4 moves Buccaneers need to make after signing Jordan Whitehead

After bringing back Jordan Whitehead, the Bucs have a number of other moves to make.

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Sign an offensive lineman

Fixing the offensive line is a task two years in the making for the Buccaneers. Things bottomed out in 2022, but they didn't get much better last season.

Injuries weren't as big of a factor this time around, although losing Ryan Jensen for what ended up being the remainder of his career didn't help. Instead, the mid-to-low-tier play of the line sunk the Bucs as there wasn't much consistency outside of Tristan Wirfs -- which should go without saying.

Specifically, the interior offensive line needs to be rebuilt. Cody Mauch still has some runway to develop but the Bucs will absolutely be looking at this year's draft class to try and get things back on track. With four picks in the Top 100, expect Jason Licht to work his magic to try and land some absolute studs.

He doesn't have to wait until April to start getting to work, though. The Bucs have likely been priced out of the top of the guard market, but there are plenty of guys left to bring in on potentially affordable deals. Dalton Risner has been lobbying for a job, and he'd be a decent gamble to take considering his work as a starter for the Broncos and Vikings. Kevin Zeitler is a few rungs above Risner, and would bring a true veteran presence the team is missing without Jensen in the mix.

Tampa Bay could also look at potentially finding a center in free agency. Connor Williams, who is coming off an ACL injury, thrived as a run-blocker for the Dolphins when he was healthy. It's likely that the Bucs draft a center of the future, but Williams is still only 26 years old and might come cheaper than usual due to his injury bleeding into free agency.

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