The Current State Of The Buccaneers

“What does this guy know about building a battle plan for the Bucs offseason? He’s covered the team for like a month! This oughta be rich!”

I can hear you already. The doubters and the haters. Those that would seek to usurp my temporary role as general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, shouting of my unworthiness and the fact I haven’t lived and died through 88 Jameis Winston interceptions over the past five years. How could I possibly understand how to build this team for success in 2020?

Bucs QB Jameis Winston
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

Lucky for you, my clear perspective and lack of compromised emotions gives me an advantage over the Pewter Report team of Scott Reynolds, Mark Cook, Taylor Jenkins and Matt Matera I’m joining. You’re right. I haven’t suffered like they all have, and I haven’t suffered like y’all have.

But don’t consider my lack of scars as evidence that I don’t belong on the battlefield. On the contrary, it’s my evasion of such past damage that makes me able to put forth such a sterling plan for Tampa Bay’s future. I’m not held back by the way things have been. Instead, my mind is teeming with possibility and hope and visions of playoff success once again in Tampa.

And I know how to get the team there.

Welcome to my first ever Bucs Battle Plan – a guide to turning a 7-9 also-ran into a playoff contender in 2020. Please hold your applause until the end. Thank you.

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. This is the third Bucs Battle Plan in our series, 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.

Ledyard’s Bucs Battle Plan For The 2020 Offseason

This Bucs Battle Plan will be completely realistic, so while it is a version of what I would do as the team’s general manager this offseason – not what I think Jason Licht will do – I’m still going to follow what I believe to be within the realm of possibility.

So no, Tom Brady won’t be coming to Tampa Bay because I just can’t see that happening in real life. Would it awesome? Yes. He’s the best available quarterback to steer this franchise. But I just don’t think it’s going to happen, so I’ve got a different plan for the team at quarterback.

Buccaneers’ Trades

Trade Away O.J. Howard to the Colts

I like tight end O.J. Howard and remain optimistic about his pro potential, but the reality is that Bruce Arians is probably never going to heavily utilize him in this offense, and he’s still young and promising enough to fetch a decent return in a trade.

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

I’m not optimistic that Howard would land the return of a second-round pick, as he has just one year left on his deal unless a team decides to pick up his fifth-year option. But I could see the Colts parting with the 75th overall pick in the third round for Howard, as the team is set to lose Eric Ebron in free agency and head coach Frank Reich likes to have some depth at tight end.

Jack Doyle will also turn 30 in early May, and the Colts don’t have much in the pipeline. I think they’d be one of the few teams willing to spend a Day 2 pick to take a shot at developing Howard with the strong culture they’ve got in place, and the Bucs would love to trade him out of the division.

Trade Away William Gholston to the Dolphins

This is semi-unlikely to happen in real life because Licht and Co. value Gholston as a run defender and locker room guy, but I’m the G.M. today and I’m looking for pass rushers. If I want to bring back outside linebackers Shaq Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul and Carl Nassib (maybe), and defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Rakeem Nunez-Roches, I don’t want to be paying Gholston almost $5 million a year to play 400 snaps. His role is replaceable, and there’s a good chance I can find an even more dynamic and versatile player to step in moving forward.

Gholston is a fit in Miami and they’ll pay the low cost of a seventh-rounder (247 overall) for a contract they can get out of at any point.

Trade Up In Round 1

If I’m Tampa Bay, I’m not resting until I leave the 2020 NFL Draft with one of the best offensive tackles in the class. This is not a team with many needs, and the Bucs’ offensive line could be improved drastically with the addition of a premier tackle on the right side. They have to get in front of Cleveland at No. 10 to secure one of the top four offensive tackles in this draft, so Arizona and Jacksonville would be the target teams for a deal.

Tampa Bay GM Jason Licht is in charge of steering the Buccaneers' ship - Photo courtesy of the Buccaneers
Bucs GM Jason Licht – Photo courtesy of the Buccaneers

Both the Cardinals and Jaguars have plenty of needs, and both could conceivably be fine with moving back depending on who is on the board. If the Jaguars have their eye on cornerback help, moving back to no. 14 should still ensure them a shot at the No. 2 corner in the class after Jeffrey Okudah, or perhaps a defensive tackle like Derrick Brown or Javon Kinlaw as well.

The cost for Tampa Bay? The third-round pick they acquired from the Colts for Howard, and their 2020 fourth-round pick, No. 117 overall. That should be enough to net the No. 9 overall selection and the Jaguars’ sixth-round pick, No. 190. So after these trades, I enter the 2020 NFL Draft with eight picks, including five on Day 3 of a deep draft.

Bucs’ 2020 Draft Picks

Round 1, 9 overall
Round 2, 45 overall
Round 3, 76 overall
Round 4, 139 overall (comp pick)
Round 5, 162 overall
Round 6, 190 overall
Round 6, 195 overall
Round 7, 247 overall

Buccaneers’ Cuts

Armed with almost $85 million in cap space after shedding Gholston’s contract, the Bucs should be prepared to be the aggressors in free agency. It seems likely that Cameron Brate will be asked to take a slight pay cut to stay with the team, and I think he’ll accept. He has a chance to be the top receiving tight end in Tampa and re-establish his value to the team in 2020 while remaining in a city he loves.

And he’s probably not getting $4 million anywhere else. He’ll take the $2 million cut and stick around. So Tampa Bay has $87 million in salary cap room heading into free agency. Let’s have some fun.

Unrestricted Free Agent Re-signings

QB Jameis Winston – Franchise Tag, $26.8 million
I’m not saying that Jameis Winston is this no-brainer, super desirable option at quarterback. I get the concerns, trust me. But the reality is that he is the best and most realistic option for the Bucs to get quality quarterback play in 2020.

I don’t think Derek Carr and Teddy Bridgewater fit the system and don’t have the ability to make the high-end plays that Jameis does. Neither are aggressive enough as a passer to maximize weapons like Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, and neutering your offense is not a way to win in the modern NFL.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

If Tom Brady is a realistic option, then by all means, sign him. But I just don’t believe he is. Philip Rivers could be, but in the end I think he’ll opt for Indianapolis. I also don’t believe he’d be an upgrade over Winston at this point in his career.

I’d love to give Tampa Bay Matthew Stafford via trade, but I promised to keep this thing realistic, and there is just no way the Lions are moving him. The Bucs also aren’t picking high enough in the draft to land one of the top two quarterbacks, and I’m not crazy high on the rest of the QBs at this point.

We like to pretend the grass is always greener on the other side of the quarterback pasture, but the reality is that is rarely true. Winston is still the best option at quarterback for the Bucs in 2020, and his growth as a deep ball passer last season should excite the team.

I don’t know if the mistakes ever go away, but I do know that the Bucs hired Bruce Arians to get Winston to the next level. Giving up on that after one season of promise in favor of lesser options at quarterback would be foolish. Tag Winston, give him one more shot to save this thing and then make a move at quarterback next year if he fails.

OLB Shaquil Barrett – 4 years, $72 million ($16.5 million per year)
Barrett doesn’t have a dominant track record as a pass rusher to negotiate from, which I have to think will limit how much he’s willing to reasonably ask for. However he did just lead the NFL in sacks with 19.5 during a golden era of pass rushers, and given his character, work ethic and consistent flashes in Denver, Barrett seems like a safe bet to make something close to what Trey Flowers got last offseason, but on a shorter deal due to Barrett being a little older at age 27.

EDGE Jason Pierre-Paul – 2 years, $24 million ($12 million per year)
I don’t know that the market will be this steep for a 31 year-old with a significant injury history, including a broken neck this past offseason, but JPP looked pretty good last year, and the league loves pass rushers. Tampa Bay values his contributions on and off the field enough to go this high, but if teams offer much more, the Bucs could have to let the veteran edge defender walk.

DT Ndamukong Suh – 1 year, $7 million
Suh is 33 years old and in the twilight of his career, but he reportedly wants to remain in Tampa Bay for one more season, and the Bucs would love to have his run defense back in the fold.

RT Demar Dotson – 1 year, $2.5 million
Dotson is a reliable pass protector who has played his entire career in Tampa Bay. If he wants to return for one more run, the team shouldn’t hesitate to bring him back. It is invaluable to have a backup who can pass protect at a decent level in the NFL, most teams don’t possess that luxury.

OG/C Earl Watford – 1 year, $905,000
Watford’s improvements in pass protection coupled with his versatility make bringing him back for cheap an easy decision.

Bucs ILB Kevin Minter
Bucs ILB Kevin Minter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

ILB Kevin Minter – 1 Year, $905,000
Good, steady inside linebacker who is a leader in the locker room and an impact player on special teams. Easy decision to bring him back.

DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches – 1 Year, $840,000
I’ve always liked Nunez-Roches, a true Energizer Bunny that can move around a defensive front and give you 15 solid snaps a game. He’ll be a decent depth piece behind Vita Vea, Suh and possible rookie/FA help at the position

That’s $67.4M dollars in cap space spent on re-signing free agents for 2020, leaving the Bucs with around $19.5 million to sign new free agents and draft picks.

NEW Free Agents Signings

Tre Boston, S – 2 years, $7 million ($3.5 million per year)
Obviously a good report on Justin Evans’ health could change this signing, but I have my doubts at this point. The fourth-year safety hasn’t played since midway through the 2018 season, and the team still can’t give a glowing report on his progress? That’s not comforting to me.

Tre Boston is one of the most puzzling stories every year in free agency. Consistently one of the best coverage free safeties in the NFL over the past three years, Boston has spent each of those seasons with a different team and never made more than $2.4M in a single year! All that despite 11 interceptions and 16 pass breakups during that time.

There’s no reason to think that this is the offseason where Boston breaks the bank, but he’s about as reliable a free agent signing as they come, and for relatively cheap. He’ll play almost exclusively at free safety, which will allow Mike Edwards to play in the box/slot and Jordan Whitehead to move around more freely as well.

Demarcus Robinson, WR – 2 years, $6 million ($3 million per year)
I’m a fan of Robinson’s fit in Tampa Bay, and the team should have no issue bolstering their receiving corps with a relatively cheap deal in free agency. Robinson wins in the vertical passing game and started to come into his own with some insanely impressive grabs last season.

Aqib Talib, CB – 1 year, $2 million
Talib’s best days are behind him, but why not go back to the spot where it all began to finish off a great career? The veteran cornerback would provide much-needed leadership and wisdom to the Bucs young defensive backs, while also filling a key role as another outside cornerback on a team lacking depth at the position.

Nick Williams, IDL – 1 year, $1.5 million
After being cut multiple times early in his career and then bouncing around four different teams, Williams broke out last season with six sacks for the Bears. He’s 30 years old and coming off his first year of real playing time, so the cost won’t be great, and the Bucs may have stumbled onto a late-blooming interior pass rusher.

Marcedes Lewis, TE – 1 year, $1 million
A cheap deal for a veteran, blocking tight end who will provide much-needed leadership in the locker room and consistent effort on and off the field. One last hurrah for Lewis at 36 years old.

Drew Stanton, QB – 1 year, $1.5 Million
Veteran backup quarterback looking to close out his career with his old coach in Bruce Arians.

Unrestricted Free Agents Not Re-signed

Bucs WR Breshad Perriman
Bucs WR Breshad Perriman – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

WR Breshad Perriman
It’s exciting that Perriman finally emerged in the latter stages of his fifth season, but I’m afraid he may have priced himself out of what Tampa Bay is willing to pay. He hasn’t exactly been reliable his whole career, so I’d be okay with letting this ship sail.

OLB Carl Nassib
The Bucs like Nassib and would like to bring him back, but with JPP commanding a little more than expected after a couple bounce-back seasons, it’s hard to justify a move for Nassib and still expect to do much in free agency. Ultimately, his contributions on the field are replaceable through the mid-rounds of the this average draft class for edge rushers anyway.

RB Peyton Barber
Barber could go from being a starter in Tampa Bay to struggling to stick on a roster somewhere else. He’s a decent player, but nothing about his skill set is irreplaceable or worth paying millions for.

DT Beau Allen
Allen is a run-stuffer who will find work somewhere on an NFL depth chart, but not in Tampa Bay. Time to move on to younger players with a little more upside and athleticism.

QB Blaine Gabbert
I agree with Scott Reynolds that Blaine Gabbert is likely gone and Drew Stanton makes a ton of sense as a potential replacement.

OT Josh Wells
With the team set to draft a tackle and Dotson back on board as the top backup, Wells will be allowed to walk and look for work as a backup elsewhere.

S Darian Stewart
Stewart’s decline has been rapid over the past few years. Retirement may be the next option.

OLB Sam Acho
Just doesn’t add enough value to the team. Time to see what Anthony Nelson can do.

Bucs CB Ryan Smith - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs CB Ryan Smith – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

CB Ryan Smith
Smith will be missed on special teams, but he was a disappointment in his opportunities on defense.

RT Jerald Hawkins
Hawkins has been a disappointment since entering the league as a developmental offensive tackle, and injuries haven’t helped his development either.

FS Andrew Adams
I’m just not sure there is room for Adams in Tampa Bay given their current safety situation, unless Justin Evans is ruled out for 2020. Even if he is, upgrades via free agency are potentially available as well.

That’s a wrap on 2020 free agency! Now to the NFL Draft, where the Bucs still have eight picks despite trading up from No. 14 to No. 9. Plenty of ammo to make some moves.

Remember, this draft is what I would do, not what I believe the team will do in April.

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Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft

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Pete Wood
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Pete Wood

I’m kinda meh on this battle plan. C. Once again, we’re cutting the wrong QB. I don’t think we’re getting enough for Howard and I doubt we can move up five spots for the price this plan has Jacksonville paying. No to Talib. For the love of God, no. WR in the second is just a waste of a draft pick. WR on the third day. Second round pick should be for a RB or the lines. I also don’t want to sign a free agent WR. I like keeping Winston. If not Brady, we gotta keep Winston in my… Read more »

Charlie
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Charlie

Wait, so your plan is to resign the most turnover prone player in the NFL and then supply him with a draft that would only attempt to increase his league leading turnovers through high wasted draft picks on receivers he can’t throw the ball too?! Man did you even watch the Bucs play last year? This is the worst Battle Plan yet. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+21-46 Rating: -25. From 67 votes. Please wait...

fredster
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fredster

This one makes most sense to me in lot ways. Not the just keeping Winston part. I do agree he’s best option unless Brady…Brady is a very long shot and not even sure he has enough left in tank. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+26-11 Rating: +15. From 37 votes. Please wait...

FLBoy84
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FLBoy84

While not on board with 90% of the player selections, do appreciate the more outside-the-box thinking than others have shown so far. Especially agree with the move up in the 1st, have been a proponent of this for awhile. Also like the three additions to the OL, though not the players necessarily, as well as adding two WR’s to the mix (not those two though either lol). Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+22-1 Rating: +21. From 23 votes. Please wait...

MizzouBucs24
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MizzouBucs24

Finally someone that understands that Teddy and Carr would be bad fits in this offense. This is not a plug and play offense. You can’t just add anyone under center and think it’s going to work. The Bucs will make a push for Brady and if it doesn’t work then they will sign Winston who would be the best option left. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+28-15 Rating: +13. From 43 votes. Please wait...

BeeDubs26
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BeeDubs26

I like it for the most part. I especially like the Tre Boston signing. I would rather have him than Evans to be honest. Wasted pick on Shenault IMO. He’s good pick for someone that needs a WR, but that’s a pick that could be better spent on other positions in the 2nd round. You didn’t address the QB position. If you’re bringing Winston back on a tag, you’ll need someone to groom other than Griffin who hasn’t shown anything. Winston needs competition. I would prefer Akers over Moss personally and think a Van Jefferson would be a good fit… Read more »

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

Please No. I don’t agree with trading up. If the ‘BIG’ 4 OT’s and Kinlaw are gone then trade down. Again, as always someone will move up to take a QB and throw off the top 10 ‘projected’ picks. I am really jumping on the Carr bandwagon. He would look good in Pewter. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+19-10 Rating: +9. From 29 votes. Please wait...

e
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e

I like this plan better than Scott and Marks. The steadiness of the roster give the Bucs the best chance to win in 2020. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+14-7 Rating: +7. From 21 votes. Please wait...

Pete Wood
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Pete Wood

Not a fan of Carr, but I gave you a thumbs up, because I too am opposed to moving up in the draft. We need more picks, not less. Spread that risk around. I’d rather trade down, get something for Howard, and end up with about ten picks overall and multiple picks in most rounds. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+12-2 Rating: +10. From 14 votes. Please wait...

Dbuc63
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Dbuc63

I think this is a more realistic plan than the others for the reasons you provide. It’s bold and and aggressive with offensive players. Being a Buc’s fan but not to the point of spending my day analyzing all these prospects from college, this is IMO a very rational battle plan. Lots of work went into this, great job! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+13-4 Rating: +9. From 17 votes. Please wait...

thegeebo
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thegeebo

This battle plan was great… until your franchise tagged Winston. Of all the stupid, dumb, idiotic, moronic things a person could do, this takes the cake. He is a turnover machine trash man. Why why why would we spin our wheels for another year?? We know who he is and what he brings already. Also, he has NO MARKET. No one is going to pay him nearly what that franchise tag is worth. My God man…. This plan is AWFUL. Don’t quit your day job… Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+15-30 Rating: -15. From 45 votes. Please wait...

Alldaway 2.0
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Alldaway 2.0

I give this plan an A. Very solid. The team likes Ledbetter a lot so I can see Ledbetter sliding into Gholston’s spot. As for the draft I can see that happening because a lot of media and Bucs fans are underrated the importance of WR in this offense. And yes blocking for a TE in this offense is very, very important as well so drafting another TE is a must. The Bucs do like Auclair, McElroy, Leggett, and Brate. But adding another TE in the mix to compete seems very reasonable to me. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+9-13… Read more »

BigSombrero
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BigSombrero

Nice job on the battleplan JL. Some things I like and a few things I like even more… I’ve been matchmaking OJ to the Colts for a while. Yes, they just re-signed injury prone Jack Doyle and have Mo Allie Cox waiting in the wings, but I think Rivers or Bridgewater ends up in Indy, and those guys(especially Rivers) need tight ends in their offense. Winston is the best QB on the market this off season for THIS team and he’s hitting his prime. He’s also entering his 2nd season with BA, and his toughness and dedication to excellence can’t… Read more »

MudManVA
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MudManVA

Like the plan on the resignings & free agents (except for Talib…thanks a hard no). I too believe if not Brady then it’s another 1 year shot at Winston. (BUCASS will rail on this point) “If” he turns the corner in year 2 then Eureka!! All for moving up to snag 1 of the big 3, but the rest of your draft is a head scratcher (2nd Pete Wood). But good job rook Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+6-7 Rating: -1. From 13 votes. Please wait...

Alldaway 2.0
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Alldaway 2.0

Tre Boston simply is a baller whenever he plays. It feels like all NFL fans talk about signing him every off season while the NFL overlooks him and sign inferior safety talent or overpay talent that is inferior compared to Boston’s production. Panthers are in rebuild mode so I am not sure if they want Boston back. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+90 Rating: +9. From 9 votes. Please wait...

BucRy
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BucRy

Glad you don’t see Carr or any of the other quarterbacks aside from Brady being worthy (maybe). It’s hilarious to me that people think Carr could just stand in the pocket in this vertical offense without being afraid of taking shots down the field. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+8-9 Rating: -1. From 17 votes. Please wait...

LIBucsFan93
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LIBucsFan93

Cooks Plan- A- SR Plan- B Ledyard- C- Sorry but you can’t be turning the ball over the way Jameis Winston has and keep your job. Bruce Arians just does have the patience for QB play like that any longer. I didn’t see a developmental QB being drafted in this plan. When Winston starts turning the ball over in 2020 who the Bucs going to turn to then. Please throw this dumpster fire of a plan in the trash where it belongs. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+11-15 Rating: -4. From 26 votes. Please wait...

BUC-ASS-BOB
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BUC-ASS-BOB

Leading the league in Turnovers next year by keeping Winston guarantees the Bucs out of playoffs mid-Oct. Maybe Ledyard enjoys watching other teams in playoffs however I do not !!! I would love to set aside the whole day fire up the grill and have some bear watch Bucs in playoffs and thing that has not happened since the debut of the flat-screen TV All the Bucs fans last watch Bucs in playoffs on glass Buble TV with rabbit ears> Thanks, Glazers! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+8-30 Rating: -22. From 38 votes. Please wait...

Randy H.
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Randy H.

Funny B-A-B, but I watched the Bucs’ win the Super Bowl on a flat-screen tv! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+12-2 Rating: +10. From 14 votes. Please wait...

chefboho
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chefboho

I’m just ok with this battle plan. I’ve said all along that Brady is the only QB I want and if he can’t be signed, then bring Jameis back. I love all the cuts, trades, and off season moves you made. I just don’t agree with the pics. Loved your first round pick but in the second you have to take a RB that’s a game changer. Cam Akers, Dobbins, or CHE bring the wood mich better than the guy you drafted in the third. Other than that, I like the rest of the pics. Solid work and I give… Read more »

awwdembucs
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awwdembucs

A BIG NO TO TALIB. He would get more penalties than pass break up’s. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+4-4 Rating: 0. From 8 votes. Please wait...

Dman
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Dman

I like a lot of this plan, Jon, because it seems more realistic than others. Starting with QB – if TB12 isn’t available, Jameis and the franchise tag is pragmatic. As for back-ups I think we need to have a stronger #2 that can take over for Winston and none of those guys can. I’d also look to carry two QB’s instead of three. Agree with saying goodbye to Gabbert. The RD3 pick for Howard is realistic and agree the Colts are a likely target. But Patriots got four compensatory picks and if there’s competition may pony up their RD2… Read more »

fredster
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fredster

I didn’t care for some of late rd picks like TE etc but those late rd picks don’t amount to much anything so whatever. I liked the free agency and early rds thoigh. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+4-1 Rating: +3. From 5 votes. Please wait...

LIBucsFan93
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LIBucsFan93

Biggest hole in this plan is Ledyard is assuming Shaq Barrett gets signed before the 16th Tag deadline so the Franchise tag can be used on Winston. If the Glazers want to generate some fan excitement for the 2020 season then this isn’t the plan to do it. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+5-3 Rating: +2. From 8 votes. Please wait...

BUC-ASS-BOB
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BUC-ASS-BOB

Your amazing Randy H watched the Bucs in Jan 2003 on a flat-screen 3 years before they introduced you have a time machine or memory loss? 2005: Flat screen TVs and HDTVs are introduced for the first time. https://bebusinessed.com/history/history-of-the-television/ Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+5-7 Rating: -2. From 12 votes. Please wait...

John Jut
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John Jut

If the challenge here was to have worse plan for the Bucs this one wins it by a mile. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+4-7 Rating: -3. From 11 votes. Please wait...

Spitfire
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Spitfire

It’s too bad Assmunch is wrong again. I watched the Bucs win the Super Bowl on the “Flat Screen” of a rear projection tv, not a glass bubble tv. Saints fans usually are wrong though so this is no surprise. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+4-3 Rating: +1. From 7 votes. Please wait...

TampaThom
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TampaThom

I like it! Your choices are realistic and bring in just enough help to fill some holes while keeping the core together. 9.5! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+2-2 Rating: 0. From 4 votes. Please wait...

Guzzie5525
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Guzzie5525

2 battle plans 3 very slow RBs, seriously a WR that ran 4.58, 1 thing Arians is adamant about is getting athletes with speed, he says he will make them players, try again this wont be close Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+20 Rating: +2. From 2 votes. Please wait...

revfish
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revfish

No real problems, although I’m not sure I would bring into labor. Winston is a lightning rod, although the only quarterbacks that get me half excited are Carr and possibly Brady. Serious question: do you really believe Datsun is a reliable blocker? Would be interested in an article that specifically covers everyone’s take on Demar Dotsonas a player. This is not personal. I have appreciated his time with the team, but His days of reliable play seem behind him. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+30 Rating: +3. From 3 votes. Please wait...

revfish
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revfish

I would not bring in Talib Just to clarify Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+50 Rating: +5. From 5 votes. Please wait...

surferdudes
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I wasn’t going to bother responding to this plan but since I responded to Scott, and Mark I’ll show some respect for the new guy. Jon, you lost me after wanting to franchise Winston. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+6-5 Rating: +1. From 11 votes. Please wait...

bucoffmatey
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bucoffmatey

When I read Buc-Ass’s comments I use different accents to try and figure out what country, or part of the country he’s from. Just friggin hilarious lol Anyway, I won’t pretend to know which Offensive lineman is better in this draft, or any other position for that matter. However, I did notice a common thread which was to get rid of OJ Howard. Let me ask you guys this: If the Bucs keep Winston, and he falls flat on his face in year two of the Arians project, do you honestly really and truly think Arians is going to stick… Read more »

Teddy
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Teddy

I’m no math whiz, but how is four years at $16.5M for Barrett a total of $72M? Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+40 Rating: +4. From 4 votes. Please wait...

Johnny Cannons
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Johnny Cannons

I don’t hate it – especially 2 1RD picks. I think given the young depth at TE Howard is moveable, and this might be the most reasonable price yet. Also a very Colts move. The rest of the draft is kinda ‘meh’ for me. I think we are collectively underestimating Shaq’s price tag. I know what he said – but his agent is Drew Rosenhaus, who’s a real-life embodiment of the kind of character Jeremy Piven usually plays. I’m betting he puts the screw to Tampa somehow. The Boston signing could be a key move. He’s a versatile safety who… Read more »

geno711
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geno711

Liked some – other things I did not. I think BA likes guys who can still play. So suggesting that – if Talib can still ball – then he is ok to be on this team. Yet, I don’t think Tampa, New England, Denver or the Rams ever considered the guy a leader. You aren’t necessarily a leader just because you played 8 years in the league. I think that Todd Bowles has all the leadership and wisdom that these young defensive backs need – they don’t need a player coach. Bowles played the position has coached some of the… Read more »

Horse
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Horse

eh .. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+20 Rating: +2. From 2 votes. Please wait...

SenileSenior
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SenileSenior

bucoffmatey Interesting viewpoint on O.J. I had not thought about it that way. I am expecting BA and JL to succeed in elevating this franchise to play off calibre this season. This regardless of whether Jameis is our QB or someone else is. I am expecting good decisions and results from this off season that are comparable or better to those made in the first year of this regime. ______________________ Go Bucs!!! In BA I Trust. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+10 Rating: +1. From 1 vote. Please wait...

SenileSenior
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SenileSenior

I feel that Talib has done quite well considering the family environment he grew up within. Yes, he was a mess when he was with us the first time. We had to lose him then. The famous “superstar”, Frank Sinatra, was a punk when he was young. He mellowed as the years went by. [He was before my time as I am not that old!] 🙂 I understand Talib has grown up much and settled down some. He could have self destructed and disappeared from the NFL just as well. _____________ Go Bucs!!! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+30 Rating:… Read more »

owlykat
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owlykat

I agree with your opinion on franchising Jameis, and on trading Howard but if you trade him to the Patriots you can likely get a second pick. If you cut Gholston it is a major mistake because he is the key to stopping the run and he is versatile and earned his money this past year. Adams two years ago nabbed three interceptions in one game and he played very well this past year. Do not cut him! We don’t need a one year blocking TE free agent. Better to pick up the best blocking TE in the draft to… Read more »

MikeJ813
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MikeJ813

The most realistic plan up until the draft, only like the Jon Runyan pick but free agency some good some bad Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+3-2 Rating: +1. From 5 votes. Please wait...

seat26
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seat26

I like this plan with the exception of Carl Nassib. We gotta keep him. Franchising Winston is the smart move but draft a QB somewhere in the first 3 or 4 rounds. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+2-2 Rating: 0. From 4 votes. Please wait...

Hockey Duckie
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Hockey Duckie

In 2018, Buffalo moved up five spots from 12th to 7th. Bucs received = 12th overall, 53rd (2nd rd), and 56th (2nd round) Buffalo received = 7th overall and 255th (7th rd) In 2020, the Bucs are trying to move up five spots from 14th to 9th. Bucs receive = 9th overall Jax receive = 14th, 75th, and 117th Jax will probably have a shot at LB Simmons, DT Brown, or CB Okudah. A 14th, 3rd, and 4th round picks probably won’t be enough to entice Jax to pass up on one of those three. …. OJ Howard only worth… Read more »

Randy H.
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Randy H.

For B-A-B since the reply isn’t working: Yes, it was a 55″ Mitsubishi Flat Screen in HD from Direct TV. I recorded all three games on DVD and they are in widescreen format, which, guess what, didn’t exist with regular definition tv. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating0-1 Rating: -1. From 1 vote. Please wait...

scubog
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scubog

Absolutely hysterical reading the banter about the evolution of TV’s since the Super Bowl. Me, I watched it live. Could have bought a lot of TV’s for what it cost us to take the family to San Diego, but it was well worth it. All of these Battle Plans have been well thought-out, which is something few of us (well maybe not Sombrero) have time to create. Of course every plan has to start with the choice of the QB to serve as Field General. We can all certainly agree that having Tom Brady or even Phil Rivers during their… Read more »

SaskBucs
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SaskBucs

Nice work Jon. I appreciate the insight and effort you have brought to the PR team. Not a huge fan of this plan. Ok with the Jameis deal. If another year is best option we got then so be it. I do not like the draft. RB and WR with picks 2 and 3 would be rough. I love having young new toys on the roster but it just isn’t a priority until the 3rd at earliest if they need to snag the RB they want. Auclair will be back at TE. Anyway, enjoy reading these and thanks for your… Read more »

The Wall
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The Wall

So much hinges on resigning Winston. I guess we have to rely on Arian’s judgement completely at this point. Whatever happens at quarterback, we desperately need to improve the right side of our offensive line first; especially tackle. And we need to stop kidding ourselves about Jones and draft a running back who can run, catch and block. I would get what we can for Howard while there is interest. So far I seem to be the only one who agrees with this but I would find a way to sign free agent right tackle Conklin. Doing that solves our… Read more »

fanofdabucs
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fanofdabucs

I stopped reading after the first round draft plan First of all, Gholston is a decent value and is the only proven player on the roster who can man 5 technique. Then you wrote that if the Bucs want one if the top 4 OTs they would need to trade unti the top 10??? The Bucs need a RT, DT, edge rusher replacement for JPP either this year or next. Let the board come to you. I think one of the top 4 OTs will still be there at 14. And if there is some crazy run on OTs, then… Read more »

skullandcrossbones
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skullandcrossbones

I like the move up in the 1st round, and I love that your building both trenches up, but I cant see this group going to the playoffs. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+1-1 Rating: 0. From 2 votes. Please wait...

Chi-Town Buc
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Chi-Town Buc

Mr. Ledyard, you have been absolutely killing it since joining Pewter Report, but highly disappointed in your battle plan. In the words of Gustavo Fring, “Explain Yourself!” Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+1-1 Rating: 0. From 2 votes. Please wait...