Buccaneers: FA process seems more like a jigsaw puzzle

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Imagine taking a puzzle box and dumping it on the table. Then look around and try to find the right pieces to make the picture look just perfect. It ain’t easy, and no one really wants the job if they worry too much about results. In the end, it all comes down to one thing, can management for the Buccaneers create a team that will utilize all the pieces to create another NFL masterpiece?

Things seem to be going the right way at One Buc Place, but all we really know for sure is what the powers that be in Tampa let us know. The rest? Well, it’s just speculation, fabrication, and estimation.

We, the loyal fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winners of the covid-enhanced, 2020 Super Bowl LV chariot race, are left to wonder what is grinding away in Tampa’s “cap leveling” computer. Surely, no person could come up with the total plan to bring back all of our friends, like Chris Godwin, Lavonte David, and Shaquil Barrett.

The Buccaneers have to figure out their puzzle

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Then, on the heels of those big deals, we have a somewhat smaller set of deals in terms of tender offers: Jason Licht and crew are filling gaps with Tanner Hudson in an already crowded tight end room, Jeremiah Ledbetter and Patrick O’Connor, a pair of useful depth pieces on the defensive line, and, lest we forget, Zach Triner, the long-snapper who is partly responsible for the Bucs’ stellar kicking game.

There is still a lot more going on. We haven’t gotten word on “playoff Lenny” Leonard Fournette, Antonio Brown, or Rob Gronkowski. I have no doubt the word on Shaq will be coming out of Tampa soon.

We the fans are honored to watch, hope, and long to see our favorites on the field. And we sit and wait, and end up like The Accountant, hunting for that last piece of the puzzle (his was upside down though), in order to “finish” the squad.

Still, we are left to champ and chomp and wait and hope and scour every place on the WWW, not wrestling silly the world wide web, hoping and praying to see more of our team come back into the fold.

And yet, there are other pieces out there looking for work. There is Gerald McCoy to consider and also Kwon Alexander. Both were key players for Tampa when times weren’t so good.

Could it be time to bring them both back?

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They both seem to be coming off a less than a spectacular season, and it’s really possible to at least consider what they might be able to add to the defensive depth.

But I’ll leave all that gerrymandering to the people who know best. It’s hard to second guess the Bucs management when they have been hitting home runs for the past two years.

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