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One week of the free agency period is practically in the books and the Buccaneers have been the talk around the NFL among fans and the media. Whether it is due to the release of veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis or the signings of several free agents, Tampa Bay has an obvious plan they are executing.
The new regime has been hard at work making sure they get the players in that they feel will help upgrade the roster. There was no argument that after last season there would be many holes to fill and the Bucs are doing just that. The signings of defensive end Michael Johnson and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald could finally add to a pass rush that was non-existent in 2013. That will in turn help a secondary look and play better even without Revis which now includes 2013 Pro Bowler Alterraun Verner.
Same could be said about the offense. Last season, the offensive line struggled to do much collectively. As a result the Bucs' brass felt there was a need to part ways with right guard Davin Joseph and left tackle Donald Penn. In return they signed tackle Anthony Collins and center/guard Evan Dietrich-Smith as well as sured up the depth with the re-signing of guard Jamon Meredith and acquiring veteran lineman Oniel Cousins. They may not be done however as several reports have surfaced that they may be attempting to trade center Jeremy Zuttah.
But just because the Bucs are moving pieces in and out of the Buccaneers' organization doesn't mean they should settle. Why not keep it going during the draft too? If Khalil Mack is available, draft him. If tackles Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews is available, draft one of them. And of course, if a Teddy Bridgewater or Sammy Watkins is there, grab one of them too. No need to trade down.
The Bucs have done a good job making moves this offseason and should keep that trend going well beyond free agency. There is still room for more splashes and that appears to be their intentions.
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