The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spent a majority of their available funds this offseason in a flurry of moves within the first few days of free agency, but they’re certainly not done yet. There are depth chart positions up for grabs, and Jason Licht will continue to add players to provide competition and depth for the 2014 Bucs.
Here are a few of the headlines from Tuesday.
- The changing of GM and coach may also signal the changing of the long snapper, as the Buccaneers signed veteran LS Jeremy Cain, effectively ending the Bucs career of Andrew Economos. Economos was the longest tenured Buc on the roster, having arrived in 2006, but was only on a one-year deal in 2013. Economos was a consistent player, but with new coaches and front office staff, it’s easy to see how moving on from a tenured player at a relatively marginal position could happen.
- In the search for more depth at receiver, the Buccaneers have met with Louis Murphy. Murphy is a St. Petersburg native who went to the University of Florida, but has yet to latch on with any one team in the NFL. He was most recently with the Giants in 2013.
- In other receiver news, the Bears have released veteran receiver Earl Bennett to save cap space. The connection to Lovie Smith is obvious, and Bennett would also provide decent depth at the position.
- The Bucs will have a new fullback in 2014, as Erik Lorig has signed a surprisingly long four-year deal with the Saints. The contract will pay the former Stanford defensive end almost $1 million per season. I can’t blame the Bucs for passing on paying a decent fullback at that rate, considering the amount of fullbacks available relative to the number of teams that use fullbacks.
- The math isn’t totally right (there’s a roster bonus or some other payment missing somewhere) but if you’re curious as to what the Bucs paid new offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun has the details right here.