The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some decisions to make as we head into the spring of 2020. Here’s our quick guide to free agency and the draft.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have some decisions to make heading into the thick of the offseason.
The Buccaneers have some high-profile free agents that they’ll have to prepare offers for- should they choose to want to re-sign them- and then they’ll have to make decisions on other unrestricted free agents from around the rest of the league.
After those decisions in free agency, the Buccaneers will look to fill some roster voids in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Here’s a look at our quick guide to free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft.
Quick Guide: 2020 Free Agency
Unrestricted Free Agents
(According to the Tampa’s official website):
- OLB Sam Acho
- S Andrew Adams
- DL Beau Allen
- RB Peyton Barber
- OLB Shaquil Barrett
- OT Demar Dotson
- QB Blaine Gabbert
- OT Jerald Hawkins
- ILB Kevin Minter
- OLB Carl Nassib
- DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches
- WR Breshad Perriman
- OLB Jason Pierre-Paul
- CB Ryan Smith
- S Darian Stewart
- DL Ndamukong Suh
- OG Earl Watford
- OT Josh Wells
- QB Jameis Winston
The early expectation for this free agent class if the Buccaneers to focus on priority names and then work themselves through the list. LB Shaq Barrett will be at the top of that list.
Expect Barrett to receive a long-term contract offer to stay with Tampa Bay. From there, the Buccaneers will need to make other decisions- especially along that front-seven that Bruce Arians wants to keep together.
Much of that will depend on what Tampa Bay elects to do at the quarterback position. The early thought is that the Buccaneers will use the franchise tag on Jameis Winston and then build around him for one more season.
Quick Guide: 2020 NFL Draft
Look for the Buccaneers to address the offensive tackle position with that No. 14 overall pick in the NFL Draft. It also is conceivable that Tampa could trade up for a QB- if they’re not sold on Winston- or draft a defensive lineman (like Javon Kinlaw) with the No. 14 pick.
The most likely situation, though, is that the organization takes an offensive lineman and then addresses other positions through the rest of the draft.
Look for Tampa to draft a defensive lineman later in the draft and for them to address the safety and running back positions with mid-round picks.
That’s the quick overview of what Tampa Bay’s 2020 offseason will look like and The Pewter Plank will continue to give updates and analysis as we head into the spring.