All things considered, the 2023 season was nothing short of a success for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
They won the NFC South, defeated the defending NFC Champions in the Wild Card Round and even saw their offensive coordinator, Dave Canales, accept a head coaching gig in Carolina. Oh, and Baker Mayfield made a triumphant return to relevance.
It was way more than fans could have expected, but alas, we're on to the offseason.
Looking at the state of the roster, the Bucs have some key free agents they should seriously consider letting walk, but at the same time, there are a few which need to be kept at all cost. Let's start, first, with three players who shouldn't be back in 2024.
1. Chase Edmonds, RB
The run game was no where near what the Bucs would have liked last season, but Rachaad White showed some great things over the second half of the year. Other than White, though, the Bucs didn't get much out of anyone else.
Chase Edmonds has reached the point in his career where he's either tailing off or is best served as an emergency running back. Tampa Bay needs to find someone else to pair with White who can be a bigger, short yardage type of back and mix in here and there.
This past season, Edmonds ran it 49 times for 176 yards, averaging only 3.6 yards per carry. He added 14 receptions for 81 yards, as well. Edmonds only played on 18 percent of offensive snaps, which left White playing a whole lot. Tampa Bay needs to let go of Edmonds and find a capable replacement to give this offense a one-two punch it deserves.
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