As I settle back into my favorite armchair for purposes of being the Bucs General Manager; let’s look at the Restricted Free Agents for Tampa Bay. But first, what exactly is a “Restricted” Free Agent?
Restricted Free Agents as defined by my good friend “the internet” is “In the National Football League, a restricted free agent (RFA) is one with three accrued seasons (six or more regular season games with a team) of service, who has received a “qualifying” offer (a salary level predetermined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players, known as a “tender”)”. So with that technicality out of the way, who would, I bring back? There are 4 players in RFA for the Buccaneers, so will the following players please come to my office.
Adarius Glanton – keep in shape and see you next year – While Glanton isn’t the best linebacker in the league or even in the locker room he is useful. He’s done what he’s been asked when he’s been asked and is a competent tackler. Performs well on special teams and on defense when needed so is good depth for now.
Cameron Brate – The U-Haul truck in the parking lot is full of cash and it’s yours – Cameron Brate is one of the better receiving Tight Ends in the NFL. Letting him go would be a huge blunder and unless he’s asking to be the highest paid TE in the league, I’m paying the man.
Adam Humphries – Keep doing what you do – Hump, as he’s affectionately known by his teammates, was a gem of a find. Rapidly becoming the Bucs answer to Wes Welker the man deserves a contract with a pay rise.
Ryan Russell – It’s been real – Ryan Russell is another case of dead money and a player collecting a cheque without contributing. Time to flip the roster and Russell is a casualty who is allowed to leave and try his luck elsewhere.
Stay tuned for the final installment of Exclusive Rights Free Agents.