The Bucs have had fairly an eventful 2022 offseason. From retirements, to un-retirements, and promotions, there was no scarcity of storylines. The strikes the crew has made in free company and the draft have earned them a “B” grade in Professional Soccer Focus’ newest rankings.
It began with Tom Brady’s retirement, adopted by Ali Marpet calling it a profession as nicely. Seemingly out of nowhere, Brady determined he was going to come back again for an additional season.
Quickly after, Bruce Arians stepped down as head coach and into an advisor function, and Todd Bowles was named as the brand new head coach. The flurry of strikes modified the Bucs season outlook and the way they might method the offseason.
Bringing Again Their Personal
Brady’s return on the eve of free company cancelled any plans of a re-tool and it was time to carry again core members of the crew. Heart Ryan Jensen was the primary to re-sign. That was adopted by long-term offers with huge receiver Chris Godwin and cornerback Carlton Davis III. Beginning operating again Leonard Fournette re-upped shortly thereafter. The dominoes continued to fall with invaluable function gamers inking offers to come back again. Working again Giovani Bernard, huge receiver Breshad Perriman, quarterback Blaine Gabbert and defensive finish Pat O’Connor all returned on one 12 months offers.
The Bucs misplaced a number of gamers alongside the way in which. Guard Alex Cappa departed for a giant pay day with the Bengals. Whereas security Jordan Whitehead joined the Jets. There was some controversy across the transfer, as Whitehead claimed the Bucs didn’t lengthen a suggestion and declined to match what the Jets gave him. Then got here two possible departures. Tight finish O.J. Howard joined the Payments and operating again Ronald Jones II signed with the Chiefs. The losses may prove nicely for the Bucs, as they’re projected to achieve as much as three compensatory picks within the 2023 draft.
Calculated Free Agent Acquisitions
After specializing in their very own for the beginning of free company, basic supervisor Jason Licht made a splash signing former Falcons receiver Russell Gage to a three-year deal. He adopted that up with some wizardry, buying guard Shaq Mason from the Patriots for only a fifth-round choice. Then got here the worth signings of defensive again Logan Ryan and security Keanu Neal. Former Bengals offensive lineman Fred Johnson was additionally introduced in to compete for the backup sort out job. Whereas additionally bringing versatility to play guard in a pinch.
Bowles not too long ago acknowledged he was proud of the roster as constructed however as we get nearer to camp there are nonetheless positions they might add veteran depth to. The Bucs can now signal veterans with out it counting in opposition to their potential compensatory picks in 2023. As such, we may see them extra prepared to make strikes to bolster the roster and it’s depth.
Defensive sort out, edge rusher, inside linebacker, huge receiver and defensive again the possible positions. Nonetheless, tight finish Rob Gronkowski’s looming resolution as as to if he’ll play one other season may make tight finish a place of want if he decides to retire.
Splash In The Draft
Slated to make their first choice at decide No. 27, the Bucs traded again to the primary decide of the second spherical gaining invaluable belongings within the course of. It might be the primary of a number of trades the crew would make, finishing 4 in complete. With the newly acquired second spherical decide the crew chosen defensive sort out Logan Corridor. Corridor will compete for a beginning place out of the gate. The Bucs then traded once more this time transferring up within the second spherical to take guard Luke Goedke. The self-proclaimed “glass eater” will compete in camp for the beginning left guard place.
The Bucs stayed put for his or her subsequent three sections drafting operating again Rachaad White, tight finish Cade Otton, and the stunning number of punter Jake Camarda. With a participant the Bucs had extremely ranked on their board slipping into the fifth spherical, Jason Licht made the daring transfer of buying and selling a 2023 fourth-round decide to get again into the fifth. With the choice they took athletic cornerback Zyon McCollum.
One other commerce vaulted them into the sixth spherical the place the chosen ferocious blocking tight finish Ko Kieft. Lastly rounding out their draft class with edge rusher Andre Anthony within the seventh.
Set Up For Success
The strikes Tampa Bay made are headlined by the return of Brady. Realizing this could possibly be his closing season in crimson and pewter, the Bucs have carried out a great job of surrounding him with acquainted faces and new expertise. Although they might nonetheless make extra strikes to bolster the roster.
There are a number of spots on the crew the place youthful gamers shall be given each alternative to step up. They’ll must persuade the entrance workplace and training employees they’re set at these positions. Nonetheless, with large names nonetheless obtainable they might at all times add to the competitors and depth of the squad.
With a frightening schedule forward of them are the strikes the Bucs made sufficient to propel them to a different championship? Solely time will inform. I agree with PFF’s evaluation of a “B” grade, however it may rapidly transfer up a letter if the crew’s draft picks and free agent acquisitions pan out, or Tampa Bay continues so as to add to an already loaded crew.