Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Top 10 worst free agency signings in team history

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren’t always great at this free agency stuff.

The 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowl LV with a roster that resembled the 2014 NFL All-Pro Team. Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, and Ndamukong Suh were all All-Pros that season. Meanwhile, LeSean McCoy was a Pro Bowler in 2014 and Jason Pierre-Paul had a 12.5 sack season. That’s not even mentioning the other lottery wins the Buccaneers picked up as free agents like Shaquil Barrett and Leonard Fournette that were key pieces to the championship season.

To put it mildly, when it comes to free agency as of late for the Buccaneers, as Larry David would say, they have been doing “pretty, pretty, pretty good.” However, there was a time where this wasn’t always the case. In fact, it was a very long time. Seemingly since the dawn of time, the Buccaneers were known for shall we say “questionable” front office decisions. You youngsters/ex-New England Patriots fans that followed Brady don’t know how well you have it.

With the 2021 NFL free agency period just around the corner, let’s take a trip down the dark side of memory lane and revisit the top ten worst free agency signings in the history of the Buccaneers, just to keep us honest.