Unrestricted Free Agents
CB Brent Grimes
After his comments about his pay, and unwillingness to complete his job responsibilities, Grimes is all but gone. The Bucs cannot have a player like that in the locker room. Plus, Grimes is 35 years old, not much value in a struggling, aging defensive back.
Fitzpatrick’s contract is up, and it leaves Tampa Bay without a proven backup. The Bucs may decide to keep a backup that is less threatening to Winston, who had the veteran breathing down his neck all season long. Still, there’s always a chance ‘FitzMagic’ could give it one last run.
Second on the team in receptions, slot receiver Adam Humphries deserves a nice payday. He caught 76 passes for 816 yards and five touchdowns. With DeSean Jackson a likely cap casualty, Humphries could be in line for a nice contract from Tampa Bay or some other organizations.
The veteran safety suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3. Tampa may move on from the eight-year pro. Conte started in 31 games over four years in Tampa Bay. Safety is a significant position of need for the Bucs leaving Conte’s job in doubt.
Rodgers found himself with a substantial role as the Bucs third-down and primary pass-catching back. Both Barber and rookie Ronald Jones displayed stone hands in 2018, so Rodgers received plenty of touches. If the Bucs want to ensure a solid pass-catching back is on the roster next season, Rodgers should be a low-cost option.
One of the top tackles on the market, Smith will get paid his fair share, despite his inconsistent play. The former second-round pick hasn’t been the blindside protector he was drafted to be. Still, the Bucs may be in a tough situation without a trustworthy replacement on the roster.
QB Ryan Griffin
Griffin has yet to take a regular season snap with Tampa Bay, but he was able to suit up for the final two games of the 2018 season. He had the trust of Koetter and his offensive staff, but that doesn’t mean the next head coach will share the same sentiment.
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Taylor stepped up in the biggest possible way in 2018. Nothing more than a rotational linebacker heading into the season, he ended up taking over as the team’s starting inside backer. Taylor started in 10 games, racking up 60 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. He will land a job next season.
Sanborn won the long snapper job last season, but Tampa Bay brought in more competition for him in 2019. Can he stick around?
A devastating ACL injury hindered what was turning into a big season for Alexander. He may not get a huge payday coming off of the injury, but he should stick around next season for the right price.
Santos performed well after the Bucs cut Chandler Catanzaro midway through the season. He hit 9-of-12 field goal attempts. More importantly, he hit all 17 of his extra points. It was a small sample size, but it’s as good as a performance Tampa fans have seen in recent years. Licht should keep him around next year.
LB Kevin Minter
Minter had two stints with Tampa in 2018. He played in a handful of games as an emergency starter and a special teamer. He made a few nice plays, but it will be hard for him to get a contract in the offseason.
CB Josh Shaw
Shaw was also a late addition to the roster. He played in four games, totaling eight tackles. A five-year vet, Shaw could stick around in the offseason to battle for one of the last roster spots.