The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could benefit from these opt outs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers super fan Keith Kunzig
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could benefit from these opt outs

The NFL deadline for opting out has come and gone and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up suffering just one opt-out, offensive tackle Brad Seaton.

With Seaton as the lone opt out, the Buccaneers can now set their 80-man roster and continue to make moves as they prepare for the 2020 season.

As we look ahead to the start of the Buccaneers season, here’s a look at some of the opt outs that may benefit Tampa Bay.

A couple of Saints tight ends

The New Orleans Saints suffered just two opt-outs, but they were both at the tight end position. While neither Jason Vander Laan  nor Cole Wick were expected to play a major role on the team, they do provide depth. If there is any type of attrition at the position, that could come back to bite the Saints in a small way, but I wouldn’t expect it to make a major impact.

A pair of Chiefs starters

The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the teams hit hardest by the opt-outs. RB Damien Williams, OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff and OL Lucas Niang all decided to opt out and that leaves the franchise at least a little more vulnerable than before. The Chiefs certainly aren’t hurting for talent, but again this could be a depth situation where you could see some attrition come back to bite them later.


Other teams that are on the Buccaneers schedule that had opt-outs include the Carolina Panthers (1), Denver Broncos (2), Chicago Bears (2), Green Bay Packers (1), Las Vegas Raiders (3), New York Giants (3), Los Angeles Rams (1), Minnesota Vikings (1) and Detroit Lions (3).

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Overall, there weren’t too many notable opt-outs on the Bucs schedule, but it will be interesting to see what happens over the course of the season.