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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Free Agents: Who to keep, who to let walk

  • 2020 NFL Free Agency
  • NFL
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Tom Brady
By AlexSilberman March 13, 2020 0 Comment
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have 19 unrestricted free agents. Who should they re-sign, and who should they let walk this free agency?

Football fans can agree free agency is an eventful and exciting time. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this year’s free agency will set the stage for the franchise for the upcoming years. When a team can see change under center, it is either exciting or nerve-wracking times. The Buccaneers have 19 unrestricted free agents. We will be going over the most notable ones.

Quarterback Jameis Winston

As the former #1 pick’s rookie contract comes to an end, Buccaneer fans have been accustomed to Jameis Winston, the good and bad. He can look like a star quarterback one series and the next one looking like a bust. They are dealt with a hand of cards; they can stick with him and hope he fixes his mishaps. There is the option of going after a veteran quarterback such as Tom Brady or Philip Rivers.

The final option is going after a quarterback. They can take a gamble on such as Teddy Bridgewater. Having close to $80 million in cap space, the Buccaneers can do just about any choice they want. Reports out of the Tampa Bay Times have stated that the Buccaneers are going all-in on the six-time Super Bowl Champion QB Tom Brady. If they are not able to land him, they would like Bridgewater or Rivers.

Decision: Walk. Try and sign Brady, Teddy Bridgewater, or Rivers.

Edge rusher Shaquil Barrett

Shaquil Barrett went undrafted and was picked up by the Denver Broncos and spent five seasons there. In these five seasons, the former undrafted free agent racked up only 14 sacks. In his lone season in Tampa Bay, Barrett led the league in sacks with 19.5, made his first Pro Bowl appearance, and made himself some money. According to NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Buccaneers are “strongly considering” placing their franchise tag on Barrett. It would be foolish to let Barrett test the waters of free agency.

Decision: Tag Barrett in hopes of completing a long-term deal.

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh

Another former #1 pick is on the market. After signing a one-year deal with the Buccaneers last offseason, Ndamukong Suh sees himself on the market after a solid year in Tampa Bay. The former Lions standout contributed 41 tackles, 14 quarterback hits, and four fumbles recoveries, two of those he returned for touchdowns. Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians has stated that Suh is one of the team’s top priorities on their long list of 19 unrestricted free agents. If Suh were to re-sign, he would most likely be expecting good money, possibly too much the Buccaneers would be willing to pay.

Decision: Walk

Wide receiver Breshad Perriman

The former first-round pick was looked at as a bust after his time with the Baltimore Ravens. Breshad Perriman had a short stint with the Browns and eventually landed in Tampa Bay. At the beginning of the season, Perriman was dealing with an injury, but when Mike Evans and Chris Godwin went down with injuries, Perriman stepped up. In the final three games of the year, Perriman achieved a pretty cool achievement. He was the 8th player in NFL history to have 3+ straight 100-yd receiving games after having 0 in their previous 48+ games. After showing what he can do, keeping Perriman can only help whoever is under center next season.

Decision: Keep on a 1-2 year cap-friendly deal.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul

Many thought Jason Pierre-Paul would not play in 2019 after some believed he had suffered a season-ending injury. To their surprise, he went on to have a great season. The 31-year-old accumulated 8 ½ sacks and two forced fumbles in only ten games. He and Shaquil Barrett were a deadly pass-rush duo. Pierre-Paul’s dilemma is that his partner in crime is also an unrestricted free agent. The Buccaneers will most likely choose Barrett over Pierre-Paul, although if they can lock him up, they will.

Decision: Walk

Running back Peyton Barber

Peyton Barber was not the flashiest player in an explosive Buccaneers offense this past season. The former Auburn running back ran for less than 500 yards this past season. His longest rush was only 17 yards this past season too. The Buccaneers were hoping Barber could be a true RB1 and be their first 1,000-yard rusher since Doug Martin in 2015. Unfortunately, that did not happen. The carries between Barber and running back Ronald Jones were split, leaving the Bucs without a true #1 running back. It is hard to imagine they will re-sign Barber, especially with the draft approaching.

Decision: Walk

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