The legal tampering period of NFL free agency is coming up just under a month from now on March 16th as teams get their plans set for what new players that want to sign to their roster and what current players they would like to retain.
The Bucs have some of their top pieces on both sides of the ball set to hit the market this offseason, including the most important position in football. CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco made a list of the top 100 free agents this offseason, and of that number, five Bucs made the list.
Outside linebacker Shaq Barrett was the best ranked Buc and the only Buc to make the top 10 as he came in at number nine, while Jameis Winston just hovered outside the top 10 at 11. The three other Bucs include receiver Breshad Perriman at 42, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh at 59 and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul was ranked 61st.
This is what Prisco said about each pending Bucs free agent.
9. Shaquill Barrett – Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB
“The Bucs will likely use the franchise tag on him to retain him after his breakout season in 2019. They would be foolish to let him walk after he led the NFL with 19.5 sacks. But is he a one-hit wonder? That’s why negotiations will be tricky.”
11. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB
“Yes, he throws a ton of picks. But he also throws for a lot of yards and touchdowns. He’s still relatively young as well. The Bucs are considering bringing him back, and it means using the franchise tag to do it.”
42. Breshad Perriman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR
“His end-of-season performance will help his stock on the market. He can run, which teams need. At 27, he will find a good contract because of his big-play ability.”
59. Ndamukong Suh – Tampa Bay Buccaneers NT
“He was a big reason why the Tampa Bay defense was outstanding against the run last season. He might not get a mega-deal, but a team in need of help inside should give him a long look.”
61. Jason Pierre-Paul – Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE
“He has 21 sacks the past two seasons, even though he missed six games last year with a back injury suffered in a car accident. He is 31, so age is becoming an issue.”
You can read all of Prisco’s top 100 free agent rankings here.