Buccaneers Round Table: Three free-agency predictions
My own predictions center around who the Buccaneers will sign, and thus who they won’t.
Prediction 1: Buccaneers sign cornerback, Kyle Fuller.
I’m sure I’m not the only writer to have Fuller’s name in this. He’s young, talented, and still has unlocked potential.
The key to this signing though, is he won’t cost near as much as Trumaine Johnson.
Don’t get me wrong, I put out on Twitter that signing Johnson is my top want for the Bucs the way DeSean Jackson was last year. But, the fact is Johnson is going to run whichever team signs him around $14 Million per year.
Fuller will demand some solid coin himself, but should come in no higher than 66% of what Johnson gets.
I think the Bucs will at least talk to Johnson, but in the end, I just feel like Fuller is the one who lands in Tampa.
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Prediction 2: Buccaneers sign Mike Glennon.
They wanted him before he left for Chicago. He left looking for a starting job, and swiftly had it pulled out from under him on draft night. Don’t kid yourself, Glennon might have started Week 1, but he wasn’t the Bears’ starting quarterback.
Glennon knows Dirk Koetter’s offense, and the team, and its fan base.
There won’t likely be a ton of competition to bring him on another roster, so Jason Licht should have a fairly easy time of it when negotiating this deal.
Prediction 3: Buccaneers sign Jeremy Hill.
Tampa needs a running back. We all know it. Since Florida State doesn’t have a top-back in the draft, I suppose the team will just need to sign one.
Jeremy Hill is a guy I’ve gone on record on the Locked on Bucs podcast as having an affinity for.
He’s a strong runner who is shiftier than given credit and can even impact the passing game when given the opportunity.
Bottom line, he’s a better runner than Charles Sims and not a big enough drop-off in the passing game to warrant serious concern.
Oh, and since Cincinnati effectively assassinated his football character over the past two years, he’ll come at a Wal Mart Rollback price.
The Bucs should still draft a guy – Rashaad Penny – and a stable of Hill, Penny, Peyton Barber and the still capable Jacquizz Rodgers will give Tampa a shot at establishing a solid running game for 2018.
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This has been a Pewter Plank round table predicting the Buccaneers free-agency moves. Thanks for reading. We anxiously await your thoughts on all of these, as well as your own predictions.
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