Buccaneers: Biggest needs after winning the Super Bowl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Buccaneers still have needs.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going into the offseason as the best team in the NFL. Sure, some of the other teams may be favored by the oddsmakers, but none of the others have the Lombardi Trophy.

As a favorable free agent destination and a team with a great staff, the Bucs should be able to make some great additions this offseason, and they need to address the following vacancies with the best talent available.

The needs for the Buccaneers

A pass-catching running back for Tom Brady 

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The Buccaneers still do not have a running back that can catch the ball consistently out of the backfield, and they will need to address this as soon as possible if they want to win next season.

Sure, they could win the games that mattered without consistency in the passing game from the backs, but a player like James White that Brady could rely on would go a long way in helping out the offense.

Tampa Bay could go after a free agent like White if they really want to bring a familiar face in for Brady, but the draft is also filled with running backs that have viable hands as well.

A consistent third edge rusher 

Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul were excellent in the starting roles this season, but the Bucs had very little outside of their starters. The Buccaneers should be able to keep all of their starters on defense if they play their cards right, but a consistent number three would go a long way.

Tampa Bay won’t be able to bring in a player like J.J. Watt based on their limited cap space, but they could go after another veteran to provide Barrett and JPP with a consistent backup.

The future at quarterback 

The Bucs don’t have an answer at quarterback after Tom Brady. Brady still has at least one more season, but he could go for as long as three years at this rate. Regardless, the Bucs will need a replacement option sooner than later because the players on the roster already don’t cut it.

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While the free-agent market is deep right now with plenty of franchise quarterbacks, the Bucs will have to use a draft pick on a quarterback this year if they want to keep a viable option for the future on the roster.

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