Bucs will actually sign some free agents. . . eventually
It's been quiet around here for the past couple of days because, well, the Bucs have been similarly quiet in their approach to free agency.
But here's something that you should know about this offseason going forward: The Bucs will eventually sign some free agents.
No, they might not be the ones that you hoped they would sign, but anyone whose ever watched football knows you can't go from 3-13 to something more respectable by relying on a bunch of rookies (namely the 10 picks that will come out of this draft).
So, what are the Bucs waiting for? Glad you asked. The free agent pool as it currently exists is going to grow as the offseason progresses. As more teams make signings and make their draft picks, many clubs are also going to be making personnel decisions, like cutting some veteran players.
That's what the Bucs are counting on, particularly at receiver.
It's a dangerous way to live, yes, but general manager Mark Dominik and the personnel department have been spending the offseason evaluating other teams' rosters and identifying players they believe are potential cuts. If and when those players hit the market, the Bucs presumably will have done their due diligence and can make an educated decision about whether they are interested. So, it's possible that the answer to the Bucs' quandary at receiver is someone who is currently on another team's roster.
It's too early to say whether this will work as intended for Tampa Bay. But if it does, the benefit will be two-fold: For one, they will be able to augment their team without giving up draft picks as they would have in trade scenarios. Secondly, the Bucs will be able to acquire such players for less money because they won't be competing with the gold rush that is the first few days of the free-agent signing period. The market will long have settled by the time these cuts begin taking place.
We'll at some point see how this all works out, but it's fair to say that the Bucs will, as some point, be a player in the free agent market.
Just not yet.