Potential Free-Agent Targets
The Buccaneers have options to address the interior line of course. And they could even choose to add to the depth of the tackle position, even though this seems to be much less of a need.
Here are some names who might land on Licht’s radar in mid-March.
Previous Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pamphile played 72% of the offensive snaps for the Bucs in 2017.
While he may not be a Pro Bowl caliber lineman, he’s comfortable with the system and is young enough that it’s feasibly he can still get better from where he was the last time we saw him.
Better yet, he’s not going to demand a huge amount of money. So, signing him won’t break the bank and prevent the signing of some other players.
I see no reason Tampa won’t have Pamphile back, but maybe this year he can get a little jump in snaps.
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Previous Team: New York Giants
Given the current state of the Giants franchise and the fact they won’t be franchise tagging him, I fully expect him to be available for conversations during the 2018 free-agent period.
At 27-years of age he’s got the years ahead of him to be a reliable piece for an extended period of time. He’ll demand a little bit of money, but not so much it becomes impossible to work it into the cap.
He did miss a good amount of time last season after being put on injured reserve with a toe injury, but I don’t see any reason he can’t come back from it just fine.
This signing might also signal the release of Sweezy, as the team looks to balance the books.
If the Giants retain Fluker before the Buccaneers get a crack, then teammate Justin Pugh looks like a perfectly reasonable second option.