The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made a number of moves during the off-season and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com opines that the Bucs actually had the best off-season out of all 32 teams in the league.
Here’s what he had to say:
“When a team cleans house after a lackluster season, you want to see it take the following steps:
• Go after a respected commodity in a head coach.
• Hire an astute personnel mind at general manager.
• Acquire talented young free agents.
• Have a solid draft.
Oh, and you also want the organization to do its best to make over a stale image. That’s the recipe for a solid offseason. The Bucs have knocked it out of the park since January 1.
New acquisitions Michael Johnson and Alterraun Verner are pups and address major team needs. Lovie Smith went 10-6 for the Chicago Bears the year he was fired, and his players love him. McCown had a helluva 2013 with the Bears, and, with more than a decade in the league, might have been the perfect signing by GM Jason Licht. Adding Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the 2014 NFL Draft gives McCown some trees to throw to, as well.”
Of course, Johnson, Verner, McCown, Evans and Seferian-Jenkins are the biggest names that have been added, but other acquisitions, like Major Wright, Anthony Collins, Clinton McDonald, Brandon Myers, Evan Dietrich-Smith and Mike Jenkins, among others, are all expected to be important players for the Bucs in 2014.
If anything, people around the league are definitely taking notice of what the Bucs have going on down in Tampa.