What’s Next For Tampa Bay’s Offseason?

On this week’s Bucs Briefing, let’s check out the present state of the Tampa Bay roster. After 10 days of free company, every thing has modified. The Bucs have legitimately gone from playoff long-shot to Tremendous Bowl favourite. I don’t know what number of occasions that has ever occurred earlier than in NFL historical past throughout the month of March. Let’s rewind for a have a look at the Bucs’ wild offseason.

Every thing Coming Up Bucs

It’s loopy to consider what number of issues have gone the Bucs method in current days.

• Tom Brady returns
• Professional Soccer Discuss’s Mike Florio will get obliterated by actual journalists all over the place. The Bucs’ Tremendous Bowl odds skyrocket.
• Bucs re-sign C Ryan Jensen, WR Chris Godwin, CB Carlton Davis III, RB Leonard Fournette, DE Will Gholston and G Aaron Stinnie. Additionally introduced again WR Breshad Perriman.
• Signed WR Russell Gage from the Falcons. Then picked up DB Logan Ryan from the Giants.
• Commerce only a fifth spherical decide for RG Shaq Mason.
• Lose solely SS Jordan Whitehead and RG Alex Cappa in free company.

After which there have been the strikes away from the Creation Well being Coaching Heart.

• QB Deshaun Watson stays in AFC
• WR Davante Adams traded to AFC. Packers additionally lose Za’Darius Smith in free company.
• QB Russell Wilson traded to AFC.
• EDGE Von Miller leaves Rams for AFC. Rams additionally commerce WR Robert Woods, a severe Bucs killer.
• Cowboys lose out on edge rushers Miller, Smith and Randy Gregory. Additionally, Dallas trades WR Amari Cooper and cuts RT La’El Collins.
• Falcons commerce QB Matt Ryan to AFC. Additionally, the Falcons forgot to signal huge receivers.
• Saints lose LT Terron Armstead and FS Marcus Williams.

Nonetheless, the Bucs roster isn’t excellent. However it’s getting there. Right here is the place the group at the moment stands as free company strikes into its’ last levels.


Tom Brady
Kyle Trask

Evaluation: Trask might be the Bucs No. 2 quarterback this season, however I nonetheless suppose the group tries to carry Blaine Gabbert again. What’s the hurt? If Trask can’t beat Gabbert out for the No. 2 job this offseason, you recognize every thing it’s essential to learn about him. And also you didn’t should waste actual season to seek out it out.

Prediction: I believe Gabbert re-signs for affordable. The place else is he going to go?

Operating Backs

Leonard Fournette
Ke’Shawn Vaughn
Kenjon Barner

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Evaluation: Re-signing Fournette was huge. That takes the working again place from a excessive precedence to only a regular one. Fournette was an each down again for the Bucs final season, and sure shall be one once more. Vaughn might be able to step into Ronald Jones’ function from final yr as a change-of-pace again for 2 drives a recreation.

Prediction: I believe Tampa Bay will signal a conventional third down again in free company over the approaching days. Darrel Williams, Jerick McKinnon and Giovani Bernard all stay free brokers. Any of the three could be nice in Tampa Bay. However McKinnon regarded like a difference-maker final yr in Kansas Metropolis within the playoffs. I’m undecided which of the three the Bucs will signal, however I guess they draft a working again within the center rounds regardless.

Large Receivers

Mike Evans
Chris Godwin
Russell Gage
Breshad Perriman
Tyler Johnson
Jaelon Darden
Scotty Miller
Cyril Grayson

Evaluation: Evans, Godwin and Gage have the highest three spots locked down heading into camp. Perriman is the chief within the clubhouse for the No. 4 job, however the Bucs might draft somebody that might push him for time. Proper now, Johnson and Miller shouldn’t be thought-about locks for roster spots. Actually, each might be minimize ultimately. Darden might be too, however he has the within observe because the youngest participant and the group’s kick/punt returner.

Prediction: I believe the Bucs will draft a large receiver within the mid-late rounds amidst a reasonably deep class. However I’m much less assured about that than I used to be per week in the past. They spent some huge cash on Gage. Whoever they draft probably gained’t play a lot over at the least the subsequent two seasons. That doesn’t imply they gained’t draft anybody, but it surely’ll simply probably be with a decrease decide.

Tight Ends

Cam Brate
Codey McElroy

TE Rob Gronkowski and Saints SS Malcolm Jenkins

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski and Saints SS Malcolm Jenkins – Picture by: USA Immediately

Evaluation: Brate is the one actual tight finish on the roster, and he’s not a No. 1 choice for positive. Possibilities stay excessive that Rob Gronkowski will ultimately re-sign with the group. However that also leaves a 3rd spot open, and the Bucs have to get youthful on the place.

Prediction: I shall be floored if the Bucs don’t draft a decent finish this yr. Now, I doubt will probably be with their first-round decide. Tampa Bay doesn’t worth tight ends like that except they might be particular. There are not any tight ends like that on this class. Nevertheless, I believe the Bucs might use their second-, third- or fourth-round decide on the place. It’s a deep class of strong choices, and even just a few blocking tight ends for a change.

Offensive Line

Donovan Smith
Aaron Stinnie
Ryan Jensen
Shaq Mason
Tristan Wirfs
Robert Hainsey
Nick Leverett
Sadarius Hutcherson
John Molchon

Evaluation: It feels just like the Bucs is likely to be finished on the offensive line? 4 of 5 starters are set in stone and underneath contract till at the least the 2024 offseason. Stinnie will compete with Hainsey, Leverett and Hutcherson for the left guard spot. That’s 4 younger gamers the Bucs like for one spot. After all, in the event that they get the prospect to draft Zion Johnson they need to take it. But when he’s off the board, Tampa Bay might experience with this group for 2022.

Prediction: The Bucs will probably ultimately re-sign swing sort out Josh Wells to be the group’s reserve swing sort out once more.

Inside Defensive Line

Vita Vea
Will Gholston
Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Benning Potoa’e

Bucs DT Will Gholston

Bucs DT Will Gholston – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Evaluation: Re-signing Gholston was huge, because it ensures the Bucs will carry again at the least two-thirds of their beginning inside line of defense. Now will Ndamukong Suh return as effectively? The outlook appears constructive. However even when he does, the Bucs have to get youthful up entrance. In addition they want extra go rush capacity, even when it comes within the type of a hybrid participant within the draft.

Prediction: I believe the Bucs will re-sign Suh for one more yr. However I additionally suppose they’ll pour sources into their line of defense throughout the draft. I might see the group draft an edge rusher who has the flexibility to kick inside, too. Minnesota’s Boye Mafe, Houston’s Logan Corridor, South Carolina’s Kingsley Enagbare or UAB’s Alex Wright might be choices at numerous levels of the draft.

And the group might nonetheless draft a real defensive sort out in some unspecified time in the future too. If Georgia’s Devonte Wyatt is off the board at No. 27, the Bucs might goal developmental linemen later within the draft. Oklahoma’s Perrion Winfrey, Iowa State’s Eyioma Uwazurike and Tennessee’s Matthew Butler ought to all be names in your radar.

Exterior Linebackers

Shaq Barrett
Joe Tryon-Shoyinka
Anthony Nelson
Cam Gill

Evaluation: A lot is using on the event of Tryon-Shoyinka this offseason. If he makes a leap in 2022, the Bucs’ edge go rush would be the finest it has been since 2019. Nelson clearly took a step ahead final yr with 5 sacks, and Gill has impressed in restricted snaps. It’s a adequate group to roll into Week 1 with, however will the Bucs need much more depth.

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Prediction: I’ve no prediction that I really feel strongly about in the case of Tampa Bay’s edge defender group. If I needed to guess, the group gained’t draft a conventional exterior linebacker kind with their first three spherical picks. However might a participant like Mafe, who can transfer round, be on their radar? That is smart to me.

Listening to Bruce Arians and Jason Licht on the Mix, it positive sounded just like the Bucs wished to enhance their four-man go rush. They blitzed excess of every other protection final season, and so they know they’ve to tug the reins again in 2022. If the draft doesn’t fall their method on the line of defense, search for a late offseason veteran signing. Melvin Ingram, Justin Houston or perhaps a reunion with a (wholesome) Jason Pierre-Paul are all potentialities.

Inside Linebackers

Lavonte David
Devin White
Okay.J. Britt
Grant Stuard

Evaluation: Kevin Minter stays a free agent, and he’ll most likely keep that method. The Bucs appear to seek out out what they’ve in Britt as a No. 3 linebacker. That’s not an experiment I wish to see, personally.

Prediction: Perhaps I’ll be flawed, however I don’t count on the Bucs to draft a linebacker. They appear to be all in for 2022, and there are merely higher wants elsewhere. David is predicted to be a free agent subsequent offseason, but when he needs to maintain enjoying, he’ll nearly actually be again in Tampa Bay. The Bucs will at the least carry one other veteran to camp as competitors for Britt. However I believe this is likely to be your foursome for the season.


Carlton Davis III
Jamel Dean
Sean Murphy-Bunting
Ross Cockrell
Dee Delaney
Rashard Robinson

Evaluation: Like linebacker, the Bucs might be fairly settled at cornerback. Their prime 4 are getting into their third season collectively, and the addition of Logan Ryan give them one other slot choice if one thing occurs to any of the group’s prime three corners.

Prediction: Nothing would shock me, however I gained’t be predicting a significant addition at cornerback. Roughly, that is most likely the group’s 2022 group. After the season they’ll consider whether or not to signal Dean or Murphy-Bunting to a brand new contract.


Antoine Winfield, Jr.
Logan Ryan
Mike Edwards
Chris Cooper
Troy Warner

New Bucs S Logan Ryan

New Bucs S Logan Ryan – Picture by: USA Immediately

Evaluation: The Bucs might most likely roll into 2022 with this group and be okay, however I nonetheless have questions. Is Ryan actually a powerful security? He’s by no means predominantly occupied a task like Jordan Whitehead’s in his profession. And I doubt Winfield is switching positions. Ryan might make the Bucs higher at slot cornerback, however the group could use him at security early on. Additionally, Mike Edwards is at his finest at free security, so how he matches alongside Winfield stay to be seen.

Prediction: Ryan and Edwards shall be free brokers subsequent offseason, and there’s no assure both is again. I additionally suppose there might be a path to 2022 enjoying time for a security if the Bucs took one early within the draft. Ryan can play within the slot, and Edwards might fulfill his superb third security duties. I wouldn’t thoughts seeing the Bucs add Georgia’s Lewis Cine or Penn State’s Jaquan Brisker with one among their first two draft picks.


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