Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht speaks during the 2014 NFL Combine. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers will be active in FA

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new regime in town led by head coach Lovie Smith and GM Jason Licht, and they are definitely in better hands with those two running the show. At least, that’s what it looks like on paper; we’ll have to wait some time to see just how much of an upgrade these two are. But the early indications are positive, as the Buccaneers seem willing to look through all possible options. They are also set to be aggressive in free agency this year, because they know that they are a few more playmakers and role players away from being a competitive team again. Of course, any team that went 4-12 the previous season has some upgrades to do, and the Bucs are fully aware of this.

Licht said that the Buccaneers will be active in free agency, via Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, “We’re going to try to be proactive. We’re going to try to fill as many holes as we can in free agency, because I don’t want to go into the draft with our first pick, having to pick a position.

“If (the best player available at that time) fits a need, then we’ll do it. And sometimes that’s the way it goes. But it usually doesn’t, so we’re going to be proactive in free agency, and we’re going to do it wisely.’’

I really love the line of thinking presented by Licht, because the Buccaneers could really help themselves by building a deeper roster in free agency so that they can go BPA with the seventh overall pick. Aside from defensive end, the Bucs don’t really have a massive position of need; they just need more depth and one more top-end playmaker (and that would be at DE, in all likelihood). I an ideal world, most teams would like to be in a position to take the best player available in the draft, and it looks like the Bucs are working towards doing that.

Build depth in free agency, add the blue-chip player in the draft.

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  • victorbarney

    It finally sure feels GREAT AGAIN reading about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! Finally I feel good again being a Tampa Bay Bucs fan, not felt since Jon Gruden first came to town. And, the best part, I now feel even better than I did then! This is REAL TAMPA BAY FANS this time! WATCH…

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Fingers crossed for a great offseason for you guys, Victor. Hope the Bucs can find the top DE they desperately need, a dependable slot guy, one more corner to be the nickel guy, and a guard for good measure.

  • victorbarney

    Thank you very much Joe Soriano, that was so thoughtful of you to respond to my comments. I really just “know” that things will be much better this year and I’m very sure that the Bucs will “find the top DE that they “desperately need,” as well as, “a dependable slot guy, at least one more corner to be a nickel guy,” as well as, “a guard for good measure” because Tampa Bay finally had the great sense to go to a perennial franchise NFL WINNER to get a Head Coach!!! Joe, it seems logical to me that winning franchises tend to produce winning coaches because they already have been winners themselves! I just love it and I just “know” that you do too! It’s just becoming so exciting again to be a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan and this is the most confident that I’ve ever been in a Tampa Bay management team ever, including the “Gruden era!” Watch…