Report: Bucs won't go wild in free agency
If the timeline is right this time – and free agency does kick off later this week – don’t expect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to go plundering and pillaging into free agency.
The club has taken a cautious approach with the open shopping market as general manager Mark Dominik has re-tooled the roster to make it one of the youngest and most exciting in the league. The Bucs aren’t going to stray from their philosophy even with more players available in free agency than ever, reports Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.
But the Bucs will have to spend at some point this season because as he notes the team could be some $45 million under the salary cap floor. That floor doesn’t have to be reached at the start of the season. It can be achieved by the end of the season, meaning the Bucs could use substantial space on some of their own players if they chose to hand out contract extensions.
They could start by re-signing guard Davin Joseph and linebacker Barrett Ruud, two mainstays, to prevent them from departing in free agency in the coming week. While Kaufman doesn’t expect the Bucs to sit on their hands, he doesn’t think they’ll go wild. He mentions Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson, Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards and a host of cornerbacks as possibilities.
Surely, Dominik will be careful who he brings in knowing he has a young core already in place.
"In free agency, it's buyer beware,” owner Joel Glazer said earlier this offseason.
It could also be an opportunity to make shrewd additions.
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