3 key positions Buccaneers still need to improve this offseason

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers still have plenty of moves they can make to move the needle.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have put together one of the best free agency classes of any team in the NFL, but that doesn't mean they need to stop where they're at.

While a lot of the big names are staying put, the Bucs have also lost a few key starters who have been filling vital roles since this team was competing for Super Bowls, and those positions need to be addressed immediately.

Assuming the Bucs can address the following positions with high-quality draft picks and free agents, this team can be very dangerous in 2024.

3 postions the Buccaneers still need to improve in order to dominate next season

Edge Rush

The pass rush has been a point of weakness in Tampa for a little while now. The room last year had decent depth, but the production never really lived up to what most expected from that group.

YaYa Diaby made a name for himself as one of the bright young stars on the roster and likely steps into the top role for 2024, but the room behind him is questionable. Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Anthony Nelson are good depth pieces, but the Bucs will want more of a high-ceiling option to pair with Diaby if they want to get the most out of their defense.

Expect for the Bucs to spend one of their top draft picks on the position in addition to at least one free agent addition of a veteran to help out the young room.


The Bucs had little choice with Carlton Davis. The veteran corner was a huge part of the playoff teams of the past, but his price tag was just too high relative to some streaky play in recent weeks.

Jamel Dean is still a great option as the top guy and there is plenty to like with Zyon McCollum and Christian Izien, but a valuable pick on a guy with a high ceiling will pay off in the long run.

Davis leaves a bigger hole than most people would expect. Tampa needs to be careful here if Todd Bowles' defense hopes to avoid losing a step.

Left Guard

With Baker Mayfield locked in for the next three years, the Bucs need to make sure that he is protected for that full duration.

The line as a whole was able to lock in well last season and rise to the occasion, but the retirement of Ryan Jensen and some free agency departures have created a hole at left guard that is sure to be a major focus during the draft.

While the Bucs do have some versatility with depth options or a later pick in the draft, don't be surprised if Jason Licht finds yet another dominant, small-school lineman in one of the middle rounds to serve as the longterm starter.

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