Buccaneers: 4 moves to make to stay at the top of the NFL
By Rob Leeds
The Buccaneers still have moves to make.
Complacency breeds weakness. Taking a massive win in an underdog season is a marvelous undertaking by the Buccaneers in the 2020 NFL season, but that doesn’t mean the job is done.
Now, the goal is staying on top of the NFL, and this is no easy task. Everyone wants to wear the crown, and this plants a target squarely on the back of the Bucs.
This is not the time to stay the course, and the Buccaneers need to make the following moves to remain in contention for the Super Bowl next season.
Draft an edge rusher
The Buccaneers have some holes on their roster that can be filled through the draft or free agency. A depth pass rusher is likely the most significant need for now, and using a draft pick here makes more sense than looking for a free agent.
As one of the most important players on the field, the market for pass-rushers is overinflated. Even mediocre edge players command high salaries, and few players would want to join the Bucs to be the third guy for minimum pay.
A rookie draft pick is cheaper than a free agent and has more potential down the road. The Bucs can remain happy with their starters, but they also get a depth piece for the future without having to mortgage any cap space now.