Keep up to date with all the comings and goings surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during what’s sure to be a busy period of free agency in 2023.
To quote Anakin Skywalker, this is where the fun begins.
NFL free agency is upon us, but it’s going to be less like the better-remembered Star Wars movies and more along the lines of the prequels for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s not that things will go terribly, but expectations need to be adjusted and tempered heading into the offseason.
We all knew that would be the case, though.
The bill has officially come due for the Tom Brady years, and the salary cap can that was kicked down the road has stopped rolling. Tampa Bay entered the offseason needing to shed over $50 million in salary to get back under the cap, and face a wildly uncertain future.
Brady is gone, leaving a huge void at quarterback that will be perhaps the Bucs biggest offseason question that needs to be answered. It’s not a question of if the team reloads at the position through free agency and the draft but who the team takes in either situation.
There isn’t a ton of money to spend, though, which means the team is already priced out of some of the higher-echelon options on the market.
It won’t preclude them from spending, though, and will likely be a blessing in disguise as the team is prevented from overpaying for someone. Baker Mayfield, Jacoby Brissett, and Drew Lock have all been named as potential targets, with the possibility that Blaine Gabbert returns in the cards as well.
Notable moves will be made at other positions as well, perhaps to an even greater degree. Lavonte David might not be back next season and Jamel Dean is almost certainly signing elsewhere. Leonard Fournette, Cameron Brate, and Donovan Smith are all being released, and decisions need to be made on other players like MJ Stewart and Sean Murphy-Bunting.
Simply put, the team moving forward in Tampa Bay is going to look a lot different than it did the last three years, and this offseason might just be the beginning of significant change as the team enters a new era.
Who are the Buccaneers 2023 free agents? (Updated)
All free agents are unrestricted unless otherwise noted.
- Akiem Hicks, DE
- Julio Jones, WR
- Blaine Gabbert, QB
- Mike Edwards, S (Signed with Chiefs)
- William Gholston, DE
- Sean Murphy-Bunting, CB (Signed with Titans)
- Logan Ryan, CB
- Josh Well, OT
- Carl Nassib, DE
- Giovani Bernard, RB
- Aaron Stinnie, OG
- Keanu Neal, S
- Kyle Rudolph, TE
- Breshad Perriman, WR
2023 free agents staying with Buccaneers (Updated)
Free agents the Buccaneers re-sign before the league year beings will be listed here.
2023 free agents leaving Buccaneers (Updated)
Departures will appear here when confirmed.
- Tom Brady, QB (Retired)
- Raheem Nunez-Roches, DT (Signed with New York Giants)
- Sean Murphy-Bunting, S (Signed with Tennessee Titans)
- Mike Edwards, S (Signed with Kansas City Chiefs)
Players cut by the Buccaneers in 2023 (Updated)
- Leonard Fournette, RB
- Cameron Brate, TE
- Donovan Smith, LT
- Ryan Succop, K
2023 free agents signed by Buccaneers (Updated)
Free agent deals will be listed here as they become official, or are rumored to be official.
- Baker Mayfield, QB (1-yr, $8.5M)
- Chase Edmonds, RB
- Greg Gaines, DT