Re-signing players and free agency will be pivotal
If the draft class is sketchy, the Buccaneers will have to rely on their proven players more than most other teams. Tampa Bay currently sits in a window of approximately two years to compete for a Super Bowl, and taking chances is not a part of that plan.
Returners and veterans will become a premium across the league. These players will be far more reliable than the younger options and could be worth the money in most situations.
In addition to spending money in free agency, the Bucs should consider making more trades to make the most of their draft picks. These picks become far less valuable with an increased lack of knowledge on the players. Instead of taking that risk when the franchise can not afford to do so, trading some draft picks could ensure more consistency with the roster.
The fortunate news for the Buccaneers is that they won’t have many glaring holes next season. Most of the veterans with one year left on their deal can sign on for one more year, and there won’t be many spots open for rookies regardless.
Depending on the departure, the Bucs could take on an increased risk, but trying to keep the team whole, for the time being, should be a top priority.