Buccaneers: Smart move by front office makes way for signing
By John Paul
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be fully aware of the largest predicament the team is having right now, the defense. Through the first two games of the season, the secondary has obviously been the Achilles heel of the team, with both the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys spending the majority of their games throwing the ball at will.
Bucs fans should be happy to know that it would appear the Buccaneer front office hopes to remedy this situation sooner rather than later. It’s being reported that the Bucs have just restructured left guard Ali Marpet’s contract in a move that would free up $4 million of cap space for the 2021 season.
A move like this can only mean that the Bucs hope to fill the void in the secondary right now, which has also suffered from the loss of starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting for an undisclosed amount of time.
The most logical move for the Bucs, given their current situation, is signing 5-time All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who is currently a free agent. In fact, it has already been confirmed by Bruce Arians that Bucs general manager Jason Licht has reached out to Sherman, so now it’s a waiting game.
Sherman would bring with him his wealth of experience in the position, which would certainly be a great fit for a mostly veteran Bucs squad. Additionally, Sherman has shown that he is still very capable of playing at the level the Buccaneers would require.
Sherman spent the better part of last year battling injuries, so it would seem fans appear to only remember that version of him, but before that, he was one of the better corners in the league with a great understanding of the game.
The reality is something needs to be done with the Bucs secondary before a team completely eviscerates it one of these Sundays. The Buccaneers are positioned for a crucial signing, and Sherman is fantastic option until, and beyond, the return of SMB.