Buccaneers: 3 2021 free agents Tampa Bay can’t move on from

Ryan Succop, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Ryan Succop, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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The Buccaneers can’t let these free agents walk.

The Buccaneers dominated free agency leading up to and during the 2020 NFL season, and look where that got them. The Bucs are Super Bowl champs with a realistic chance to repeat, but that starts with consistency in the free-agent market.

The Bucs will want to keep as much of their roster together as possible, and they likely have the cap space to do it. Even if there may be cheaper players available, running it back looks like the best choice for now, if the money is right.

Outside of Chris Godwin and Shaquil Barrett, who could be the only players to leave based on the Buccaneers’ painfully limited cap space, Tampa Bay should be able to bring most of their key free agents back (but both will almost assuredly be back regardless of their price, no one needs to be convinced of that). Here’s who they need to start with.

Player #1

Ryan Succop

Tom Brady and Lavonte David are the most likely MVPs for the Buccaneers on the team level, but Ryan Succop made a compelling case for himself in this category.

After years of horrific kickers dismantling the Bucs’ hopes for success from the inside, Succop exceeded every expectation and then some on his route to becoming a Super Bowl champion in his first year with Tampa Bay.

Funny how it gets so much easier to win when the kicker isn’t missing field goals and PATs all game.

While the Buccaneers don’t want to overpay a special teams player, Succop’s impact on this season is impossible to ignore, and he needs to be back in Tampa next season.