Training camp is just weeks away and the safety market still features some promising talent. Here are a few names the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can add to boost their secondary.
One of the biggest storylines in the NFL offseason has been the free agent safety market. Players who had strong 2017 campaigns have had little luck landing jobs around the league.
Even former All-Pro Tyrann Mathieu only managed a one-year deal with Houston.
Training camp and the preseason are right around the corner. Some teams may want to end the waiting game for a chance to sign a big contributor on a major discount.
Although the Buccaneers aren’t desperate for a safety, there is certainly room for improvement. General manager Jason Licht could take a look at the safety bargain bin to add some production late in the offseason.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety position will be headlined by budding star, Justin Evans. The Texas A&M product had a big rookie season. He racked up 66 tackles and three interceptions in 14 games.
Alongside him are veteran safeties Chris Conte and Keith Tandy. Both are solid options on the back end, but are definitely replaceable. Tandy had a strong 2016 season, but didn’t see much action last season.
Fourth-round pick Jordan Whitehead could also factor in at safety. A versatile defensive back, Whitehead could slide in at both nickel corner or safety. Although, it would be hard to believe Tampa begins the two season with a pair of young safeties with two trustworthy veterans behind them.
A quick peek into the free agent market will show that the Bucs can another potential option to start alongside Evans.