The Bucs addressed their secondary last offseason, but it still feels like there’s something left to be desired there. Particularly at the safety position, Tampa Bay has somewhat of a confusing situation. To start the new league year, Chris Conte was re-signed and J.J. Wilcox was brought in. Something still feels off about the position group, with Keith Tandy in the mix as well.
Maybe it’s the absence of Bradley McDougald, who still could return to the team. Or, maybe it’s the ongoing talk of the Bucs looking at safeties in the draft. But in a division that includes Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton, the secondary is one of the most important parts of the team. The Bucs might just need one more impact playmaker in the secondary, which they could find in the first or second round of April’s draft. Bringing back an inconsistent Conte and a complementary guy like Wilcox to go with Tandy at safety just doesn’t feel like enough.
Can Tampa Bay find someone that’s versatile? Someone that can play safety but also fill in at corner would be highly beneficial in terms of depth. At corner, the team already has two good talents in Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves. Jude Adjei-Barimah and Javien Elliott appear to be the leading backups, with someone like Josh Robinson also having the ability to step in if needed. All of these guys in one group sounds pretty good, no? It just feels like the Bucs may need one more impact player to truly be set in the secondary.