While the Bucs were able to bring back Jamel Dean and keep him paired with Carlton Davis III, they lost Sean Murphy-Bunting to the Tennessee Titans in free agency.
Losing Murphy-Bunting hurts because it creates a need for a No. 3 cornerback, something the team still needs to figure out. There are intriguing internal candidates to consider, but there's also a guy still on the market who makes as much sense now as he did then.
Bryce Callahan's best years are likely behind him, but he has shown enough flashes during his stints with the Bears, Broncos, and Chargers to suggest he can be a low-risk free agent with high-impact upside for the Bucs. Callahan is a great natural slot corner with decent ball skills and veteran savviness. He checks a lot of boxes that Todd Bowles might look for in a guy to slide behind Jamel Dean and Carlton Davis in the secondary, or even use as more of a depth piece if a true No. 3 cornerback is found in the draft.
As far as his durability is concerned, Callahan started 11 games for the Chargers last season and set a career-high for interceptions. The Bucs don't need a guy who will challenge Dean and Davis, they need someone like Callahan who can slide into that third-cornerback slot and provide some speed and athleticism to help offset the loss of Murphy-Bunting.
It feels like a quintessential low-risk camp signing and one that could pay off once games start mattering.