PR Roundtable: Who Is The Bucs’ Very best Absolutely free Agent Signing?


The Roundtable functions the opinions of the PR employees as it tackles a subject associated to the Tampa Bay Bucs each and every week.

This week’s subject: Who is the Bucs’ ideal no cost agent signing?

Scott Reynolds: OLB Shaquil Barrett
This is a hard one particular for me due to the fact I consider each Barrett and Deone Bucannon are true high-quality choose-ups by the Bucs in no cost agency. Simply because Bucannon has gotten the most publicity in the media hence far and Arizona’s former initial-round choose is additional nicely identified about the NFL, I’ll concentrate on Barrett and what his addition signifies.

Tampa Bay’s linebacker corps was decimated with injuries final year with 4 players – Kwon Alexander, Jack Cichy, Kevin Minter and Kendall Beckwith – winding up on injured reserve by season’s finish. The Bucs necessary to reload at this position, specifically with the group converting to Todd Bowles’ three-four scheme, which functions 4 linebackers in base defense. Exactly where Barrett assists Tampa Bay is his capability to rush off the edge as a pass-rushing SAM (strongside) linebacker. He’s anticipated to rotate with Carl Nassib and present the Bucs with a various physique kind at six-foot-two, 251 pounds.

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett
Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photo by: Getty Photos

Barrett, an undrafted no cost agent, is a tough-functioning, blue collar linebacker that has Super Bowl knowledge with Denver playing opposite Von Miller. Now playing in a one particular-year, prove-it deal in Tampa Bay worth $four million, Barrett has just about every incentive to rack up the sacks and forced fumbles – he has 14 profession sacks and 14 forced fumbles – in order to money in subsequent year in no cost agency, either with the Bucs or one more group.

Not only is Barrett, who will come to be a core particular teams player in Tampa Bay, a great edge rusher, he can also line up more than guards and blitz correctly inside. His versatility to play inside and outdoors can enable Bowles to actually get inventive on defense, and the Bucs could use Nassib and Barrett on the field at the very same time in some nickel rush packages.

Mark Cook: WR Breshad Perriman
Losing Adam Humphries to no cost agency and then also trading away DeSean Jackson to the Eagles has left a void in 2018’s strongest unit. Paying Humphries $9 million a season didn’t make great economic sense, nor did maintaining an unhappy Jackson at $10 million, but the Bucs do drop 1,500 getting yards of production that will need to have to be replaced.

Perriman will not replace these two on his personal, but he can fill the speed void left when Jackson was traded. Behind the scenes, the organization is actually excited about what Perriman brings to the table, and at just $four million, he is a steal if he can come in and duplicate even close to what Jackson did final season, exactly where he totaled 774 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Bucs WR Breshad Perriman
Bucs WR Breshad Perriman – Photo by: Getty Photos

Apart from the truth the group believes he can equal these numbers and can do so for $six million significantly less, Tampa Bay believes he will match into the Bucs locker space a lot improved than Jackson did. Receivers can be divas to a degree, and ask any quarterback and they will inform you that all receivers consider they are open just about every play.

Perriman has currently stated he desires to perform with Jameis Winston this offseason to perform on chemistry. That is some thing that Winston and Jackson under no circumstances actually created. The Bucs also are excited about Perriman’s size (six-two, 211), and think that his massive catch radius will enable the two connect.

Add in the truth Perriman signed just a one particular-year deal signifies he will be motivated to money in subsequent offseason – in Tampa Bay or elsewhere. Perriman’s massive query mark more than the final handful of years has been his drops, but if he can strengthen his hands, the Buccaneers could have located a replacement for Jackson, and dare I say, possibly even an upgrade.

Matt Matera: LB Deone Bucannon
If the Bucs actually want to modify the culture, it is ideal to do it with a player that has noticed and knowledgeable initial hand in how Bruce Arians can influence a group. Bucannon is a playmaker that the Bucs have desperately necessary on defense. It does not matter if he’s playing linebacker, security, or a hybrid of that in the “moneybacker” function, he is bringing leadership to this group.

Bucs LB Deone Bucannon
Bucs LB Deone Bucannon – Photo by:

Though it is not precisely rocket science to understand a new defense, Bucannon is the excellent player to bring in and enable along his defensive teammates in understanding the new program. Possessing played one particular year below Todd Bowles in 2013, Bucannon flourished below his scheme, recording 83 tackles, two sacks, two pass deflections and a forced fumble, earning him a spot on the NFL’s all rookie group even whilst splitting his beginning position. He will appear two get back to that type coming right here to Tampa.

At age 26, Bucannon is nevertheless a young player that can excel on the Bucs defense. His numbers may perhaps have dropped final season, but the Cardinals also changed their defensive strategy. Now that he’s back in a function that he knows nicely, there’s absolutely nothing like a modify of scenery and rejoining some familiar faces that could rev up the engine. Playing that linebacker-security function, Bucannon fills two voids for the Bucs and must absolutely be a massive element in reshaping the Bucs’ defensive image.

Taylor Jenkins: Deone Bucannon
The Bucs have produced a series of moves, on a restricted spending budget with mainly one particular-year bargains, in order to fill holes at positions of demands so far all through no cost agency. Tampa Bay added Bradley Pinion to get younger (and less expensive) at the punter position, added Shaquil Barrett to bring in some substantially-necessary depth off of the edge, added depth at security with Kentrell Brice and brought in Breshad Perriman to add explosiveness on offense and fill a void left by DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries.

My favourite addition to the Bucs’ roster this offseason has to be Bucannon, although, due to the fact of just how lots of boxes he checks for the group.

Bucs LB Deone Bucannon
Bucs LB Deone Bucannon – Photo by: Getty Photos

The initial – and most critical – issue that Bucannon brings to Tampa is his presence on a linebacking corps that has lost Kwon Alexander and Adarius Taylor, whilst the futures Kendell Beckwith and Jack Cichy have come to be substantial query marks, all inside the span of a year. Bucannon was drafted as a security out of Washington State and can play inside or outdoors linebacker based on the package, but he will probably play mainly in the “moneybacker” function that was carved out for him through his time in Arizona.

The subsequent crucial to Bucannon’s addition is the trust and familiarity he has from Bruce Arians and his employees. Bucannon was drafted to Arizona in 2014 and spent 4 years below Arians’ employees, which includes a year below defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. This knowledge must make it an simple transition to the Bucs’ new defense for Bucannon, and his familiarity with the scheme and employees must enable him to help other players about him as they get up to speed and make the essential adjustments to understand.

Bucannon does come with threat, and his one particular-year deal is not only a mitigation for that threat but a possibility for him to make massive revenue subsequent offseason if his play warrants the spend day. He was forced to miss the final 3 games of the 2016 season due to an ankle sprain that would later need offseason surgery, and he’s missed 10 games more than the previous 3 seasons due to injury. But if he can keep healthful, Bucannon could quickly step in and be a crucial, effect player on defense this season for the Bucs.


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