With the offseason in full swing and following the draft teams began to look at shaping their roster. Occasionally they find themselves still needing talent after players get hurt or don’t live up to their billing. So here are two offensive free agents the Buccaneers could keep tabs on if things don’t work out as they have planned.
The offensive line still seems like a question mark. Players are being shuffled, new faces have come in, and evaluation has started. One spot in particular that still seems in flux is the guard positions. A strong option still left in free agency is former Bronco Dalton Risner.
A stout player at 6’5″ 312 pounds the former second rounder has been a consistent presence over the last four seasons. With 3,773 snaps at left guard, Risner has only allowed 10 sacks, and 22 hits. This has earned him a PFF pass blocking grade of no less than 69.6 for any season. Additionally he’s not a liability on the line with only six penalties over that span.
Surly with the amount of change on the line the Buccaneers staff are keeping tabs on other options. But Risner will cost quite a bit, so some room would need to be made under the salary cap.
After coming off a career year in 2021 Darrell Henderson came into the 2022 season for the Rams as presumably the starting running back. Unfortunately for Henderson, and frankly the entire Rams offense, 2022 was not a good season. He was waived in November, claimed by the Jaguars and waived again in December.
But surly he’s not done yet. He may not be a premier back but he can complement Rachaad White very well. While still averaging four yards a carry and and about 2.6 yards after contact per attempt Henderson can be a complimentary bruising back the Buccaneers need. Additionally, with last season’s slump of only 283 yards on 70 carries, he may be very inexpensive to bring in.
He could likely receive a call if the Buccaneers feel Chase Edmonds, who was signed early this offseason is not panning out in camp.
The roster is far from complete and locked in. I fully expect some changes and possible additions. But for now we wait and see while allowing the team to evaluate their talent. One thing is certain in the NFL and that’s injuries and some players not reaching their potential.