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.

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.

The Current State Of The Buccaneers

It was fool’s gold. That’s what it was. The Bucs’ 9-7 season, in which they barely missed out on the playoffs, in Dirk Koetter’s first season at head coach was fool’s gold. Call it whatever you want; luck, fortune, favor – Keith Tandy. Whatever it was, it wasn’t real – we woke up.

The two years that followed were frustrating, not just because the team was not winning overall, but because that 9-7 record was in the back of our minds. We thought that if it happened once, it could be a building block and that or something greater could happen again. As the talent on the roster increased, the wins did not. As the expectations mounted, those in charge shrunk.

A clean slate – it had to be done.

But it wasn’t entirely a clean slate, only in the coaching staff. Other than the owners, one man from the Koetter era remains, and it’s up to him to fix it.

Bucs GM Jason Licht
Bucs GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Jason Licht is in a “prove it” deal right now for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, much like a player coming off injury. There are things to like about Licht’s tenure in Tampa Bay and there are blunders that blemish it. We’ve written about this plenty in the past, but for every good find you can find a bad one; for every successful draft pick there is a negative counterpart. Licht has been given every opportunity he could want as a general manager. He’s had his chance to pick a quarterback No. 1 overall. He’s had years with plenty of salary cap to spend money in. But, if you ask me, the one thing Licht has never had in Tampa Bay is a real head coach.

Now – Bucs fans certainly hope – he finally does.

The longer I cover the game of football the more I realize that coach matters, and it matters a lot. You can bring in all the talent and the potential you want, but unless you have the coaching staff to get the most out of every player on the roster, you’re always going to be living below your expectations. Whether it was the defense or the rookies or the kickers or the points scored, it always felt like the Bucs were under-performing under Koetter, for a multitude of reasons. For the defense, it was an ignorance to the issue; for young players, it was a slow-swinging potential; and as for points, Bucs fans learned the hard way that yards are no guarantee.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bruce Arians’ track record is very different. In ever stage of his coaching career since his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the mid-2000s, he’s overachieved. He’s overachieved with rosters, with cap room and with situations. He’s overachieved as a coach both on and off the field with his players. He’s shown an ability to connect with players and personnel like few coaches have – that’s why he has an award few coaches have as a two-time NFL Coach of the Year.

Arians inherits a roster that is, on paper, probably the best roster he has ever inherited, in his first year anywhere. The Bucs have their quarterback in place with a plethora of offensive weapons around him. They have an offensive line that needs a boost more than it need a blowing up. They have a double-digit sack player, one of the best second level linebackers in the league, and young talent in the secondary.

It’s a roster that calls for tweaks more than a teardown – after all, Arians doesn’t rebuild, he reloads.

So what would an ideal reload look like? Well, if I were a Glazer, Licht and Arians rolled into one, I think it would look something like this.

Buccaneers’ Trades

With the talk of Gerald McCoy and DeSean Jackson possibly just being cut out right, I do not see there being a team that will be willing to move on from a draft pick just to potentially over pay for a one-year rental. If the Bucs want to create cap space, I think they’ll have to cut their big name guys. I don’t see there being a realistic trade market for either, so I can’t pretend for there to be in my battle plan.

If I am the Bucs, though, I am trading tight end Cameron Brate. Though I explained in detail in a recent Cover 3 that Arians will have no problem emphasizing his offense around tight end O.J. Howard, having a back up tight end make $7 million does not make much sense. You can likely get a fourth- or fifth-round pick for Brate if you traded him for a draft pick this year, but I say trade him to a team like the Cowboys, who might pay the likes of a second-round pick in 2020 to get a guy like Brate now. That’s a big return on investment and a fit that makes sense.

Buccaneers’ Cuts

The talk of the town this offseason surrounding the Buccaneers has been what the team will do with long time defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

McCoy has played for the Buccaneers for nine seasons. He is currently third all-time in franchise history with 54.5 sacks, trailing only Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice, two Hall of Fame-caliber players. McCoy was drafted by the Buccaneers No. 3 overall in 2010. Since then he has been a six-time Pro Bowler and a three-time First-Team All Pro. McCoy has been the face of the Buccaneers defense for nearly a decade now, and when you think of the Bucs, you often think of McCoy.

But then there is the other side of the coin. McCoy turned 30 years old this past February. He has never had a double-digit sack season in his entire career, and has been on the downward slope in production since 2016. McCoy’s contract does not expire until 2021, at which he will be 32 years old. He is owed $13M against the cap for 2019, and that number only goes down to $12M for 2020 and 2021. However, there is no dead money to move on from him at anytime.

So do the Bucs do it?

I say no.

Make no mistake: McCoy can help the Buccaneers win football games. The Bucs were not good enough along the defensive line last year, but without McCoy they would be even worse. This is not a rebuilding year. This is not a “let’s stack up on cap space we won’t use” year – the best defensive players aren’t going to hit the market. This is Jameis Winston’s last year of his contract, and activating the team-option on his deal meant you’re also doing everything you can to surround him with the best football team you can to get wins.

That means keeping McCoy.

The big determining factor for keeping McCoy above what people would say is a declining return on investment is this: I don’t think McCoy has ever had real defensive coaching and a real defensive philosophy. Raheem Morris was in over his head, Greg Schiano was a lunatic, Lovie Smith’s defense was soft as can be – actually somehow Mike Smith’s was softer. Those are the coaches McCoy has had to deal with.

Not anymore.

It’s time to get mean, get aggressive and play in a real defense under Todd Bowles and Bruce Arians. For that reason, McCoy should stay a Buccaneer.

As for the rest, I am moving on from DeSean Jackson, freeing up $10 million in cap space with no penalty. I would also be moving on from Demar Dotson at $4.67 million, Beau Allen at $5 million, Bryan Anger at $3 million, Mitch Unrein at $3.75 million and Evan Smith at $2 million.

Those move, along with trading Brate, would give me $48.9M to play with in free agency.

Unrestricted Free Agent Re-signings

RT Donovan Smith – 1-Year, $14 Million Franchise Tag
As I have written before, I believe the best course of action for the Buccaneers when it comes to Donovan Smith is to franchise tag him.

I don’t believe Smith has played well enough to early one of the top offensive tackle contracts he would likely command on the open market. So, to the Bucs advantage, it would be better for them to tag him. The reason for this is because, where in free agency his potential contract numbers would be going up against just offensive tackles, the top tag money established for him in the franchise tag is averaged through all offensive linemen, interior offensive linemen included. Since interior players make less than tackles, this helps drive the price down.

This would also set up Smith to be in a one-year window in unison with Winston. You can hope both improve all you want. But you better not confuse hope with foolishness. Allow yourself to be protected if neither player steps up.

MLB Kwon Alexander – 4-Years, $28 Million

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

I don’t think Alexander is going to get the $10 million everyone believe he is. He’s coming off a torn ACL at a position that commands you be laterally quick, and he’s a player who boasts athleticism as his calling card. Tampa Bay is not even sure he’ll be ready to open up the season.

I believe the Bucs want Alexander back, and I believe he wants to be a Buccaneer. Despite what is being reported right now, I believe there is a chance McCoy could restructure his deal to make sure Alexander stays no matter what. I think Alexander and McCoy will cost the Bucs $20 million however you split it. But I think both will be Bucs in the end, and if I can get them for that price, that’s what I would do, too.

MLB Kevin Minter – 1-Year, $1 Million
Minter’s production numbers on a per-snap basis were insane for 2018. Not that I think he can keep that up, but he is familiar with Arians and Todd Bowles’ system, and would be a preferred backup in the middle.

QB Josh McCown – 1-Year, $2.5 Million
McCown was a starting quarterback for Todd Bowles in ew York. I think he makes sense as a veteran back up. he’s almost at age 40 now, so I think the Bucs can get him relatively cheap.

Unrestricted Free Agents Not Re-Signed

WR Adam Humphries
Whether it’s $6 million, $7 million, $8 million, whatever, I would move on from Humphries for the money he is likely going to command.

Humphries has put in the time, he’s worked his way up, he’s done the dirty work and he’s taken the hard hits. He deserves the best pay day he can get. It just shouldn’t be in Tampa Bay. Humphries would be the fourth-best receiving option at best on the Bucs going into 2019, and $6 million – $8 million per year is too much for that, especially when you have a guy like Justin Watson waiting in the wings.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
It’s been a weird ride to this conclusion, but Fitzpatrick should not be back with the Buccaneers next year.

Fitzpatrick had way too much success last year to continue to be the back up, which may sound weird to read, but there cannot be any division from Winston as the guy. Winston can’t have two bad games and people start talking about Fitzpatrick. That can’t be. For this franchise, their devotion to Winston needs to be worth more than a preferred back up.

S Chris Conte
It’s a shame that Conte’s last game as Buc would be the game where he got stiff armed into oblivion, but it has to be done. This team needs new blood in its secondary.

LB Adarius Taylor
Taylor was fine as a fill-in linebacker, but he’s a depth piece that can likely be replaced with someone who knows Bowles and Arians’ systems better.

CB Brent Grimes
LOL.

QB Ryan Griffin
If They didn’t play Ryan Griffin last year, they never will. Don’t keep a quarterback you’ll never play.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers
Rodgers was fine for this team, but they recently signed Andre Ellington, and he is going to play the Rodgers role for Arians’ offense.

LB Cameron Lynch
I could see Lynch being brought back on a minimal deal since he gives such great effort for special teams. I would say this is a guy you let walk and bring back for camp, if he’s still available.

DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Nunez-Roches was fine for that he was brought in to do late in the season. But he is another player I would not prioritize and perhaps have back in at camp when 2019 kicks off.

S Josh Shaw
Shaw actually played better than I thought he would as such a late addition to the team in 2018, but as stated before, it’s time for new blood in the secondary.

LS Garrison Sanborn
I really don’t know anything about long snapper markets, but Sanborn is another player who could be brought back into camp, and perhaps at the end of free agency, but you’d have to see how much money you have left over.

K Cairo Santos
Though I believe Santos did a very nice job getting things back on track with the Bucs kicking game, he still has a limited leg in terms of distance, and there is a certain free agent kicker I have my eyes on.

Restricted Free Agent Re-signings

RB Peyton Barber – 1-Year $3 Million

Bucs RB Peyton Barber - Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs RB Peyton Barber – Photo by: Getty Images

Peyton Barber deserves to be back with the Buccaneers, and if I’m being honest with you, signing Barber’s restricted tender and giving Ronald Jones some confidence with a new coaching staff along with allocating more resources toward the offensive line is a better play than going out and spending bigger money on a running back.

We all saw what the price tag became for a guy like Jerick McKinnon last year – who the Bucs did want and tried to go after. How much more do you think it will be for more solidified talents like Mark Ingram and Tevin Coleman?

Give me Barber, RoJo, Andre Ellington and a re-vamped offensive line over thinking a running back in this free agency class would be more of a fix.

SS Andrew Adams – $1-Year, $2 Million
Though I did say that the Bucs secondary needed some fresh faces, I am comfortable with bringing a guy like Adams back for a small tender in the restricted free agent market. His experience in the league and success last year gives me confidence in him as a depth player.

Restricted Free Agents Not Re-signed

FB Alan Cross
Alan Cross recently retired from the game to go be the guy who yells at players instead of being the player who gets yelled at. Alan was and is an awesome dude, and I wish him nothing but the best as he helps the coaching staff at the University of Memphis.

LB Devante Bond
Enough time has passed now to safely determine that Bond is not a guy that you look to prioritize. He’s had chances to crack the starting lineup and hasn’t made the most of it.

CB DeVante Harris
Harris played well for this team, and though he could be in the same boat as Adams to be brought back with more veteran experience, I’m strapped for cash in this battle plan, so we’ll have to move on.

OT Leonard Wester
Wester could be brought back as a depth piece. I wouldn’t have much of a problem with that, but he’s not a guy to prioritize.

CB Javien Elliott
Man, I really like Elliott as a depth piece, but this battle plan makes it tough for me to keep him around. Would love to have him back in camp to start 2019 in case we let go of some veterans and free up some more cash.

Exclusive Rights Free Agent Re-signings

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Exclusive Rights Free Agents Not Re-signed

S Isaiah Johnson
When Isaiah Johnson ran into the wall at Raymond James Stadium, that was it for me. I am kidding, but I do think the Bucs can get a more familiar piece in the secondary than Johnson to fit into Bowles defense.

OT Michael Liedtke
I would let Liedtke go and see if i can get a better depth offensive lineman in the draft.

Bucs’ 2019 Free Agent Additions

C-G Mitch Morse – 4-Years, $28 million
Here’s my theme this offseason: fix the offensive line. Get new guys in, and acquire as much talent as you can get. I don’t care that it might not exactly line up to a perfect starting rotation. I’m going to acquire good offensive linemen and I’m going to let the coaching staff figure out how to make the best line of them.

Mitch Morse, age 27, didn’t surrender a sack in 2018 while playing center for the Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, according to PFF, Morse hasn’t given up a sack since his rookie season in 2015, the longest active streak in the NFL. Morse has missed 14 games in the last two seasons, and that could be why the Chiefs don’t retain him. If they don’t, I like the idea of Morse coming into this Tampa Bay lineup to play either center or guard. That would surely shore up the interior offensive line.

Morse played both left and right tackle in college at Missouri. He’s one of those players who is just a good offensive lineman wherever you put him. That’ll fit fine in Tampa Bay.

SS Tyrann Mathieu – 3-Years, $21 million
Alright you NFL rumor mil addicts (me) here you go.

This one just makes too much sense, right? I mean, Bruce Arians has said that Tyrann Mathieu is his favorite player he’s ever coached, and Mathieu feels the same way about Arians. By bringing Kwon Alexander and Gerald mcCoy back, I think Mathieu would love to make his way down to Tampa Bay.

I think they get him, and that’s what I would do, too.

Falcons K Matt Bryant
Falcons K Matt Bryant – Photo by: Getty Images

Matt Bryant – 2-Years, $3 million
You know what the one way to reverse a curse is? Sign the curse.

I know Matt Bryant is coming off a groin injury from his 2018 season, but this dude can still kick. Unless he were to show signs of a major drop off in kicking power and consistency in tryouts, I’m 100 percent going after Bryant, and I’m making the man who should’ve always been a Buc a Buc again.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

54 COMMENTS

  1. A bird in the hand. . .
    I am done with high priced free agents. They use up cap space, have bad locker room karma and underperform. I have a hard time thinking of any top dollar free agent that worked out other than VJAX. Let’s just not go there.
    What we do know is that we have two proven workhorses who want to stay with the Bucs. Humphries and Brate. They are worth every penny. Don’t tell me we don’t have the money for these guys. Just avoid signing some free agent money pits and PRESTO problem solved.
    And, please, for the love of God, stay away from Josh McCowan. Haven’t we been punished enough?
    Sorry, Trevor. Not some of your best work here. A very rare misfire.

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    • Wait, wait, so you’re telling me you’d rather be spending $15M on WR4 and TE2 than a starting strong safety and a starting (really good) offensive lineman?

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      • Well, you can take my opinion and three bucks and get a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Like most fans, I just shoot off at the mouth without necessarily knowing what I’m talking about.
        There are two parts to my argument.
        One, I think Brate and Humphries deserve to stay. And, yeah, I want the tandem of Howard and Brate. With only one good TE, Bucs are an injury away from disaster.
        Two, I just don’t trust the big name free agents. It hasn’t worked out yet.
        So, obviously management isn’t going to listen to me, but, yeah, I’d keep both of them.
        I really like your work, Trevor. Hard to think of when I’ve disagreed with you before. And, thanks for the personal reply.

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        • I make the same argument me FOR McCoy and Kwon, so I get where you’re coming from. I just don’t see the return on investment as strong for those guys as I do the guys I kept. And that’s fair about the free agents! Their success rate is lower than drafted talent, but I think the Bucs have to do something to change the offensive line in both free agency and the draft.

          And I never mean to come off as offended or insulting. First time for everything in disagreeing with me, haha! Differing opinions are more than welcome. I love hearing what others think just as much as I love writing them myself. Cape for your guys!

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          • No offense from my end.
            So, did you envision a scenario where the Bucs traded down in the draft?
            I think that’s the only way we get more picks. I can’t see anyone giving us anything for any of our players. Maybe a sixth at best for Jackson.

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          • Trevor, I don’t mind your plan at all. At this stage in the game, it’s as good as any other. My BIG question is why are all of you putting L David and K Alexander on the inside and Beckwith on the outside?? Aren’t they all more suited to play the opposite? Also, I’m not sure if JPP can play LB, but I know for a fact that Nassib CAN’T! Isn’t that why CLE cut him in the first place? He is a MUCH better fit in a 4-3 than a 3-4. Those are the only problems I have with either of your drafts.

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          • Trevor I agreed with a lot of the things you said but if you’re a mathematician and historian how do you really believe there’s a quarterback in place with the history he has if history repeats itself and the math stays the same Bruce Arians fails as a head coach with this quarterback. If you use history and math instead of hopium you might come to a different conclusion.

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        • Pete, don’t sleep on Auclair. Dude can play some ball and is more versatile than Brate. He’s a big guy with wheels. Hands, compared to Cam, are a little suspect. But, something he’s been working to improve. Not that they are bad. Dude is good with leverage in the blocking and is good at breaking through the progressions to get to his route. Two years in the league now and, I believe, hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential. Playing behind two of the better TEs in the league will have that effect, due to lack of game time snaps.

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      • No top drawer overpriced FAs, OLine or otherwise, but I like getting Matheiu. We can keep Hump and Brate and still get Matheiu. It’s not either or. Greenberg is a cap master. Fill the RG spot in 2nd round after a trade down for the extra pick. Go Bucs.

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  2. You’re really gonna go into 2019 with the same linebackers? No. I respectfully say that’s a mistake. Their coverage numbers are awful. Not a fan of the TE picture either.
    Nice job on OL. Quinnen obviously would be lovely on the other side and the RB projection seems realistic. But overall I’m only lukewarm on this.

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  3. I actually tried to make it work with signing C.J. Mosley, because I do agree, but he’s just going to want too much money. It wasn’t realistic.

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    • Trevor I agree that Mosley will be a very tough get. Perhaps a more cost-effective option in the $5 million range? If that’s not feasible exchange one of the Day 2 or 3 picks.

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  4. I like this one a lot better than last one and find I think like Trevor a lot. Lol.

    McCoy and Alexander make sense if price is right.

    Franchise tag for Smith is smart move too.

    I really don’t hate any of this plan. I have lot concerns about O line getting fixed Year one and last plan didn’t address it imo.

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  5. I hate losing Brate and would not have done that last year in Koetters offense. However if Arians isn’t using two tied end sets much he’s a luxury they can’t afford. Just hope Howard stays healthy.

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  6. So far Scott’s plan, D grade.

    Trevor’s plan, B grade.

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  7. I’d rather pay to much for Mosely then bring Kwon, and McCoy back for 20 million. Both players have captained some of the worst defenses in Buc history. Time for a new direction, Mosely is a 3-4 LB, we don’t know if Kwon can even play in that system, and will miss all of OTA’s, training camp, preseason, and might not be ready for the opener. Why would you want to throw more money at him expecting a different result? This draft is loaded at DT, good ones into the middle rounds, why pay McCoy a career loser, with no meaningful wins, or playoff games on his resume? He’s had nine years to show he’s capable of taking over a game when it counts, and there’s just no bite in this dog. Sorry Ben, my bad, what an embarrassment. We’ve always been excited when new coaches come in to turn our lovable losers into winners only to be disappointed. We’re headed down that rabbit hole again. Maybe it ain’t the X’s, and O’s that need to change, it’s the Jimmy’s, and Joe’s.

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    • You might be right on that last sentence. We shall see.

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  8. Maybe I did my math wrong… But did you only leave $2.4 million for rookies and in season signings?

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    • Math is not my strong suit, so I hope not, but maybe.

      If that’s the case just cut McCoy now *wink*

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  9. I always find myself agreeing with you the most Trevor, this is a solid plan..while I love Brate, I know Arians isn’t really a 2 TE system kind of guy so it does make sense moving on from him..my only concern is that OJ has not been able to stay healthy. Kwon is around the price range I would be willing to bring him back for, but it would be nice to bring in some other linebackers to this defense too, I hope we atleast bring cj mosely in just to see what he wants, he’s way better than Kwon. Also, who do you see as our starting corners? I see you didn’t draft a corner til the 4th round and didn’t have any free agents for us, I know on one side we have Carlton Davis, who are you assuming to be our other starting corner? Great job Trevor.

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  10. MCCOY EXCUSE CANNON : PREPARE TO FIRE!!

    Sikkema says:
    “I don’t think McCoy has ever had real defensive coaching and a real defensive philosophy.” -How was JPP successful last year? Nassib? Vea? Same coaches right?

    “It’s time to get mean, get aggressive and play in a real defense under Todd Bowles and Bruce Arians.” -Just gonna flip the switch? LOL. If only life worked that way. Old dogs, new tricks. Millions in the bank already.

    DC Leslie Frasier was a HC. Lovie Smith was a defensive guru and took his team to the superbowl. Schiano won a National Championship as DC after Tampa. “Lunatic” Schiano now the Patriot DC. Mike Smith was a head coach with a winning record. His defense in Jacksonville was ferocious. Suddenly they came to Tampa and decided to play soft? Coaches coach. Players play.

    Moving on to the rest of the plan…

    No one knows which players will get injuries. If Tampa loses OJ for the 3rd straight year or if they lose Mike Evans to IR, GAME OVER. The offense will have a hard time putting up enough points to account for any defense featuring Gerald McCoy.

    You have the Bucs keeping 8 linebackers which are broken into 2 categories…OLB and ILB. Arians was quoted on Bucs.com about using linebackers that are “big men that can really run” to improve team speed, the defense AND the special teams unit. Special teams was another big problem area in his estimation.

    Which linebackers are covering kicks? Minter? Ok. Lynch? Ok. You think Kwon and Lavonte will be on teams? This is another problem with your plan.

    Linebackers are wrong, WR is thin, TE is thin, right side of the OL is new and the new kicker is 43 and groin injury prone. Many key pieces are on 1 year prove it deals, including Licht.

    Good try man. This is a recipe for disaster though.

    It’s a Bucs Life.

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    • You think JPP, Nassib can play? JPP and Nassib were successful because of Mcoy. JPP had 1.0 sack in 15′ in 2016 7.0 sacks in 2017 8.5 sacks with Mcoy in 18′ 12.5 sacks. Cleveland cut Nassib because he had a total of 5.5 sacks in two years, with Mcoy 6.5 sacks. Mcoy flushes the pocket to allow these guys to eat. You go ahead and bash Mcoy all you want but us Buc fans are smarter than that.

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      • So was that because of McCoy or because of the Dline coach, his name is eluding me? Or perhaps it was because they switched schemes and became more of an attacking line instead of all the stupid stunting we had with the old regime. I don’t recall any other dlinemen excelling next to McCoy in the first 8 years of his career.

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        • I say Mcoy, how would you explain JPP and Nassib’s production?

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          • The line coaches you are thinking about all got fired, Mcoy is still here. Obviously BA and his new coaching staff disagree with you, but some of us on here know more than the professionals.

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  11. Not the greatest plan I’ve seen so far. Signing McCown again is daft, might as well stick with Fitz in that case. Either that or actually have some faith in Griffin and have him as the clear backup. You want us to go all in on Winston this year, well no point in signing a vet QB or drafting one then, sink or swim with the interception machine this year. I note that on your “way too early” list you have DE John Cominsky listed yet in your projected draft you didn’t draft him, doubt he’ll be undrafted.

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  12. I do not like this plan. Scott’s was much better. First I would give this an F just for signing Josh Mccown alone. Also we desperately need a veteran CB in free agency for sure. Not adding a LB is just silly. Waiting until the 4th round to take a CB would be a mistake.

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    • Lol y’all hate McCown so much!

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      • Its more of a Love/Hate situation. If it wasnt for Mccown we would have never got Winston!

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      • Just have a look at his Bucs-highlight reel….if you can stomach it…then you’ll understand the disgust.

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  13. Between you and Reynolds your killing me😉. The first pick should be a DE. I know Bosa and Allen won’t be available, Ferrell, Gary or if we trade back Polite or Sweat. I just feel we have an opportunity to get a DE high we need to. We have JPP and 🤔 Gholston, need I say more. If we trade back and are able to pick up a extra 2 then we can go DE (1) and DT and OG or OT (2).

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  14. Would like to see a QB added that may actually have the potential to be a viable longer-term replacement for Winston if he finally fails to prove to be the franchise QB most of us are hoping he can be (though believe he’s going to have to have another major off-the-field issue for the Glazers to move on). And believe another vet CB is needed to compete opposite Davis instead of another rookie. Plenty of youth already at CB to develop, Claiborne, McCourty, Desir, Jackson or Verrett might be better alternatives. Would prefer to see a LB added in rounds 3/4 instead of another G or CB, though have to admit not sure who that might be at this point. Overall, like the plan but would make a few tweaks personally. Nice write-up Trevor.

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  15. No way I take a fourth of fifth for Brate, a second, sure. But not to Cowboys. Send him to San Diego in the AFC. Antonio Gates has to be like 50 years old. Brate becomes an instant starter and a go to guy for Phillip Rivers.

    And no way we keep McCoy. Try a trade for a decent player, low draft pick, whatever. The guy hasn’t shown up for nine years. Why would you expect him to be better in 2019? And after next year we definitely will have to cut him just for the cap hit, plus he’ll be coming off a terrible year.

    I’d attempt a trade of D-Jax with the Raiders – even if it’s a sixth or seventh rounder.

    Not excited about McCown either.

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  16. I’d like this offseason, I only make 2 changes though. I’d like to see us take Darrin Hall instead of Anderson. I’d also prefer us taking David Edwards over Yodny Cajuste

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  17. Here’s one of the 53 man rosters I’ve been chopping and changing over the last few weeks.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OyzH5XKRnTT-P47sKvsWM5RH4Epg9PFAumP0vTz6iAU/edit?usp=sharing

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  18. This plan is pretty solid. The only thing that sucks with both plans so far is it seems we are just shy of getting everything we need, mostly due to the lack of money from having to resign key players. I’ll be honest, if someone like Williams is there at 5, I can see McCoy Vea and Williams being an absolutely devastating front 3 in Bowles Defense and would leave us less needy when McCoy reaches the end. Getting McCoy and Kwon for Cap friendly price would be a great thing, just as long as Bowles see’s them fitting. I am no expert on 3-4 vs 4-3 as I have only ever known a 4-3 Defense, I understand a 3-4 typically have bigger Linebackers to defend the run, but I’ve seen Kwon and David tackle and Bkitz like maniacs, I start to find it hard to believe just because you have one less guy with his hand in the dirt that all of a sudden Kwon and David are too small to play. So as much as their Cap Dollars could be used, if McCoy and Kwon can play in Bowles Defense, I find not having to worry about our front 7 a nice feeling.

    I want Mathieu but that leaves us without a Veteran CB I was hoping for. But I feel what is needed is a Veteran presence in the Secondary and Mathieu could just as easily be that as the Center Fielder, especially since he knows the Defense.

    I agree with not getting a RB in FA, if he isn’t going to be a game changer, if we solidify the Oline. I am completely on board with picking up as many Olinemen as we can because that is what will take our Offense, as a whole, an Winston in particular to the next level. Barber could be a really good running back behind a solid Oline, and Jones could easily prove to be the change of pace we were hoping for. Did I miss Benenoch in your plan?

    In the end, if a game changer like Williams isn’t there at #5, I really hope we don’t get pick up a Questions Mark like Greedy Williams and trade back. If we trade back once or even twice and can pick up an extra 2-3 picks in the first 3 rounds, we can still get 2 Olinemen safely while also picking up a CB, ILB, DT and possibly even a 3rd Olineman or a RB. I feel like Williams could be a game changer like Aaron donald which could make the Defense better in an instant, but if we trade back it may be the way to pick up that extra piece or 2 that could actually complete our team. I keep sayin I can’t wait to see what this new Staff does to find some talent already on the team that wasn’t so obvious before and to see what this team looks like come April.

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    • Q Williams probably won’t be there at 5, if I had to guess, and I do, just like everyone else who doesn’t get to pick 1st overall. But, Ed Oliver should be, maybe even available at 7. That would be my dream scenario. Move down, get the extra pick or two and still have the opportunity to grab Oliver, one of the tip rated IDLs in this draft. Some analysts think he’s better than Williams, too

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  19. I like the mock draft, but neither of those two first players will be there at #5 and #39.

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  20. I like your GM pics. Only disagree didnt get better LB somewhere? Have real concerns about alexander-overrated and injured and beckwith, who actually is best LB we have, yes even over David, but is he coming back healthy to rely on? guess we dont know? so as much as love williams with first pic if there? would probably go devin white and put him inside, hopefully for next 10 years? Everyone seems to forget the best player on D should be MLB, has to tackle and cover, this is the QB of the D, way more impt than D tackle. But agree would kill me to pick d smith over q williams if even available at 5, but think it is necessary?!

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  21. How is it that William’s makes it too us at No.5?

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    • He won’t

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      • Trevor’ s draft is fantasy land. Williams is not going to be there. He is top three material. Jonah Williams, LB White or trade back for Greedy Williams. Jacksonville and Denver may pay for a QB.

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  22. Trevor I like your thought process, however, Matt Bryant? No way. All that does is give the Bucs a kicking problem again. He’s injury prone and old. It almost guarantees you having to replace the kicker AGAIN in a year or two, if not THIS year during the season. Instead, keep searching for the young reliable guy and get years of stability. Matt Bryant is a reckless pick.

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  23. Love you Trevor, nothing personal. Just hated the plan.

    If fix the OL is the first priority you admit to, and you keep Gerald McCoy in this plan, why draft a DT with the 1st pick when the Alabama and Florida OT are on the board and can easily replace Dotson. Also just because they replace Dotson as a starter is no reason to cut him. He would be an amazing back up (guaranteed he gets no better offers). Picking 5 in the draft and not taking the beat OL available would be irresponsible in my opinion.

    Also, and my biggest problem with this plan.. why must coaches fit players to their scheme? Why not coach the best scheme for the players on the field? JPP at OLB? The coaches dont have 3-4 players up front. Kwon and David included. And you got the bucs signing Kwon long term to try him out in a 3-4. Thats not just irresponsible but that would be a disaster.

    There were many other little things I’d pick at but those two decisions are clearly the most important in this scenario and in my opinion, also the most flawed.

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    • Wow. You hate me.

      (I am just kidding!)

      And as you can tell I don’t go traditional with how I get certain players like having Quinnen and McCoy and Vea and Samia, Cajuste and Morse because of that very reason. I am just getting good players at high-impact positions and letting the coaches win games with them. Whatever their official positions are isn’t as important.

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  24. Love Quinnen Williams pick it makes that defensive front look fierce, but you are playing with fire if you don’t fix the OLine. Reminds me a lot of when the Texans took Clowney when they already had JJ Watt with Mack, Donald and Beckham still on the board. I think the Bucs need to stick to the plan and get the best Olineman on the board and not get cute. I grade your plan C+

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  25. Nothing against you or your plan but I may write a book.. this MORON!!! Of a GM has left soooo many holes and wasted $$$, one offseason can’t fix this team. I agree you DO NOT EVER pay a backup TE 7M – the #3 TE and #20Th TE in the NFL in YPG is only a 15 yard difference!!!!Look it up 39-55 yards – that’s “ STARTING “ TEs !! NO TE should EVER be your 1st Rd pick in the NFL. Name ONE who’s turned around a franchise? Greg Little just set a single season record by a TE!!! A guy who in a draft we should have grabbed along with Budda Baker, Alvin Kamara, JuJu Smith Shuster! Nothing against OJ Howard but has he “ turned” us around? TB, NYG, Cle all too TE that yr – all 3 picked in top 5 next year. Also wake up Bucs fans -Yes there’s stud WR RB in rd 1 but we gotta realize that teams have a much higher probability of finding WR/RB in rds 3-6 than a mauling OL or STUD LB or Shutdown CB! Antonio Brown , DeVante Adams , Humphries, etc. So I agree you let Brate n Humph go and justify Howard as your #1 pick n feed him 70-80 catches for 1,000 yards ala (Kelce,Gronk)- otherwise what? We passed on Kamara , Shuster, Hunt, etc for 3 catches n 55 yards a game?!! We haven’t used a 1 or 2 pick on Oline but ONCE in decade ( D Smith & Marpet 2015)…hmmm what do you know only serviceable ones we have- and no playoffs that same stretch of yrs..coincidence?? NO!!Aaron Sears last one before them n he was off to a stellar career but freak injury cut him short! But thinking every 6’5 300 guy is an OL is insane! We NEEDED one of those 4-5 last yr in early RD 2! B. Smith, Willie H. Even if they wouldn’t trade with us which I doubt numbnuts tried Daniels was right after RoJo- ALL those teams drastically improved OL.So until we get a regime that knows the formula n can grade talent properly? It’s all a moot point. Five yrs of drafts and free agency and only ONE player “ SELECTED “ to a Pro Bowl!! Colts had 2 rookies ALL PRO which is higher than a pro bowl in Chris Ballard’s first yr!BTW the guy the world had us taking at 7 n was there still at 12?How’d he fare? Our GM should just watch the broadcast and listen to the analysts! He’d do much better. Oh btw, Carlton Davis was ranked much higher than MJ Stewart!! We got LUCKY , we should be needing 2 CB’s.

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    • I think this was the first chapter of your book!

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  26. Best draft scenario, we trade back and move around so we grab Cody Ford 1st then maneuver to get Devin Bush. After that BPA out of Edge rusher/secondary/WR!!! And go up and get them if they are there!

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  27. I was in the middle of reading your article and when I cam across “QB Josh McCown nearly 40 yrs old needs to be signed as a backup.” I had to stop reading and comment. My comment is HELL NO!!!. Please do not do this. Look at the mans historical stats. More Ints than any touchdowns. That one mediocre year at the Bears with Lovie Smith motivated Smith to pull McCown out of retirement (from starting to coach high school football). McCown had maybe his most incredible year while at the Jets until he injured his throwing fingers, playoff implications involved. Hell he even cried on the press stand. Why with a career that has been so bad. Most of it doing nothing year after year except standing on the sidelines holding clip board with headsets on. To have that one year of around 10 touchdowns and at least less ints and that one year at the Jets and almost making it until his fingers broke. It was sad about 15 years of mediocre quarterback service riding the bench. Give McCown credit for staying around for ever making some money. He will do it in a one more year just somewhere else for please God’s sake!

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  28. Everybody is so down on McCoy saying he has never “Shown Up” when he was the ONLY guy showing up for years! He finally had help only last year… Problem is, you are not gonna be able to please everyone with any single plan because there is no way we can keep every player we have and be able to fills the holes we need to fill… McCoy, Alexander, Brate and Humphries are not all gonna be able to stay, it’s just not possible. Most people wanna keep Brate in case Howard gets hurt, but Auclair seemed to have really good hands when he had his chances last year so he is a reliable backup at TE. So unless we wanna consider pulling a Gruden trading Howard for a 1st rounder, brates 7 mil is needed.

    It’s almost impossible at this point in time to come up with an exact plan… Not until FA starts and we see what players may renegotiate contracts for the sake of the team, what players are officially released, and how much money we end up having will we be able to gauge what it is we will be able to do in bringing in FA and what we will be looking for in the Draft.

    There will be some broken hearts but in the end, I have confidence that the fresh evaluation from this Staff will nail down what we truly have, figure out what we truly need and with any luck, will be able to bring it in…

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  29. My biggest takeaway: Bucs fans HATE Josh McCown hahaha.

    Thanks for all the comments and feedback, y’all! These articles really get the juices flowing. I enjoy reading your opinions and plans, too.

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    • IMO you pretty much nailed this plan. Easily the best of the bunch, imo, given our needs. Focus on OL, take Quinnen Williams if he’s available, address a few needs in FA but don’t go overboard. My only qualm would be not addressing LB further with Kwon and Beckwith both coming off pretty serious injuries. Doesn’t mean we need to take a 1st round LB like White, but I do think a 3rd or 4th round pick should be thrown into our LB corps just to give us better depth. Overall, this is a very solid plan though. Addresses needs with BPA in the draft, gets a guy like Mathieu who’s familiar with the system and how to be successful in it. And most importantly takes the “reload” mentality rather than the “rebuild” mentality so many think we need to take…which is precisely what Arians said he wants to do. This isn’t unlike the Colts quick rebuild from a season ago…heavy emphasis on fixing the OL, staying relatively quiet in FA and letting the new coach come in and do his job helped take them from a bottom 10 team to the playoffs. I could see a similar turnaround here if we play our cards right.

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    • Also, don’t understand the hate for McCown…he makes a fine option for a back-up QB at this stage in his career.

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