The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need help. Moreso on the defensive side of the ball than the offensive side but that still shouldn’t limit their options.
Several names have already hit the wire this week and there has been much debate among the fan base and media geeks on who they should target. Here are just a few names the Bucs may be beneficial going after.
Defensive End Mario Williams
The Bucs need pass rushers and the former first overall selection in 2006 should be on their list. Earlier this week, TheBayCave.com’s Michael Horan made a case for the Bucs going after Williams. In 11 seasons, the veteran defensive end has recorded 98 sacks and has missed just 14 games.
But his disappointment with the Buffalo Bills in 2015 regarding how he was used left CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco writing an article on Thursday on how he quit. While I love Prisco’s work, I have to disagree with his story. Reason being is the gif files he included don’t tell the whole story on why Williams “quit” on his team last season. Images showed Williams often slap boxing an offensive linemen, sitting in a zone, covering the flat, etc. Those images show exactly what Williams was upset about and that is what his role was in their scheme. There’s no reason to shy away from potentially bringing him in.
Wide Receiver Roddy White
Former Atlanta Falcons veteran receiver Roddy White was released this week in somewhat of a surprising move. Although I feel the Bucs can do better outside of White, he deserves to be on the list because of his veteran status. Plus, an extra set of hands for a a young quarterback will not hurt.
Many may think it’s tying his former coaches in Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mike Smith to him, but it’s mainly because of Jameis Winston. We saw what happened when Winston had limited targets due to injuries depleting the receiving group of Tampa Bay. The more targets the Bucs bring in for Winston, the easier he can progress and Year 2 normally serves as a true test for young quarterbacks.
Running Back Arian Foster
Talk about surprising moves, the Texans decision to cut Foster came out of nowhere especially since Foster and the team were willing to work a new deal where he would take a pay cut. Why signing Foster would be a good thing for the Bucs is simple: Because of the looming departure of Doug Martin.
However, like Martin, Foster has had injuries in his history, more recently in 2015 where he missed 12 games due to an Achilles tear. An injury like that can sideline Foster from workouts throughout the offseason as well, but with a low yet fair offer, Tampa Bay can have a two-time All-Pro running back in the backfield with sure hands and power while splitting time with Charles Sims.
But it’s worth noting that like it was already reported on TheBayCave.com, a source well placed within the organization informed TBC Martin’s injury history does not bode well for an easy decision from their end. I expect the same can be said with a potential Foster signing. Difference here is, Foster can be had for a lot less. Possibly.