Buccaneers’ offseason bridges gap between youth and veterans

General manager Jason Licht (Buccaneers.com Photo)

General manager Jason Licht (Buccaneers.com Photo)

The 2015 season was filled with lots of errors from the Bucs on the field. The blame that the Lovie Smith coaching staff received was well-deserved. But youth was evident as mistakes grew aplenty.

Tampa Bay vowed to change that this offseason. The team went and signed free agents that will have an average age of 30 years old by the time the season starts. They filled voids on the defensive side of the ball with true leadership in veterans Brent Grimes, Robert Ayers and Daryl Smith.

Appearing as a guest with Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager on The Peter Schrager Podcast, general manager Jason Licht talked about the importance of those signings to a young roster.

“We have a young team. We have a young quarterback. We have a couple young offensive linemen. We have some pieces on defense, but — we want to continue to build with young players and that’s what’s exciting about this team — we think the best way to develop our young players is to have a few bridges in there and have a few veterans that know how to teach these guys.”

Of course there is a lot more to it than just having “older guys” on the team. But these acquisitions are just another step in the right direction as Licht mentioned what Grimes, Smith and Ayers bring to the team.

For more on Licht and what he had to say about quarterback Jameis Winston and what goes on leading up to the draft, check out the audio below.


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