The NFL Combine came and went but luckily for fans they don’t have to wait very long for the off-season drama to ramp up.
Yesterday at noon, the NFL legal tampering window opened up. This is when teams can agree verbally with free agents but not quite put pen to paper. These deals won’t be official until Wednesday at 4 pm.
According to Sportrac, Before the period began, the Bucs had the least amount of cap space at $1.4 million. Now, this number is expected to go up when the team decides to trade or cut players. Right now it doesn’t seem like a great spot to be in, but the off-season is a long process that requires patience.
Here at Armchair Bucs, we wanted to make it easy for fans to track all the free agent signings regarding the Buccaneers. This will be updated frequently so come back often for the latest.
OT Donovan Smith: 3-years, $41.25 million
OT Demar Dotson: Team-Option worth $4.725 million
LB Devante Bond: 1-year, $720k
QB Ryan Griffin: 2-years, $2.9 million
LB Kevin Minter: 1-year, unknown
K Cairo Santos: 1-year, unknown
RB Peyton Barber: 1-year, $2.125 million
DE Vinny Curry
P Brian Anger
DT Mitch Unrein
Kwon Alexander Departs
The biggest Buc that fans were waiting to hear about was Kwon Alexander. He’s been holding down the middle of the defense for the past four years but a torn ACL threw a wrench into the Bucs’ long-term plans for him. The Bucs wanted him back but it was assumed his asking price was going to be too much for the team to match.
Early on Monday, Alexander signed with the San Francisco 49ers. His deal is for 4-years $54 million. While Alexander is a great guy and has been a solid piece for the Buccaneers’ defense, a $13.5 million is too high a price to pay.
To put this into perspective, Luke Kuechly is making just $10 million this upcoming season. Alexander is obviously not at Kuechly’s level and the Bucs were not willing to overpay especially with Alexander coming off an ACL tear.
Desean Jackson Headed Back To Philly
There has been a lot of tension between the Buccaneers and Desean Jackson leading into the offseason. Despite Jameis Winston and Bruce Arians both praising the receiver, it was known the team was going to part ways with him.
Many believed that Jackson was just going to be cut but luckily for the Bucs, things worked out a little differently.
Breaking: The Buccaneers and Eagles have agreed to a trade to send WR DeSean Jackson back to Philadelphia. (via multiple reports, confirmed by @diannaESPN) pic.twitter.com/L7wy1M6agm
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 11, 2019
Being able to trade Jackson is huge for the Bucs. If he was cut or traded, it would save the team $10 million in cap space but the fact that they traded him for anything is impressive. The compensation coming back to Tampa is a 2019 6th round pick and a 2020 7th round pick. Not a great haul but again, getting anything out of Jackson leaving should be considered a win.
Adam Humphries Gets Paid
Fans of every team have that one guy that might not be the best but is reliable and does everything 100 percent and fans love them. That guy for the Bucs was receiver Adam Humphries. Originally an undrafted free agent in 2015, Humphries worked hard to get his playing time. Last season, he was second on the team in targets and catches (105 and 76), third in yards (816) and fourth in touchdowns (5). All of these stats were also career highs.
Much like Alexander, fans and the team wanted Humphries back but the money he was asking for was going to be too much. By the end of the day, Humphries had agreed to a deal with the Tennessee Titans.
The #Titans are signing former #Bucs WR Adam Humphries, per @MikeGarafolo and me. Another top slot threat off the market. One of the NFL’s most efficient on third down.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 11, 2019
Bruce Arians Lands A Familiar Face
With Alexander moving on, the Bucs have a hole in the middle of their defense. It didn’t take very long for Arians and new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to find someone to fill the role.
Deone Bucannon played under Arians in Arizona from 2014 to 2017 and Bowles in 2014. During his time with the Cardinals, Bucannon accumulated 404 total tackles, (311 solo, 93 assisted, 27 tackles for loss and seven sacks. While injuries have slowed him down a bit, Bucannon is hoping to get back to his previous ways with his old coaches. While he’s mostly played linebacker, Bucannon can also fit in a safety roll in Tampa.
His deal is for one year for an unknown amount as of now.
Making Moves At Punter
In less exciting news, the Bucs have a new punter. It was announced that the team has signed Bradley Pinion from the San Francisco 49ers to a 4-year deal. In a related move, the team also announced that they are releasing Bryan Anger. The move is expected to save the Bucs an estimated $3 million in cap space.
Finding Receiver Depth
With Odell Beckham Jr. being sent to Cleveland, the Browns receiving room was getting a little crowded. The Bucs decided to take advantage late Tuesday night.
Reported by Adam Schefter, the Bucs signed Breshad Perriman to a one-year $4 million deal. Coming out of UCF, Perriman was a first-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 but never lived up to the billing. He’s been hampered by injuries and has only played 37 games in three seasons. He did have a bit of resurgence in Cleveland but still has work to do.
At only 25 years old, Perriman could be a solid depth piece that offsets the loss of Jackson and Humphries. If he cleans up his drop issues and stays healthy, this could be a very solid signing.
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