A Look At The Bucs’ Checklist For The Combine


The Bucs are in Indianapolis for the 2022 NFL Scouting Mix and the workforce has loads of issues to perform this week. Tampa Bay common supervisor Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians can be talking with the media in the present day starting at 1:00 p.m. ET. Right here’s a peak at what the Bucs’ Mix guidelines most likely appears like.

Tampa Bay Will Scout These Draft Prospects – Laborious

Final 12 months the Bucs have been coming off a Tremendous Bowl LV victory and have been targeted on re-signing all 22 starters for one more run. Licht and his teaching and scouting employees engaged in scouting for “luxurious” draft picks. With none open beginning spots, the gamers drafted final 12 months have been all thought of to be “future” contributors. That’s to not counsel that the scouting employees slacked off in any respect. However there’s added stress to search out legit plug-and-play starters this 12 months just like the workforce present in 2020 with proper sort out Tristan Wirfs and security Antoine Winfield, Jr.

My how issues have abruptly modified in Tampa Bay the place the long run is now. With the retirement of quarterback Tom Brady and guard Ali Marpet – and probably extra coming if tight finish Rob Gronkowski and/or defensive sort out Ndamukong Suh determine to name it a profession, too – the Bucs now have a number of holes to fill. The workforce didn’t want to search out any starters in final 12 months’s draft. Tampa Bay could have to search out as many as three or 4 starters on this 12 months’s draft class relying on the way it fares in free company.

Bucs Will Look Behind Door No. 2 For A QB

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Picture by: Pewter Report

Two years in the past, Arians let it slip on the Mix that the primary quarterback he was going to name in free company was Brady. Was {that a} sign to Brady’s camp that the Bucs have been ? You wager it was, and some weeks later Brady was a Buccaneer.

Ask Licht about the very best a part of buying Brady and he’ll let you know that apart from merely touchdown the long run Corridor of Famer, it was the truth that he didn’t have to surrender any draft picks to take action. Now if the Bucs need a big-name starter they’ll must commerce for one. The issue is groups like Inexperienced Bay, Seattle and Las Vegas don’t appear occupied with dealing their QBs. Licht will use the Mix to do to his due diligence and probe the commerce potential different common managers, however he’s bracing for a refrain of “no thanks.”

Tampa Bay Will Dive Deep Into Godwin Negotiations

Practically all negotiations over all the pieces within the NFL come all the way down to the wire. That’s no completely different in Tampa Bay the place the Bucs re-signed exterior linebacker Shaquil Barrett on the eleventh hour earlier than he hit free company. This was regardless of having a complete 12 months to hammer out particulars with Barrett enjoying on the franchise tag in 2020. The identical factor is anticipated to occur with vast receiver Chris Godwin, who performed on the franchise tag final 12 months.

The Bucs consider contract negotiations to warmth up with Godwin’s representatives this week in Indianapolis. The soiled little secret concerning the Mix is that’s the place tampering begins every year as brokers start to actually gauge what the market worth is for his or her shoppers in face-to-face conferences with groups for espresso, or over dinner or out on the bars. Licht and vp of soccer administration Mike Greenberg received’t strike a take care of Godwin’s agent in Indy, however they’ll lay the groundwork for one. Anticipate Godwin, who’s coming off a torn ACL, to stay in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Will Probably Use Franchise Tag On Davis

Bucs CB Carlton Davis III

Bucs CB Carlton Davis III – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Two years in the past on the Mix, Pewter Report broke the information that the Bucs is not going to be utilizing their franchise tag on quarterback Jameis Winston. That meant that Tampa Bay was closing the door on the workforce’s first-round decide in 2015. And it was a sign that the Bucs have been going to make a run at a excessive profile QB like Brady.

If the Bucs can’t come to phrases with Carlton Davis III’s brokers on a long-term contract extension the workforce will seemingly use the franchise tag on him. Licht, Greenberg and Davis’ representatives will meet in Indianapolis to see if a deal will be reached. If not, the Bucs will seemingly know they’ll have to make use of the tag on Davis by March 8.

Bucs Will Have A Clearer Image About Gamers’ Asking Costs

Like all groups, Tampa Bay will catch wind of some much-needed info from brokers on the Mix concerning the market worth of some soon-to-be free brokers. This may assist Licht and Greenberg set the Bucs’ values free of charge brokers within the type of value tags. Tampa Bay hardly ever goes over the market worth it units internally to maintain or purchase gamers in free company. That stage of self-discipline makes Licht and Greenberg one of many league’s prime duos by way of cap administration.

The Bucs may also get some feelers about which gamers might turn out to be cap casualties in March and hit the free agent market because of this. Needless to say Licht additionally laid the groundwork for the commerce for Jason Pierre-Paul on the Mix in 2018. Licht is aware of there are a number of methods to fill holes and add gamers.

Discovering An Inside Linebackers Coach

The Bucs misplaced inside linebackers coach Mike Caldwell to Jacksonville the place he’ll be the workforce’s defensive coordinator. Whereas the Senior Bowl is taken into account to be a job honest for coaches on the lookout for work, the Mix is the job honest 2.0. That’s as a result of it’s a central location the place common managers, head coaches and coordinators are all in the identical city on the similar time.

When Arians will not be busy interviewing draft prospects and watching drills, he might very nicely be interviewing teaching candidates to fill Caldwell’s emptiness. Until Arians already has somebody in thoughts and performed these interviews. If that’s the case, he might make an announcement on his newest teaching rent in Indy.

Keep tuned to PewterReport.com for all the newest information from the NFL Scouting Mix. Pewter Reporters Jon Ledyard and Matt Matera can be reporting reside from Indianapolis all week.

Tune in to PewterReportTV on our YouTube channel at 4:00 p.m. ET Tuesday for response to the press conferences of Bucs common supervisor Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians.



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