The Current State Of The Buccaneers

After a promising start to his head-coaching career with a 9-7 record during his first season leading the Buccaneers in 2016, back-to-back 5-11 campaigns ultimately cost Dirk Koetter his job. Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht was given one more year to turn the Bucs’ ship around, and hired former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians to lead the way.

Arians inherits a Bucs offense that features a plethora of weapons, including Pro Bowler Mike Evans and rising star Chris Godwin at the wide receiver position, in addition to future Pro Bowl tight end O.J. Howard and the red zone threat Cam Brate. Arians’ main objective on offense is to improve the offensive line – and perhaps more importantly – turn Jameis Winston into a the franchise quarterback and winner the team expected when it selected him with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Winston is in an ever-important fifth-year option contract this season, and Arians, the noted “quarterback whisperer,” will likely know by October if he can turn Winston around.

Bucs LB Lavonte David - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs LB Lavonte David – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs will have some big decisions to make with pending free agent left tackle Donovan Smith and wide receiver Adam Humphries, and whether or not to keep wide receiver DeSean Jackson and his $10 million salary for one final year in Tampa Bay.

On defense, new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is expected to run a 3-4 Under front with some four-man defensive line mixed in. The Bucs are crippled at linebacker with pending free agent Kwon Alexander coming off a torn ACL, in addition to last year’s rookie Jack Cichy, who had an injury-riddled past at Wisconsin. Strongside linebacker Kendell Beckwith missed all of last season after breaking his ankle in an offseason car wreck last year, and his future in Tampa Bay is currently unknown. The only healthy, starting-caliber linebacker on the team is Lavonte David.

Defensive end Vinny Curry was released to create $8 million in salary cap, which the team desperately needs this year after big-money extensions were doled out last year to Evans, Brate, left guard Ali Marpet and Winston’s big cap number this year, which is $20.922 million. More cap space is needed and the Bucs may have to part ways with six-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy, who just turned 31 and is due a $13 million salary, and nose tackle Beau Allen, who is scheduled to make $5 million this year.

Bucs CBs MJ Stewart and Carlton Davis - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs CBs MJ Stewart and Carlton Davis – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Tampa Bay needs veteran help in the secondary where 35-year old cornerback Brent Grimes and strong safety Chris Conte are expected to move on. The Bucs have drafted four cornerbacks – Vernon Hargreaves III, Ryan Smith, M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis – in addition to two safeties – Justin Evans and Jordan Whitehead – over the past three years. There are plenty of young defensive backs on Tampa Bay’s roster. What are needed are experienced playmakers.

On special teams, the Bucs haven’t gotten the return on investment from Bryan Anger the last two years, and might be better off going with a younger, cheaper alternative and save Anger’s $3 million base salary. Kicker has been a huge problem area for the Bucs during Licht’s tenure in Tampa Bay, and newly signed Philip Andersen is not the answer. The Bucs may look to re-sign Cairo Santos or take a chance on aging veteran Matt Bryant, who made 92 percent of his field goals last year in Atlanta at the age of 42.

Reynolds’ Bucs Battle Plan For The 2019 Offseason

PewterReport.com writers Scott Reynolds, Mark Cook, Trevor Sikkema, Taylor Jenkins and Matt Matera have devised their own Bucs’ 2019 Offseason Battle Plans that feature free agent signings, trades, roster moves and draft picks designed to aid Tampa Bay’s quest to end its 10-year playoff drought. 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 start the 2019 offseason with approximately $16 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.

Buccaneers’ Trades

The Bucs need a veteran backup quarterback and after reading Arian’s autobiography, The Quarterback Whisperer, he has a fondness for former Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton, who is in the final year of his deal in Cleveland. The Bucs trade their seventh-round pick to the Browns for Stanton, who has a cap charge of $2.75 million.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs need to clear some cap space in order to re-sign the players they want and target some new additions in free agency in my Battle Plan. That means cutting some players and trading others. The Bills have the fourth-most salary cap space with just over $79 million and desperately need help inside at defensive tackle. Head coach Sean McDermott came from Carolina where he saw Gerald McCoy chase Cam Newton twice a year.

With McDermott needing to win now after a disappointing 6-10 season followed up his 9-7 debut in 2017, the Bills, who have 10 draft picks this year, trade a fourth-round and a fifth-round pick to Tampa Bay for McCoy. That move saves the Bucs $13 million in cap space and now Tampa Bay has eight draft picks.

Licht also trades wide receiver DeSean Jackson to Pittsburgh, which must replace Antonio Brown, who will be traded this offseason. Ben Roethlisberger has a big arm and can hit the deep ball, which is why acquiring Jackson is so important for the Steelers, as they’ll need to replace some of the big, explosive plays downfield they’ll be losing by parting ways with Brown. The Steelers trade their third-round pick, No. 83 overall, to the Bucs in exchange for the fourth-round pick they acquired from Buffalo, No. 105 overall in the deal, which allows Tampa Bay to move up 22 spots in the draft. This gives the Bucs eight draft picks in 2019, in addition to clearing $10 million more in cap room.

Buccaneers’ Cuts

Tampa Bay now has approximately $37 million in cap room, but will need more in my Bucs Battle Plan. So defensive tackle Beau Allen is released to save $5 million, defensive tackle Mitch Unrein is waived injured, which clears $3.75 million, punter Bryan Anger is cut to save $3 million, and the team parts ways with veteran offensive lineman Evan Smith, which saves $2 million.

Now Tampa Bay has approximately $50 million in salary cap space to work with. Here are the roster moves I would make in free agency:

Unrestricted Free Agent Re-signings

Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander
Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

MLB Kwon Alexander – 4-Years, $36 Million
Alexander is coming off a torn ACL, and might not be ready to go until training camp, but the Bucs take a leap of faith here and give him a four-year, $36-million contract with $10 million in guaranteed money, including the first year of the deal, which is worth a cap-friendly $6 million due to his injury.

RT Donovan Smith – 1-Year, $14 Million Franchise Tag
Smith didn’t deserve a long-term contract with the way he played in 2018, so he doesn’t get one. Instead, the Bucs slap the franchise tag on him and make him prove himself all over again in another contract year under a new coaching staff. It will cost more to re-sign him in 2020 this way, but locking him up to a long-term deal now is even more risky.

MLB Kevin Minter – 1-Year, $1 Million
Injuries to Alexander, Jack Cichy and Kendell Beckwith make the linebacker position rather weak in Tampa Bay with only Lavonte David as the healthy, proven starting-caliber player. Minter knows Todd Bowles’ defense inside and out and proved himself as a Buccaneer in limited duty last year.

K Cairo Santos – 1-Year, $1 Million
Outside of the Saints game, Santos performed well in a small sample size last year and deserves a shot at coming back on a one-year, prove-it deal. The Bucs will need to bring in training camp competition for him, but he’ll have a legit shot to be the team’s kicker in 2019.

Unrestricted Free Agents Not Re-Signed

WR Adam Humphries
This is a tough one because Humphries is an outstanding player coming off a great contract year. But it’s a down year for receivers on the free agent market and that will only drive his value up. Humphries could fetch WR2 money, but he’ll always be WR3 with the Bucs behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and he’ll price himself out of Tampa Bay.

Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick showed he can still play in the league at age 35, especially the first three weeks of the season when he passed for over 400 yards per game. The problem is that this is Winston’s team and Arians won’t win his starter looking over his shoulder at Fitzpatrick for another season.

S Chris Conte
The Bucs have had Conte around for years with mediocre results. It’s time to move on and see if the team’s young crop of safeties can play.

LB Adarius Taylor
Taylor was the Bucs’ special teams captain last year and brings value on fourth down, but struggled as a linebacker on defense. With a price tag over $1.5 million, he’s too expensive to return as a backup and Minter takes his spot.

CB Brent Grimes
Grimes was actually done last year, but the Bucs talked him into one more regrettable season, in which he played poorly. His bad attitude isn’t needed in Tampa Bay anymore – or elsewhere.

QB Ryan Griffin
Griffin has yet to throw pass in the NFL and is really an unknown player. The Bucs need a more proven backup quarterback with actual playing experience.

Bucs RB Jacquizz Rodgers
Bucs RB Jacquizz Rodgers – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

RB Jacquizz Rodgers
Rodgers was a favorite of former head coach Dirk Koetter because he knew his system, but the Bucs can upgrade the running back spot here, and might have done so with the signing of Andre Ellington.

LB Cameron Lynch
Lynch is a great, high-energy special teamer, and the Bucs wouldn’t rule out signing him to the league minimum later after the draft if necessary, but don’t do it now.

DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Nunez-Roches is a decent player, but the Bucs will take advantage of a deep draft at defensive tackle to bolster this position.

S Josh Shaw
Shaw was signed as a late-season, emergency safety and there are more talented players on the roster right now that need to be developed by the new coaching staff.

LS Garrison Sanborn
Sanborn could return later if a comparable, cheaper alternative isn’t found in free agency.

Restricted Free Agent Re-signings

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

RB Peyton Barber – 1-Year $3 Million
Barber had a career year and was the team’s leading rusher in 2018. He deserves to come back, and the team should tender him an offer that comes with a second-round draft pick compensation.

SS Andrew Adams – $1-Year, $2 Million
Adams was a pleasant surprise as a midseason pick-up, and led Tampa Bay with four interceptions. Adams deserves a one-year low tender and come to camp to compete, but he’s no lock to make the roster.

Restricted Free Agents Not Re-signed

FB Alan Cross
Cross retired from football to join the coaching staff at Memphis, his alma mater, as a graduate assistant coach.

LB Devante Bond
Bond is a decent special teams player, but hasn’t shown the ability to be anything more than that over the past couple of years.

OT Leonard Wester
The Bucs shouldn’t tender Wester an offer. Instead, sign him to a one-year, league-minimum deal after the draft so he can come to camp to compete for a backup offensive tackle role.

Bucs CB De'Vante Harris
Bucs CB De’Vante Harris – Photo by: Getty Images

CB DeVante Harris
Harris had a nice, brief stint in Tampa Bay last year and it would be interesting to see what new cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross could do for his game. The Bucs shouldn’t throw a $2 million tender on him, but sign him to a league-minimum deal after the draft.

CB Javien Elliott
Elliott was given a chance to play the nickel cornerback spot and played it better than M.J. Stewart, who was a second-round draft pick. Put him in the mix to compete for a spot on the depth chart after the draft and avoid a $2 million tender.

Exclusive Rights Free Agent Re-signings

S Isaiah Johnson
Johnson has value as a reserve safety capable of playing either free or strong safety, in addition to helping out on special teams.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents Not Re-signed

OT Michael Liedtke
Liedtke is a JAG (just a guy) on Tampa Bay’s offensive line and the Bucs can upgrade their depth here through the draft.

These roster moves leave the Buccaneers with approximately $23 million in salary cap space, and the team will need approximately $6.5 million to sign its rookie class.

Bucs’ 2019 Free Agent Additions

Houston CB Kareem Jackson – 3 years, $24 million
The Bucs land a starting-caliber cornerback in Jackson, who can cover and play the run quite well. At age 30, he’ll have to make slightly less than he did last year at $9 million, and his first year’s base salary can be a manageable $6 million due to having a higher base salary in 2020 and the first two years guaranteed. His experience and playmaking skills are needed opposite second-year cornerback Carlton Davis.

Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu - Photo by: Getty Images
Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu – Photo by: Getty Images

Houston SS Tyrann Mathieu – 3 years, $22.5 million
Mathieu is loved by both Arians and Bowles, and will come cheaper than New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins. He’ll make $7.5 million per year, but will have to take a lower base salary in 2019 to help the Bucs’ cap space. Having the first two years of the contract guaranteed and higher base next year allows that to happen. The Bucs get an alpha in the secondary and a proven playmaker in Bowles’ scheme.

Atlanta RB Tevin Coleman – 4 years, $20 million
Bucs director of football administration Mike Greenberg works some of his cap magic by guaranteeing $10 million of Coleman’s deal in exchange for a cap-friendly, smaller base salary of $3 million in 2019. Coleman had a career year in 2018 with 800 yards and nine total touchdowns, and his receiving skills make him a perfect fit in Arians’ offense.

These moves leave the Bucs with around $7 million in salary cap space, which will be needed to sign the team’s 2019 draft class. Greenberg can create some additional cap space for Tampa Bay if needed by restructuring the contract of Cameron Brate, who is due to make $7 million in base salary in 2019 and is coming off a down year due to injury.

Now let’s take a look at some of my personal selections for the Buccaneers in the 2019 NFL Draft. This is not a mock draft of players that I necessarily believe the Tampa Bay will choose. That’s what PewterReport.com’s 2019 Bucs’ 6-Round Mock Draft articles are for, and we will have our third edition in early March after the NFL Scouting Combine. 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.

Click on the next page below to check out which draft picks I make for Tampa Bay.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Nice article. I don’t agree completely with one sentence for multiple reasons. “Licht also trades wide receiver DeSean Jackson to Pittsburgh, which must replace Antonio Brown, who will be traded this offseason”

    First, Pittsburgh won’t trade for DeSean Jackson. They don’t want his drama. They just got rid of Bell for his and now are trying to trade Brown for the same reason. They won’t buy into his background. However, they will try to poach Adam Humphries for his $8 million. With the loss of Brown this gives them a similar receiver and they don’t have to pay Tampa anything for an unrestricted free agent.

    Nice story but I don’t see how what you wrote happening unless someone else pays that amount for Humphries and if Pittsburgh won’t use a draft pick for a receiver instead.

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    • While Pitt may not want DJax (which has yet to be determined), please don’t say you’re actually saying Hump and Brown are similar receivers. Other than size they don’t compare at all imo. 837/11,207/13.4/74 vs 219/2,329/10.6/9. Brown had as many TD’s in 2017 alone (9) as Humphries has had in his entire career so far, and that was Brown’s fewest since 2013.

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    • I absolutely Love Humphries but he is nowhere near the TYPE of receiver Jackson and Brown are. Not that he doesn’t have talent, he is just not a down field deep threat like they are. Plus Jackson isn’t as much of a Diva as Brown is.

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    • But stops here. Pitt didn’t get rid of Bell. Bell chose to leave Pitt because they wouldn’t pay him properly. Don’t think I for a minute they wouldn’t take Bell back if he would accept their original offer. That being said I don’t see Pitt trading for DJax. They know we will prob cut him if we can’t trade him but I see then going after other FA WR like Cobb or D Thomas.

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  2. I like your offseason acquisitions. But I am not a fan of your draft at all. I would not like to see us draft Wilkins with the 10th pick, and if we are signing Coleman and Barber back. Plus we signed Ellington and still have Ronald Jones, I definitely do not want us to spend a 2nd round pick on Henderson, we could use that for another upgraded o-lineman, pass rusher, or secondary. Outside of that, I would be happy with this offseason.

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  3. Decent battle plan. I don’t like paying Tevin Coleman, I’d rather see us re-structure GMC or get Iupati/Ramon to play guard. Would rather see the Bucs draft Oliver at DT since he would complement what Vita brings to the table. If we are moving on from GMC then a penetrating DT is a must and I think Oliver is special in that regard. A name to watch at CB should be Darby, he’s a FL native and could come cheaper than Kareem Jackson with similar production. The Bucs should gamble more on players from the state due to their familiarity with the weather and sense of pride being from the area. Last offseason I thought Pouncey would’ve been a good pickup at C, instead we made Jensen the highest paid C in the league. Hopefully we learn from those mistakes at some point and make more sound decisions since the cap situation has changed. Pay for players like JPP when the production clearly warrants it, but please please stop overpaying players when better fits are available.

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    • Darby has also been involved with every incident that Jameis has had. So I do not think our front office would be too quick to bring Darby into the environment

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      • A fact not many seem to know or acknowledge evidently, as lots of folks have mentioned him as a Buc FA target.

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  4. I really like your approach to handling our veterans and FA / cap. I would love all of that to happen. I don’t fully agree with approach to the draft, nor do I think we’ll end up with as many favorable trades. I think this team goes DE, G, DT, T in the top 3-4 rounds, if not necessarily in that order. I love your selections of DT Trysten Hill and DE Charles Omenihu. Trevor and Jon Ledyard have been talking them up quite a bit. If we trade down in the 1st (I would try) I would target a different set of Gators in either DE Jachai Polite or RT Jawaan Taylor. I don’t like drafting a backup QB or trading for one. If Winston goes down or isn’t the guy for whatever reason, at that point I’d like to lose as many games as possible and draft one at the top of the draft next year. If we do draft one, though, I do like Tyree Jackson.

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  5. Not a fan of this scenario. Having two ILB that weigh 225lbs in a 3-4 sounds disastrous. I don’t understand giving Kwon a long-term, second tier money contract when he’s coming off an injury and hasn’t shown an ability to get off blocks well enough to excel in a 3-4.

    Chris Lindstrom seems to be every teams favorite pick as a plug and play starter at RG in the second round. With all that hype, I’m starting to think he’s going in the bottom third of the first round and Tampa would have to trade up to get him.

    Tevin Coleman proved last year (behind a better offensive line) that he should not be an RB1

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  6. I really enjoyed your article, nice work. The one thing I take umbrage with is Wilkins (DT) at 10 in the draft. There I would take Oliver, if he is gone go with the best DE (Polite/Ferguson). Love how you address G, OT and the drafting of RB Henderson, he is a special player.

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  7. Not bad. I do disagree keeping Gholston & Spence; both too slow.

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    • Spence is too slow? If you brought up the uncertainty of his shoulder, I would feel obligated to agree. But, too slow? C’mon now. Gholston, if he can get back to being the run stuffer he was, worth every damn penny. Otherwise, deuces, bro.

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  8. I like everything except for your final OTs. I’d like to see Jonah after trading down a few spots and picking up extra picks. It’s fun to think that those trades could happen, but not realistic. Matthieu would be a great pick up as well.

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    • If we trade down, anywhere after 7 or 8, the chances of J Williams being there are slim

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      • I’ve seen mocks with Jonah Williams going in the 20’s. He’s a projected guard at the next level. Projected = Project.

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        • A film rat that loves football and starts on Alabama’s O line for four years is a project. Ha ha!

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          • Ryan Kelly was about the same. Film rat with starting experience for years at Alabama. He’s been hurt alot and is has been a mediocre center in the NFL. He contributed to getting Andrew Luck hit or sacked more than any QB his first year in the league.

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      • That’s true, Gray… Some mocks have him down in 10-15 range. I wouldn’t drop too far, but the Bucs are in the cat bird’s seat this year… Ahead of two teams taking QBs and no teams above us really need QBs. I expect that someone is going to overpay for our slot.

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        • I wanna see an overpay like Atlanta did to nab Julio. Won’t happen, but that would be awesome.
          Sombrero, projected=project? You on the same meds as BUC-ASS-BOB? God, I hope not, they’re not working for him. He is not “projected” to play guard, he is insinuated there. Majority of these pundits are just talking heads that appeal to the crowd and don’t really know that much about who should play where. This is not about me playing favorites toward Jonah, either. I just really like what he brings to the table. To be honest, hurts me to say as someone who grew up a Noles fan, but I think Ju’Waan Taylor of Florida would be the wiser pick of the two. Not to discount the talent or heart of Williams

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          • I get what you are saying but Julio is a Generational Talent, Browns got hosed on that deal.

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  9. I think this team is better served spending FA money on a LB or a RG/RT instead of RB (Coleman). I also don’t think we should draft an RB so high, instead draft another trench guy. Barber, RoJo (living up to his talent with improved coaching), Ellington, and an RB drafted in 4th or 5th round will do the trick. Trench talent is just more important now, and with better blocking/scheming/playcalling, Barber/RoJo/Ellington should be a good combo to complement our high octane passing attack. Your battle plan works, but I think we can do better. The draft is such a wild card because we don’t know who will be there at 5 and where we might trade down to. Nice job though.

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    • I am inclined to agree with you, as far as passing on Coleman and using that money to bring in more bodies on the OLine. However, bringing in a tackle or guard in FA will be cost prohibitive, in comparison. Either way, Coleman…. PASS. I feel the same about drafting another RB in the 2nd. Henderson is pretty damn good, but he won’t change this team’s rush attack if we don’t dump some serious capital on the horses up front

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  10. Great article.
    For me it keeps coming back to the awful job jason does with this roster.
    I really don’t understand how he keeps his job

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    • .. Licht has a terrible record as gm with so many failures . Makes no since for anyone to give you a thumbs down

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      • *sense

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        • thanks :>))

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  11. Liked a lot of this….however, the idea of basically having 4 premium RB’s is hilariously bad.

    Agree with the Tevin Coleman signing and think hes a fit…just no damn way you do that and then turn around and spend another 2nd round pick on an RB. This team has way too many needs and holes to fill to be throwing around premium picks on luxuries like that

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    • Struck me as an odd pick as well, especially in the 2nd Round. Reynolds DOES like him some Henderson though, so wasn’t surprised. And we still have rookie Shaun Wilson at RB, whom the coaches may see something in as well. Seems like there might be a better OT prospect available at #41 than grabbing Scharping in the 3rd. It’s all speculation at this point, but it’s fun to play the game.

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    • Though I wouldn’t call Coleman, Barber, Jones and Ellington 4 premium RB’s. That’s a little hilarious as well 🙂 Agree with your point otherwise. Believe SR may see Henderson as a better RB than anyone among that group, though many projected Jones would be our #1 already, so the draft is far from a certainty in that regard.

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      • True,,,I meant to use the term “premium” to apply to salary and draft capital not level of stature in the NFL.

        Basically, my overall point is it’s very dumb roster management to spend cap room on an RB to start…and then turn around and draft an RB in the 2nd.

        To me, it seems smart to call RoJo’s year last year a “redshirt” year and treat him almost as a new draft pick.

        With that 2nd round pick that SR has ticketed for Darrell Henderson, I would go with a stand up rusher who is a more natural 3-4 fit than the incumbents

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  12. Seeing all this on paper doesn’t thrill me. Reminds me that we have lot holes and depth issues still that won’t be fixed in one year. I hope LB position can stay healthy it’s been crazy bad luck. I also get anxiety looking at that O line. Especially if some injuries occur we could be in very bad shape. I think coaching will help but man I just can’t get excited if that’s what the final O line looks like. Secondary should be much improved with better coaching and if Hargreaves stays healthy. Losing him and forcing Stewart and others into starting hurt us badly on defense last year.

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  13. DT Oliver or ILB White in the 1st round. I don’t think a couple 225 lb guys at ILB are going to work as well as you think, but I could be wrong. I link Wilkins as a third option in the first after Oliver or White (or, God willing, Q Williams before any of them if he drops that far).

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  14. I don’t know if you are serious or sitting back laughing at the one’s who buy into your plan but it’s ridiculous Scott.
    Start with trading 7th Rd for Drew Stanton a career back up. How bout keep Griffin.
    Next you trade Mcoy for 4th and 5th leaving a gigantic hole in the defense hoping a developmental project can pick up the slack. If the Bills can win with Mcoy why can’t we. Then you want us to sign an average LB coming off major knee injury 9 mil a year for 4 years. Seriously if Kwon was healthy no team in the league makes that offer let alone sign him. Alright I understand our RB situation need improvement but Tevin Coleman was no better than Barber last year so why not fix the problem Oline and spend the money elsewhere maybe CB,LB,safety,TE. Your plan guarantees we loose, GM gets fired, HC is on the hot seat, Winston gets cut and we’re rebuilding in 2020.

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    • You want to know why Patriots win every year Scott, it’s because they don’t give away 7th Rd picks for a career backup QB. Instead they’ll plug in a 7th rounder named Trent Brown and trade him to any sucker willing to give away picks. Drew Staton!

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  15. Everybody has an opinion and most differ. I offer this not to say the opinions offered at PR are wrong but that some differ. For me I’m going to wait until the combine is over and the owner’s meeting has been held. Not for the player performances or that I enjoy the chatter of old billionaires, but that’s where deals are done. And of course people talk. March 13th (free agency)is not far away and a lot of questions will be answered. I can wait! Go Bucs!

    http://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2019/02/22/why-gerald-mccoy-will-return-for-a-10th-season-with-the-bucs/

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    • Love how Stroud points out that when McCoy returns, he will be entering his 10th season as a Bucs player which was longer than Warren Sapp. At a bargain of ONLY 13 million. Lol. Oh and no trade market exists for GMC because the deep free agent field and deep draft so the Bucs better keep him around? Huh? How’s that logic work?

      Too bad GMC never came close to emulating the leadership, swagger, mental toughness, or most importantly the PRODUCTION of undeniable Buccaneer All Time Great Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp. HE WAS A PLAYER TEAMS GAME PLANNED HARD AGAINST AND STILL HAD NO ANSWERS.

      This is such a poor comparison. Its like comparing Demar Dotson to Paul Gruber because he’s been in Tampa longer, therefore he must be just as good. Hogwash.

      GMC never even played better than his draft foil Ndamakong Suh.

      McCoy is a nice guy who always finishes last.

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      • I don’t know, man. I think his bank account would beg to differ on the finishing last comment

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        • Great point. Sam Bradford has made more than McCoy. He must be great too then?

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  16. McCoy is staying and nobody is going to give up a 3rd round pick for DJax. With McCoy staying we wont draft DT in first round but hopefully Josh Allen is there.

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    • Gruden might give up a 3rd rounder. He HATES rookies. He LOVES old fast WR’s. There isn’t a 3rd rounder coming out that Gruden would say is better than Desean Jackson. Perfect PERFECT pairing.

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      • Except Gruden traded, arguably, the best defensive player in the league because he was due a pay day

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        • Khalil Mack signed a 6 year deal for 141 million with the Bears.

          Jackson is owed 10 million for 2019. That is a price I could see Gruden willing to pay for a player of Jacksons talent.

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  17. That’s a terrible mock draft. No need for 5 RBs and 4 TEs on 53 man roster. I’d rather have one more ILB and OLB.

    Hopefully the other Pewter Report guys do better.

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    • Damn forgot Shaun Wilson. Yeah no need for 6 RBs.

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      • I agree with you on the running backs. If the Bucs draft another RB in the second round, why keep Barber or bring Coleman in?

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  18. McCoy isn’t staying unless they restructure his contract. I doubt anyone gives anything for idiot Jackson either though.

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  19. Maybe 5th or 6th for Jackson….if lucky

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    • Jackson has value to a team with a QB that can accurately hit the deep pass. Pittsburgh makes some sense if they lose Brown. San Fran makes some sense. Houston makes some sense.

      There’s one team that makes the most sense though…Oakland. Its a homecoming for DJax. Gruden loves old timers with speed at WR. They have a definite need.

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      • Amari Cooper, better in every way but speed. Traded by Gruden. Why? Cap space. You really think he’s gonna want a $10M cry baby on his squad?

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        • Amari isn’t D.Jax. At least not to Gruden.

          Speed kills. Gruden had Tim Brown in Oaktown. He brought in Galloway, McCardell, and drafted some pipsqueek from appelaichain state in the second round the year he got fired. Dexter Jackson who was very afraid, but he was also very fast. He has always admired Desean Jackson.

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    • I agree. even a 7th is better than nothing. No reason to cut him until guaranteed $ are due. He did not earn the courtesy early pre-FA cut that Curry did either. I hope/think Licht gets something. Go Bucs!

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  20. I think you’re dreaming Scott that McCoy, and D Jax have that kind of trade value. God bless the Bucs if they could get that kind of draft capitol for those two. Your draft picks aren’t bad, but I don’t think a 226 pound LB inside would hold up. We do need LB help, and would rather see us draft White, and pick up a DT later since there is a lot of talent available. I think the Bucs should sign a FA LB, but not Kwon. Throwing 36 million on an undersized LB coming off an ACL doesn’t make sense. There has to be a better 3-4 LB option in free agency then Kwon.

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    • I agree with you 100% about McCoy or Djax trade value. Pipe dream. Buffalo is the ideal trade partner for GMC. I also think keeping Alxander and David are mistakes in a 3-4, even though they are my favorite two players on defense. Bucs need a Ray Lewis type at ILB, which is obviously a tall order but there are a few kids coming out that have size, speed, healthy knees, youth and aren’t part of a losing culture. Devin White is definitely one of them.

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  21. Hey, great article! Not everyone can agree on everything, but I enjoy seeing everyone’s thoughts on what the bucs should do this year.
    I gotta say, I’m really anxious to see what the bucs will do come March!

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  22. Overall I think it is a solid plan. One thing I don’t like that you guys do is select different players in your mini mock drafts only because the player you would pick is also in your official Mock Draft. Just pick who you wanna pick.

    That being said, RB is a position that we should either grab someone like Coleman one FA or Draft one in the first 3 rounds, not both. Barber has been a good runner when given proper blocking and I feel would really take off with a better line, I feel Jones would change peoples minds too so picking up one more solid option would be needed, but not both.

    The Oline really needs to be the focus on Offense. Lindstrom sounds like a solid pick but we could really use a Tackle in the top 3 rounds if we can pick up an extra pick.

    I would also like to think that McCoy could go for at least a 3rd round pick as well, not that I actually wanna see him go. A Veteran CB is definitely a necessity. It would be interesting if we could grab a couple players in some trades over just late round Drafts Picks.

    I’m just really hyped for this offseason to get goin here once FA starts and see how this team starts to shape up. I think guys like Adams and Hargreaves are gonna fill spots we though we’re holes and our needs will start to whiddle down to a very manageable amount for the Draft. I think by Draft time our needs will be Oline, LB, Dline Depth and Backup QB.

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  23. Love:
    – Honey Badger and Jackson in FA
    – Lindstrom in Rd2

    Dislike:
    – Wilkins – hasn’t the NFL learned that Clemson DLinemen are system DLinemen yet? Just like Baylor QBs, anyone playing offense at Oregon, and so forth. The best we’ve seen is one good year from Vic Beasley surrounded by 3 pretty awful ones. NO MORE CLEMSON DLINEMEN.
    – why aren’t we picking 5th overall in your draft? Keep that pick and take a top-5 player!

    Hate:
    – one of the top-10 DTs in the league for a 4th and a 5th round pick….YUCK! I know that Licht followed Lovie’s wishes and got us Kwon in the 4th round once upon a time. Lovie is long gone, and Licht is terrible in the draft. This move is giving away a probowler for nothing, in order to save cap money, which we don’t need to save.

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  24. Scott, interesting article with a lot of good strategy. If you watched closely the job Liedtke did playing LT for two preseason games when his experience was as a Guard, you would realize he gave up no sacks or or pressures for both games and was not penalized for holding either. He completely outplayed D. Smith who had three years experience at the position. In my book that makes D. Smith trade bait and we take a LT in the draft in the first round after we trade down that wasn’t with a spread team and start Liedtke until the rookie is developed to NFL speed. Also BA wants big LBs for his 3-4 so that means Minter and another big LB in the middle and not David or Alexander (the latter wants way too much money and doesn’t cover well and has trouble separating from blocks.)

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  25. Jennings doesn’t last until the 5th.

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  26. Is Stevie Tu’ikolovatu still on the roster?

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    • Yes. IR last year. Entering his 3rd year in the league I think.

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  27. Eycarumba! There are more Big Sombrero sightings here than an episode of The Cisco Kid. (Youngsters look it up on Google or ask Alexa) Muy bueno amigo! Your photo reminds me of the “big hat brothers” who used to wear these giant orange cowboy hats to the games at the old Sombrero.

    Without getting into specifics of developing off-season plans; I have but a few philosophies:

    01.) Retain your own players if warranted.
    02.) Be very cautious when considering signing another team’s free agents.
    03.) Draft the BPA.
    04.) Don’t keep players too long after they have started their inevitable decline.
    05.) Quickly rid the roster of malcontents.
    06.) Recognize mistakes and move on.
    07.) Allow youngsters sufficient opportunities in the off-season programs.
    08.) Encourage former players to remain part of the family.
    09.) Develop an understanding of player’s strengths and weaknesses to maximize his contribution.
    10.) Find a frigging placekicker!

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    • Perfect!

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  28. Sorry Scott, but McCoy and Hump? The strongest part of our team was WR. Gotta keep Humphries. DT Wilkins doesn’t flow my boat either, lot of DL talent on the board instead of him. You shouldn’t sacrifice McCoy for rookie Dt. Like the Honey Bear in FA.

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  29. I don’t see Denver trading up for a QB. They just traded for Flacco. We don’t even know what they have up yet. It could be their 3rd round pick but more likely a 4th. So if denver trades up with us, it would have traded their top 4 picks for 2QBs, Flacco and a rookie. I just don’t see that happening. If we are going to trade back it will probably be Miami, Jacksonville, cincy, or Washington. All in need of a QB.

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