Buccaneers: Best available free agents to fit biggest needs

Damarious Randall, free agent option for the Buccaneers (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
Damarious Randall, free agent option for the Buccaneers (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers may end up needing to make some moves in free agency.

As fans of a team like the Buccaneers, it doesn’t help from an information standpoint when the franchise plays all of their cards close to the vest. There are obvious reasons for the coaching staff to keep essential information in-house, but it is always going to lead to speculation.

When will Sean Murphy-Bunting return? How can any of the running backs be a ‘starter’ if they are all starters in Arians’ eyes? What does O.J. Howard’s future hold?

Some of these questions can sit on the back burner until the end of the season as long as the team is winning games, but the injury to SMB and the fact that we have little news on his return is troubling.

The Bucs still have needs; we all know this after watching the first game of the season, and staying busy in free agency can ensure the team remains competitive regardless of key losses.

Tampa should keep a close eye on the following players, and this weekend should go a long way in showing us the degree to which Tampa does/does not need to look at hosting some tryout players.

Options for the Buccaneers

Richard Sherman

Sherman’s name popped up immediately when Murphy-Bunting went down. Sherman is one of the best press-man corners in NFL history and would fit in Todd Bowles’ defense like a glove.

For a team that is looking for a run at another Super Bowl, a player with Sherman’s skillset and history in the league would come in handy, especially if SMB will be out for a while.

Quinton Dunbar

Dunbar didn’t have a great season in Seattle last year, but his overall body of work over a career makes him an intriguing option. If the Bucs can’t keep up with the Falcons’ offense this weekend with what they have, it may be worth seeing what a player like Dunbar would bring to the unit.

Damarious Randall

Randall is another pure DB type that can play corner or safety, and the Bucs could always use more players like that. Randall was extremely productive for most of his career with various teams, and the Bucs could see him as another player worth investing in if they are hard-pressed to find depth at corner.

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