson, and Brate’s pay cut, I don’t have to make any roster moves for the sole purpose of creating more cap space. I would restructure center Ryan Jensen’s contract from $10 million to $7.5 million, but guaranteeing the last year of his deal also at $7.5 in 2021. That gives Tampa Bay an additional $2.5 million in camp space. That leaves Tampa Bay around $51 million in cap space.

Unrestricted Free Agent Re-signings

OLB Shaquil Barrett – 4 years, $64 million
Barrett was the most important defensive piece to be re-signed. At $16 million person season on average, its is a great value for a player who led the NFL in sacks in 2019. While Barrett may never see that many sacks again, his presence on the field will help create sacks for other players.

OLB Jason Pierre-Paul – 2 years, $22 million
There are some concerns about Pierre-Paul’s health over the course of a full 16-game schedule, but the need for his leadership and will to win was too much to risk losing in a critical year for the franchise. I allow JPP to see what else is out there, but his desire to play for Bowles and finish what he started beings him back in red and pewter on a two-year deal.

Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

WR Breshad Perriman – 1 year, $4 million
Perriman will test the open market and there could a team gamble on offering the former first round draft pick a multi-year deal, but with such limited and inconsistent success, Perriman banks on putting together a full 16-game highlight reel with hopes of cashing in next offseason.

DT Beau Allen – 1 year, $3 million
Although he will be 29 this year, Allen’s commitment to the team and his bond with his teammates is impressive enough to being back on a one-year deal to help provide depth and leadership to a fairly young defensive line.

RT Demar Dotson – 1 year, $3 million
The old man comes back for one last hurrah and the Bucs are glad to have him. While I plan to draft his successor next month, starting a rookie can be a gamble and Dotson’s value will be as a mentor and a backup. Dotson deserves to be part of what I hope is a playoff run in 2020.

CB Ryan Smith – 1 year, $1 million
You hope Smith doesn’t have to see a whole lot of action as a cornerback, but his value is on special teams where he remains one of the NFC’s best. It was no coincidence that the Bucs special teams improved once Smith returned from his four-game suspension last season.

ILB Kevin Minter – 1 year, $800,000
Minter was invaluable to the team as a fill-in and also a mentor to rookie Devin White. Minter should be back to continue to share his knowledge and in an emergency,  take over for White or David at any point.

DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches – 1 year, $800,000
Well liked among his teammates, Nunez-Roches is signed for one season with an opportunity to show he deserves more snaps – and money – down the road. His versatility and toughness are attractive qualities and another year in Bowles’ scheme should produce even more success.

Bucs DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Bucs DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

OT Josh Wells – 2 years, $1.5 million
Wells showed enough in 2019 when he filled in for Donovan Smith for a start at Detroit to be brought back at a modest salary with a second year option. Wells isn’t likely to develop into more than just a short-term fill-in player, but depth is key and Wells is worth the price. He has the ability to play both left and right tackle, and the versatility helps the Bucs’ offensive line.

Unrestricted Free Agents Not Re-signed

QB Jameis Winston
This is the biggest gamble I take. Allowing Winston to walk could be the worst decision of the offseason, and had Brady not been available I would have brought Winston back, no question. But it a win-now mentality under Arians, and the opportunity to being the top QB of all time to Tampa Bay swayed me in this decision. I have little doubt Winston will succeed in the NFL and perhaps even one day win a Super Bowl.

DT Ndamukong Suh 
This will be one of the more unpopular decisions, but football is a business and paying Suh what he made last season was too much to handle to allow me to sign Brady and Jefferson. I will look to replace Suh in the draft and wish him well in the future.

RB Peyton Barber
Great kid and great story, but just mediocre results. This team needs to be more dynamic moving forward at the running back position to help create more balance for Brady and the offense and Barber just isn’t the guy to be impactful enough to justify bringing him back.

Bucs RB Peyton Barber
Bucs RB Peyton Barber – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

QB Blaine Gabbert
Arians loves Gabbert and he will stay on my radar as camp opens and if depth is needed he will be the first person I call. 

S Darian Stewart
With D’Cota Dixon hopefully staying healthy this year and the addition of Jefferson, Stewart is expendable.

OLB Sam Acho
Acho was an injury replacement player last year, but the Bucs don’t have a need for him this season with Barrett and Pierre-Paul, plus the development of soon to be second-year player Anthony Nelson.

RT Jerald Hawkins
Hawkins was a reserve offensive tackle last year, but Wells proved to be the better player in practice and got the playing time when injuries hit.

FS Andrew Adams
Andrews has been one of the most dependable players in the secondary, but just being dependable isn’t enough. Like last season, if the position is hit hard with injuries, Adams could be brought back if he remains a free agent.

Restricted Rights Free Agents Re-signed

TE Antony Auclair – 1 Year, $2.5 Million
The Bucs like Auclair’s run blocking and have seen improvements in his receiving ability and route-running. He’s worth bringing back on a cheap, one-year tender offer. Doing so gives Tampa Bay about $7.6 million left to sign draft picks and in-season injury replacements.

Bucs TE Antony Auclair – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Exclusive Rights Free Agents Re-signed

TE Tanner Hudson – 1 year, $750,000
With Howard being traded, Hudson moves up a spot on the depth chart but will need to develop quickly as a more well rounded tight end to make the final 53-man roster. That means improving as a run blocker.

WR Bryant Mitchell – 1 year, $750,000
Mitchell was having a solid camp in 2019 before an Achilles injury derailed his chance to prove his worth. Enough to intrigue me to see what he can do if he can stay healthy. If healthy, Mitchell could end up with a final roster spot.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents Not Re-signed

OL Michael Liedtke
Liedtke is already reportedly not in the team’s future and just hasn’t developed into anything more than a practice squad-caliber player.

S Orion Stewart
Stewart missed all of 2019 with a torn ACL and won’t return to Tampa Bay this offseason.

The Bucs stand at under $10 million in salary cap space but will need a large chunk to sign their rookie draft class and also have cash on hand to sign any free agents they may need to sign during the season. During the period between now and the start of the season I would look at clearing some more space by renegotiating the contracts of some higher cap players like Mike Evans, Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith. I would also look to extend the contracts of Chris Godwin and Lavonte David.

With 2020 free agency over with, it’s time for the Bucs to hit the 2020 NFL Draft to acquire more talent. Tampa Bay has seven draft picks after adding a fourth round comp pick, and a first rounder in the trade with the Dolphins.

This is not a mock draft of players that I necessarily believe the Tampa Bay will choose. That’s what the PewterReport.com 2020 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft articles are for, and we will have our fourth edition in early April after free agency. This mock draft is my own personal selections for the Bucs based on their remaining personnel needs and the players I like in this year’s draft class.

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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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 [email protected]

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thegeebo
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I was prepared to hate this, as I have frequently disagreed with your analysis, specifically on Jameis. But you actually did the right thing by letting him walk (the way bigger gamble would have been keeping him!) If we can land Brady, huzzah! I also think you did great by trading Howard for a first rounder. But I don’t think that is realistic. Kinlaw is a great pick to replace Suh, but then we may not get a top tier tackle to replace Dotson. I also don’t know that Eason falls to us in round 3. If everything you put… Read more »

CMello333
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Is the decision to not bring back Carl Nassib missing? Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+17-1 Rating: +16. From 18 votes. Please wait...

British buc
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British buc

I just don’t get josh jones as a first rounder, for me he’s too raw to be a starter straight away. While I like kinlaw a lot there are good interior linemen who will possibly be there in the 2nd round like Blacklock or gallimore. Barring a major fall from one of the top ots or someone like Simmons, I expect the Bucs to trade back from 14. Nassib will be back I believe, I dont see them letting him and suh leave Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+8-5 Rating: +3. From 13 votes. Please wait...

geno711
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It seems to me if you get Brady than you want to take another year shot with Howard. Howard was horrible in 2019 but quite decent in 2018. Brady liked the speed and athleticism of Aaron Hernandez and Gronk. Wouldn’t you want to give that a shot for at least the 1st of those three years to see if you could recreate that mismatch that Brady utilized. If you get Teddy Bridewater then probably get rid of Howard. I am a fan of CEH especially with Brady. But if the running backs gone in the 2nd: How about Tennessee cutting… Read more »

geno711
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Saw Dion Lewis cut today. His target catch percentage for his career is 82%. He knows how to pass protect. Other running back catch percentage in their careers: Gordon 75% Johnson 67% Howard 67% Drake 72% Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

BucRy
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I’m glad you try to keep Ryan Smith. He’s always making plays on special teams. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+19-2 Rating: +17. From 21 votes. Please wait...

awwdembucs
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awwdembucs

NO WAY BRADY COMES TO THE BUCS. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+22-23 Rating: -1. From 45 votes. Please wait...

MizzouBucs24
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MizzouBucs24

I don’t get where you guys think Shaq can be signed for 16 mil a season. If that’s was true he would already be resigned. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+19-9 Rating: +10. From 28 votes. Please wait...

Spitfire
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If they can sign Barrett for 16 mil it wouldn’t have already been done, if they get him for that it is because he agrees with the length of guaranteed years. He is probably trying to get more but hopefully he agrees for the security. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+15-4 Rating: +11. From 19 votes. Please wait...

LIBucsFan93
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LIBucsFan93

Bucs are waiting to see if the CBA is going to be ratified first. As are the other 31 teams. Sit tight it’s going to be a wild weekend. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating0-1 Rating: -1. From 1 vote. Please wait...

a-bomb
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No thanks on Brady. Name one superbowl winning QB who went on to win one (as a starter) with another team. Right. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+13-23 Rating: -10. From 36 votes. Please wait...

a-bomb
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The list is Peyton Manning. And this defense and running game are not reminding anyone of the Broncos. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+7-17 Rating: -10. From 24 votes. Please wait...

TampaThom
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You like fantasy football, right? I have no problem with letting go of Jameis. He had is chance, but Brady to the Bucs? In your dreams. Further, letting Suh walk is a mistake. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know his production was yada yada, but his attitude promulgated throughout the Bucs D! No way he should be allowed to walk after asserting his desire to stay. How many times has he done that? Eason may make to the 3rd round but don’t hold your breath. I realize this endeavor is all in good fun, but if you’re going to dream, dream… Read more »

Pete Wood
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I like this plan. Not enough for Howard and Bucs cut wrong backup qb, but overall it gets an A minus. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+7-4 Rating: +3. From 11 votes. Please wait...

bucballer
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Brady would have to be hit hard and often with a very generous offer as soon as free agency bell rings. I’m skeptical that it can happen. Wouldn’t be unhappy if it did though! Need to resign Suh! I think it happens because he actually wants to be here and is getting too old to start over somewhere else. Don’t really see Dot coming back bro. Back and knees r killing him. But again, if he signs for 2-3 mil then I’m ok with it. RB definitely needs to be addressed in draft. Lot of good RBs available. If Brady… Read more »

WhatTheBuc
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WhatTheBuc

If Brady signs with the Bucs for 3 years, there isn’t a need to use a 3 on a QB. Will the bucs eventually need a QB? Yes but they have time and options will become available in years to come. If you go Brady, you’re all in now. You need guys for now. Would be better served taking almost any other position Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+13-7 Rating: +6. From 20 votes. Please wait...

LIBucsFan93
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Why not? Let Eason sit back for 2 years and learn from the best ever. While the contract says 3 years probably the 1st or maybe second year are guaranteed. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+30 Rating: +3. From 3 votes. Please wait...

WhatTheBuc
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Britishbuc, I’m not sure what you’re referring to with Jones. He’s a stud. He grades out better than Becton and he man handles power 5 competition. Watch the Oklahoma tape that was posted earlier this week. He pancakes Murray 3 times. Murray is supposed to be a 1st round pick. Oklahoma couldn’t get a sniff. He passes the eye test in my opinion. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+12-1 Rating: +11. From 13 votes. Please wait...

BucWonder
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Much better than SR’s. What I loved: Brady S Tony Jefferson RB CEH OT/DL in first 2 picks What I hated: No WRs in really deep WR draft. Too high a pick on Eason who is definitely a developmental QB. What I Question: Is Suh more valuable to Bucs than JPP if you had to choose? I say yes. Unless we knew we could get Kinlaw then we should keep Suh. I think it’s easier and cheaper to draft a replacement for JPP than it is Suh. I’d love to keep both, but $. And we already have Nassib to… Read more »

surferdudes
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I almost stopped reading after you wrote, we sign Tom Brady. Otherwise, some good views. I can see Brady going to S.F., that would make Jimmy G. available. I can see Brady going to Da Raiders, with Chucky. That could make Carr in play. Tom’s not coming here. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+10-12 Rating: -2. From 22 votes. Please wait...

LIBucsFan93
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LIBucsFan93

Did your magic 8 Ball tell you that? At this point anything is possible. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+4-1 Rating: +3. From 5 votes. Please wait...

Alldaway 2.0
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Alldaway 2.0

This is solid as well. B+ Just don’t see Perriman coming back for low money but it would be a nice dream! Perriman having Brady to throw to him with Evans and Godwin would be matchup nigmare on all three levels of the field on every play. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+100 Rating: +10. From 10 votes. Please wait...

Jdgamble31
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I agree with a lot of what was said above: ~fun to think about the GOAT in a Bucs Uni but i don’t think it’s gonna happen. ~kinlaw in Rd 1 is solid, Jones a reach in the 1st, CEH would be a nice addition, & I think Eason goes in the 2nd ~I say keep OJ, he’s gonna get his dropsies under control, let’s get him more involved. ~keep Suh as well Overall nice battle plan Mark. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+8-1 Rating: +7. From 9 votes. Please wait...

BUC-ASS-BOB
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BUC-ASS-BOB

Wow now Cook is saying what I been screaming for 2 years release Jameis Winston. For 2 years I read cooks well thought reasons to stand behind Winston. The twilight zone Pewter been living in is about over, can not wait to read explanations Fredster CG and chef make for when Bucs start winning with a new QB. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+10-25 Rating: -15. From 35 votes. Please wait...

Jdgamble31
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Jdgamble31

I must admit, I reluctantly recently came to the conclusion to move on from jameis, however, as it get closer and closer to the decision time….. the more I think just give him another year/he’s gonna clean up enough of the turnovers and turn the corner. I’m sure it doesn’t help when mark references Doug williams/Steve young/Trent differ, lol. I most definitely do not envy jason/Bruce’s decision making predicament. Here’s to hoping they get it right 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 Go Bucs !!! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+12-4 Rating: +8. From 16 votes. Please wait...

Brandonges
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Brady’s arm is shot. All he’d do in Tampa is sell tickets. That draft would be robbery though. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+9-9 Rating: 0. From 18 votes. Please wait...

Spitfire
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Spitfire

I love how some brain dead poster thinks if we let go of Winston and win with another QB that there will be any explanation required from anyone. Supporting one QB doesn’t mean you won’t be excited for another QB winning. It also doesn’t mean we wouldn’t have won with the former, but it would take intelligence to understand that so no reason to bother… I’m just excited to see what we do so we can get this thing goin! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+4-6 Rating: -2. From 10 votes. Please wait...

bucballer
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bucballer

Just for fun…I know… but should Brady sign, that makes it even more a priority that we resign Suh, especially if we r in win now mentality! Let me ask u’s guys this… who is harder to replace a run stopping beast of man who demands double teaming in the middle like Suh or a relentless end pass rusher who is a needed voice in the clubhouse such as JPP? Ideally, we resign them both! Both could be used to win now! But, one is easier to replace than the other and that is JPP! What Suh does, which often… Read more »

BigSombrero
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BigSombrero

Great battle plan Cookie. Who doesn’t want to buy a novelty Tom Brady Bucs jersey and hope to mingle with Giselle during the game! She is definitely an upgrade over the 2nd most famous football wife, Miko Grimes. I would just say it’s strange that as GM, you didn’t give your coach the pieces he needs to run his offense though. Maybe, as the GM, you dictate to BA that he will now run a dump off offense that features crossing routes to small sure handed twitchy recievers while feeding long balls to jump ball receivers about 50 times a… Read more »

bEubanks11
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bEubanks11

Mike Gesicki is a solid TE for the Dolphins who have so many holes to fill. I think OJ to Miami is less likely than Brady to the Bucs. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+1-1 Rating: 0. From 2 votes. Please wait...

bEubanks11
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OJ to Seattle for Penny? I just want rid of the square peg I guess. Burning a hole in my pocket. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating0-3 Rating: -3. From 3 votes. Please wait...

The Wall
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The Wall

Great job Mark! Here are a few changes I would make to your battle plan. If we’re going to land Tom Brady, we have to make sure he’s protected. We need to find the money to sign Conklin at right tackle. I really like the scenario of drafting Eason to develop behind Brady. I’m pretty sure I would franchise Barrett. Other than those few changes, sign me up! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+3-5 Rating: -2. From 8 votes. Please wait...

Captain Sly
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Captain Sly

This is a pretty good Battle Plan! I actually could see a lot of this happening. I love your draft and trade scenarios you layout. Drafting Kinlaw & Jones would be massive upgrades for this team…However signing a 42 year old QB to 3yrs $90 million is a huge mistake. Just the thought of paying a QB $30 mil at 45 just doesn’t sit well with me. I would tell Brady and his agent to take a hike at that point. The other minor issue is not signing Ndamukong Suh. I would argue that Suh is the Anchor of this… Read more »

scubog
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scubog

While I would certainly look forward to the immediate demand for season tickets, the national interest in the Bucs and the renewed hope that signing Gisele’s husband would generate; I’m still a bit cautious when last season the G.O.A.T. was starting to look more like a “scapeGOAT”. Heck, he was even getting booed by those spoiled New England fans. Hope here would be that the offensive weapons Tom Terrific would have in his new arsenal would make his last shot hit the target. This time next week, we and the other teams, should have a pretty good idea where all… Read more »

MudManVA
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MudManVA

Well we can dream!! Fun read. I’m way on board with your draft than Scott’s bucassbob. Man, I still can’t get the stink out of my nose from PR last mock!! Go Bucs Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+1-2 Rating: -1. From 3 votes. Please wait...

SaskBucs
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SaskBucs

Nice work Mark, I enjoy reading these! I don’t hate it. Love the idea of signing Brady and don’t think it’s the pipe dream many claim it to be. I agree with a post above saying spend the 3rd round pick elsewhere cause you would be all in on Brady. Probably draft a WR there and not resign Perriman. Use that money to try to retain Suh. Don’t think OJ nets the 26th pick. So I am not a huge fan of your draft, other than the positions. OL, DL and RB in the first 4 picks, I like that.… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB
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BUC-ASS-BOB

Last night in less than 3 min I received 10 thumbs down, at same time no other posts had more than 2 thumbs up or down. Someone operating up to 10 ghost accounts This happened after I brought up Cook in my post. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+3-14 Rating: -11. From 17 votes. Please wait...

fanofdabucs
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fanofdabucs

Well done Mr. Cook! You just made the Bucs an instant Superbowl contender. Love your draft as well. Being able to get an upgrade at DT and much younger, a starting caliber RT and a stud RB. Also really like the sneaky good pick of edge rusher Greenard out of UF. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+2-3 Rating: -1. From 5 votes. Please wait...

blind melon
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blind melon

Keeping it simple. I love it. Instant competitor, splash, bandwagon will get full and as a bonus a QB who can develop. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+10 Rating: +1. From 1 vote. Please wait...

Johnny Cannons
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Johnny Cannons

I’m not sure why people think it’s going to take a king’s ransom to sign Brady. This is a guy who has routinely taken less money to build a winner. I’m sure he’s looking for a raise, but I do think his legacy is more important to him. We shall see. Overall I don’t have many criticisms of this plan. I’m not sure Howard fetches a swap with Miami given Mike Gesicki’s improvement there, and I think I’d rather see more depth at S on the final 53. Kinlaw at 14 is highway robbery in a weak IDL draft, but… Read more »

Boca James (Boca Raton Florida)
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Boca James (Boca Raton Florida)

Good read but there are too many perfect scenarios for our trade value and players available when drafting. I completely agree with the battle plan though! Brady in Tampa seems like a Pipe Dream but could you imagine the Hype???? Brady to the Raiders and Carr to the Bucs seems more plausible. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+1-1 Rating: 0. From 2 votes. Please wait...

Naplesfan
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Naplesfan

Rick Stroud is reporting this afternoon that the Bucs are going all in to get Brady, including giving him final say over roster. Meaning, if he wants Howard, Howard stays. Stroud is also reporting that the Bucs backup choices, should they not be able to make a deal with Brady, are Bridgewater and Rivers. And that only as a fourth best choice will they stick with Winston, but then only on a one year deal worth around $18M, presuming that nobody else in the league is willing to pay Winston more than backup money. Which seems like a pretty good… Read more »

hamilton
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hamilton

do not like this plan.you can let allen an Dotson go,do not like the Eason pick. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+1-1 Rating: 0. From 2 votes. Please wait...

stoutlord
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stoutlord

Dreamy but don’t trust Light with a draft after using decent picks on kickers. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Robertlargel
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Robertlargel

I’m wondering how the team got a second round pick back and drafting the LSU RB after trading that pick to the Dolphins for one of their first round picks Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating0-2 Rating: -2. From 2 votes. Please wait...

Robertlargel
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Robertlargel

I read it again, I see it’s the 2021 second roundrr Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+20 Rating: +2. From 2 votes. Please wait...

skullandcrossbones
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skullandcrossbones

I dont think Brady will come to Tampa, but I have been wrong before also dont think he would survive behind this O line. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating0-1 Rating: -1. From 1 vote. Please wait...