Buccaneers: Examining free agents from eliminated wild card teams
As one of the Buccaneers’ division rivals, I’m sure Bucs fans weren’t at all disappointed to see this team get bounced from the post-season.
There could be some opportunities for significant additions here, as players signing within the division isn’t a new concept, and each brings new insight into the way other teams like to operate.
It may not guarantee victory, but it can’t hurt either.
Here are some candidates to switch from baby blue to pewter:
Defensive End, Julius Peppers
Quarterback, Derek Anderson
Free Safety, Jairus Byrd
Kicker, Graham Gano
Tight End, Ed Dickson
Guard, Amini Silatolu
Cornerback, Teddy Williams
Linebacker, Andrew Gachkar
Defensive Tackle, Star Lotulelei
Wide Receiver, Charles Johnson
Wide Receiver, Brenton Bersin
Guard, Andrew Norwell
Wide Receiver, Kaelin Clay
Next: Licht has plenty of room to make changes
The Panthers only have just under $18 Million in projected cap space for 2018, so they can’t exactly go spend crazy.
Peppers, Anderson and Byrd are likely gone. Star Lotulelei is the real wild card here.
He’s an obvious talent, and a player who made over $7 Million this year. He won’t get that much on average in his next contract, but despite the drop in sack production in 2017, he’ll be looking for solid money.
Given Carolina’s cash issue, they may not decide to pull the trigger on another year with him.
Enter the Bucs, who could be gone with the cap hits of Doug Martin and Chris Baker to free up more than enough money to bring in Lotulelei.
Will it happen? We don’t know, of course. But it could.
The Panthers could also choose to part ways with defensive end Charles Johnson who would then clear over $3 Million off their books.
Another $5 Million could be loosened up if the team parts ways with linebacker Thomas Davis. Possibly through retirement?
Carolina would not be happy to see Lotulelei coming after their quarterback in 2018, but if they can’t free up the capital to warrant retaining him, the Buccaneers may come calling.
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This was my look at the free-agents coming out of the first four eliminated NFL Playoff teams.
Which players do you like for the Buccaneers?
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