Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2017 Team Needs
Year one of the Dirk Koetter experiment ended and the results were no different than the previous season. The Bucs played well, won more games than they lost, and finished out of the playoffs. The team has over $62 million in cap space and a slew of free agents giving this offseason the potential to set the franchise on a new course.
Primary Needs: DT, WR, S
Secondary Needs: DE, C, RB
Free Agency Strategy: Tampa Bay will have the ability to keep any of their own free agents. Joe Hawley is the most obvious choice to be resigned by the team. Bradley McDougald is another obvious candidate to be resigned. Macdougald has started 31 games over the last two seasons and has played rather well. Daryl Smith has been a good player but at age 34 it is probably time for the Bucs to move on. Tampa Bay will still need 2 players at safety and three at defensive tackle. Making a play for Eric Berry, should he be available, and Kawann Short - the best defensive tackle on the market - are both within reason for Tampa Bay. The Bucs could sign a veteran running back like Rashad Jennings to cover for the loss of Doug Martin, who is unlikely to be back with the team.
Draft Strategy: Having their first pick come at 19th overall means the Bucs might be able to take the best player available and fill a major need on draft day. A receiver like John Ross or a safety like Jabrill Peppers might be available and would be far to attractive to pass up. Derek Barnett would have to be considered should he fall that far. The second round could see Tampa add a safety like Desmond King, receiver like Malachi Dupre, defensive tackle like Caleb Brantley or Chris Wormley, or possibly an edge rusher like Ryan Anderson or Hassaan Reddick. In the third round players such as Montravius Adams at defensive tackle, receiver Dede Westbrook, or a safety like Josh Harvey-Clemons or Rudy Ford would be good options.