What next for Bucs?
The impending labor unrest isn't the only reason the Bucs are beginning an uncertain offseason. Between the club's many free agents and players rehabbing injuries, there are plenty of guys to keep an eye on.
Name Status Possible outcome
CB Ronde Barber His contract is about to expire, and he's 35. Given the physical toll, chances of return are 50-50.
WR Arrelious Benn He tore knee ligaments in home finale. Faces a long rehab and hopes to return for training camp.
DE Tim Crowder Ended season as starting LDE; contract expiring. Could end up elsewhere if Bucs add DE help.
TE John Gilmore No. 2 tight end's contract expiring. At 31, could be replaced with younger option.
S Cody Grimm Starting safety ended season on IR. Broken leg should heal in time for offseason work.
LB Adam Hayward Backup and ace on special teams will be free agent. Hayward could return in similar role.
S Tanard Jackson On yearlong suspension for drug use. If reinstated, will have to earn a spot.
RG Davin Joseph Ended season on IR; contract expiring. Not a sure bet to return.
DT Gerald McCoy Suffered season-ending biceps tear. Weight-room work will be affected for months.
DT Brian Price Rookie year done in by serious pelvic fracture. A lot of ground to make up in offseason.
LB Barrett Ruud Becomes free agent; looking for big payday. Value will be determined by market.
WR Maurice Stovall Just seven receptions in 12 games. Will likely be pushed out of ever-improving unit.
CB Aqib Talib Coming off serious hip injury. Long rehab could affect offseason work.
OT Jeremy Trueblood Lost starting job to James Lee. Seems unlikely to return.
DE Stylez White Contract expiring; career-low 41/2 sacks. Bucs will look to draft to replace him.
RB Cadillac Williams Backup's contract expiring. Will test market but could return.
Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer