Buccaneers Free Agency: Under The Radar Free Agents

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The Buccaneers main priority will be retaining the players already on the roster. That means free agency might be dull and signing big free agents may not be in the cards. This doesn’t mean the Buccaneers won’t find quality players. Every year there is a player who looks for a one-year cheap prove it deal and balls out while on that deal.

Look no further than De’vondre Campbell, who turned himself from a 1-year, 2 million dollar deal into a first team all pro player in a contract year. Even the Buccaneers have done this in the past, signing Shaq Barrett to a 1-year 5 million dollar deal and saw him play at a Pro Bowl level, and it got him paid. 

Tim Settle

DT
#97
Experience: 4 years
Height: 6-3
Age: 24
Weight: 308 lbs
College: Virginia Tech

Projected contract 1-year $1,000,000

Tim Settle has been buried behind one of the best defensive lines in all of football. When he does plays he makes the most of it. This description is reminiscent of Shaq Barrett coming from those stacked Broncos defensive lines. Settle would beef up that Buccaneers defensive line that could be ravaged in free agency. 

Marlon Mack

RB
#25
Experience: 5 years
Height: 6-0
Age: 25
Weight: 210 lbs
College: South Florida

Projected Contract 1-year $2,500,000

Marlon Mack was born in Sarasota and attended USF, why not bring him back to his hometown? Mack is a solid option because I don’t believe in putting resources into the running back position, and at this price he can be just as useful as some of the league’s best backs. Mack is a solid back who never got to showcase that talent behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines, he could prove to be a quarterback’s best friend with his high level pass protection. Not only is he a good pass protector for a running back, but he can do some good things in space and could be a solid third down option.  

Cedrick Wilson Jr

WR
#1
Experience: 4 years
Height: 6-2
Age: 26
Weight: 195 lbs
College: Boise State

Projected Contract 1-year $5,000,000

I have to preface this by saying I’m a Boise State fan, and seeing Boise State and Buccaneers coexist on the same team is just fun. Beyond all my biases, Cedrick Wilson Jr has been a pleasant surprise all season long. Wilson, who already has a high ceiling, grew a lot throughout the year and showed to be improving every week. With the Buccaneers receiving core somewhat being a question mark, Wilson could provide a spark. 

Sidney Jones

CB
#23
Experience: 4 years
Height: 6-0
Age: 25
Weight: 181 lbs
College: Washington

Projected Contract 1-year $2,000,000

Depth at corner has to be a must after some disastrous performances this secondary showed when injuries popped up. Sidney Jones had been a reliable asset to a terrible Seahawks secondary. His stats aren’t great, but this is due to letting up 11 receptions for 270 yards in his first two games. If you take out his horrendous start, he all of a sudden looks like a very good corner. 

Quinton Spain

OG
#67
Experience: 7 years
Height: 6-4
Age: 30
Weight: 330 lbs
College: West Virginia

Projected Contract 1-year $3,500,000

This would be an absolute steal. Quinton Spain has been a bright spot on a bad Bengals o-line and would give the Buccaneers more time to find a long term replacement. Spain has only allowed 5 sacks and 23 pressures all year. The problem with Spain is he won’t get any younger and could very well be headed toward “the cliff” of his career. 

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1 COMMENT

  1. I like these suggestions, except for the guard. The Bucs have the in-house option of Aaron Stinnie and some other interior linemen they’ve been developing for cheap. They’ll stick with them.

    I’d love for Mack to be a Buc. I was holding my breath that they’d draft him the year he came out.

    In general, I agree we’ll be looking at bargain bin free agents this year once we spend bigger $$$ on our own guys.

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