4 moves to help the Buccaneers reach their top potential
By Rob Leeds
Use the remaining cap space intelligently later in the season
The Buccaneers have almost no cap space at the moment, and that money will have to stretch through the remainder of the season and into the postseason, pending a good run during the year. The Bucs have few glaring needs from a free agent standpoint for now, but that could change based on injuries.
Chris Godwin and Sean Murphy-Bunting are currently question marks for the Bucs, and injuries like that closer to the playoffs could be devastating. The Bucs would then need to use their remaining cap space (and some created from trading Brate) to sign a high-quality free agent when required.
The Buccaneers could potentially use some of their money to bring in a veteran receiver or pass rusher now, but waiting allows them to use their money in a safer way. Perhaps another player is injured, and the money would go much further, addressing a position of need late rather than extra help now.
Tampa Bay has shown to be much better with their money decisions under Bruce Arians and Licht, but holding on to the money for a rainy day gives the Buccaneers a much greater chance of remaining relevant down the stretch.