3 Buccaneers players who shouldn't be back in 2024, and 3 that should

It's time for the Bucs to build on a rather successful 2023.

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2. Ryan Neal, S

If you asked Buccaneer fans what their top offseason wishes were, I would guarantee the vast majority include safety in their answer. Fans were largely scarred by the season Ryan Neal had in 2023.

He began the year by looking like arguably the worst safety in all of football over the first eight weeks. Fans were calling for his job left and right. He was beaten badly on a regular basis. He finally saw his snaps go down, as they were more than cut in half for the second half of the year. The message was clearly sent, as Neal's play was elevated just a bit from there on out.

Still, there is no way the Bucs can return with Neal starting for this defense in 2024. Fans would riot if Tampa Bay were to re-sign him.

Instead, the Bucs need to go out and find another young safety in the 2024 NFL Draft while bringing back Antoine Winfield Jr. on what is sure to be an expensive contract this offseason. Winfield is also a free agent, but there's no chance Tampa allows him to leave.

Letting go of Neal, re-signing Winfield and drafting another starter should be what's on tap for Tampa Bay this spring.