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2012 NFL Offseason: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Draft Grades, Season Previews, Offseason Needs, Free Agents



Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Year: 4-12)

2012 NFL Season Preview:

Veteran Additions:
QB Dan Orlovsky, WR Vincent Jackson, TE Dallas Clark, G Carl Nicks, DE Wallace Gilberry, DE Jayme Mitchell, DT Amobi Okoye, DT Gary Gibson, CB Eric Wright.
Early Draft Picks:
SS Mark Barron, RB Doug Martin, OLB Lavonte David, ILB Najee Goode, CB Keith Tandy.
Offseason Losses:
QB Josh Johnson, RB Kregg Lumpkin, FB Earnest Graham, TE Kellen Winslow Jr., C Jeff Faine, DT Albert Haynesworth, OLB Geno Hayes, CB Elbert Mack, S Tanard Jackson, SS Sean Jones, S Corey Lynch, KR Micheal Spurlock.

2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offense:
The Buccaneers had so many problems last year that it would take hours typing them up. Some can't even be listed, as Josh Freeman, LeGarette Blount, Mike Williams and others had undisclosed personal issues that can't be discussed. And no, that's not referring to stupidity for Blount or lethargy for Williams, although those things did not help matters.

Freeman had his personal demons last year, but his touchdown-to-interception ratio falling from 25:6 to 16:22 occurred for a myriad of other reasons, one of which was lack of pocket awareness. Another was that none of his receivers could get open. Mike Williams, as as reported here, was out of shape during the beginning of the season and fell asleep during team meetings. Fortunately for Freeman, he won't have to count on Williams as his top weapon this year in the wake of the Vincent Jackson signing.

Jackson was a dynamic downfield weapon for Philip Rivers, but there are a couple of concerns with this pairing. If Jackson wanted to have the best pro career possible, he would have stayed in San Diego or signed with a team that has an established, top-tier quarterback. Instead, he chased the money and signed with Tampa Bay. And how great is Jackson anyway? He's never caught 70 passes in a single season, despite having Philip Rivers as his signal-caller. Jackson has never played with a quarterback not named Rivers or Drew Brees, so was he just a product of the system in San Diego? He was the 61st pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, so it's not like he was really highly regarded when he came into the league.

A player who was a high pick was Kellen Winslow Jr., but he's gone because head coach Greg Schiano didn't want to deal with him. Winslow was a declining player anyway, but the Buccaneers somehow managed to downgrade him by signing Dallas Clark, who looked like he was running in quicksand last year. He was also pathetic when attempting to catch the football, finishing second in the NFL only behind St. Louis' Lance Kendricks in drops per reception. It's quite possible that Clark won't even make the team, so it'll be up to 2011 fourth-rounder Luke Stocker to take Winslow's spot. Stocker had 12 catches as a rookie.

The Buccaneers did make two positive offensive acquisitions. The first was Doug Martin, whom Tampa moved ahead of the Giants for in the 2012 NFL Draft. Blount may handle the inside running for now, but Martin will be utilized heavily as a pass-catching safety valve for Freeman. Blount really frustrated the coaching staff with his inability to receive the ball or protect effectively, so Martin will likely be on the field more often despite having no professional experience.

The second good move was signing Carl Nicks, arguably the top guard in the NFL. He'll man the left guard position, formerly stationed by Jeremy Zuttah, who will now play center in place of the decrepit Jeff Faine. The other member on the left side is blind-side protector Donald Penn, whose nine sacks last year were a bit misleading because Freeman was responsible for several of them.

Right guard Davin Joseph is solid, but the one area the Buccaneers really failed to upgrade was right tackle. Jeremy Trueblood was atrocious there last year, so it's really puzzling as to why general manager Mark Dominik failed to provide some competition for him this offseason.





2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense:
Referring to Tampa Bay's stop unit as "terrible" would be very kind. The defense finished dead last versus the run (5.1 YPC), second-to-last against the pass (8.2 YPA) and worst in terms of getting to the quarterback (23 sacks). Several of the players mailed it in, but don't take that to believe there's not a lack of talent on the roster. There definitely is.

The Buccaneers have jettisoned some of the bad apples. In addition to Kellen Winslow offensively, they let go of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and safety Tanard Jackson. The only poor-character individual still remaining is Aqib Talib, who is facing a possible suspension for an arrest. He may be sidelined for 4-8 games.

It appears as though Tampa Bay has not dumped Talib because of the dubious situation it has at cornerback. It's just Talib and no one else. Mark Dominik signed Eric Wright to a 5-year, $37.5 million deal in March, but the pedestrian corner wasn't practicing with the first team at OTAs because of some undisclosed illness. He'll probably be inserted into the starting lineup eventually because of his ridiculous salary, but he'll quickly be demoted because he can't cover anyone. Anthony Gaitor, Myron Lewis and E.J. Biggers will also be in contention for major playing time, but the latter two really struggled last year.

Ronde Barber used to be a starting corner, but he has moved to free safety - a move that has occurred a year too late based on how brutally he was torched in 2011. Unfortunately, he's 37, so it's unlikely that he'll have much success in his new position. On the opposite end of the spectrum, strong safety Mark Barron has no NFL experience. He was chosen No. 7 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. There's no question that he was a reach; he was pushed up because of the alarming lack of safety prospects.

Believe it or not, there is some good news pertaining to Tampa's stop unit. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will be back from injury. He suffered an ankle malady and then tore his biceps, consequently playing in just six games last season. It's a shame too because he was having a great year. He can be a force if he can stay off the injury report - something that has been a major problem for him thus far. McCoy will start next to Brian Price, a 2010 second-round pick who has flopped thus far in the NFL.

There's more of a positive outlook on the exterior of the defensive front. Adrian Clayborn, the No. 20 selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, had an outstanding rookie campaign. He notched 7.5 sacks, five of which came after Week 10. He was a bit weak against the run, but he should improve in that area going forward. Meanwhile, left end Michael Bennett was terrific in every aspect. He was consequently tendered as a first-round restricted free agent this offseason. He'll obviously command a big contract if he has another great season.

The Buccaneers spent two draft picks on linebackers, and understandably so. That area was a major liability last season. Lavonte David, an undersized, but productive weakside linebacker, was chosen in the second round. Najee Goode, a fifth-rounder, will push Mason Foster in the middle. Foster, a third-round selection last year, struggled mightily in his rookie campaign, constantly getting washed away in run support. Strongside linebacker Quincy Black had similar problems, but was much worse in pass coverage.





2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Schedule and Intangibles:
The Buccaneers have a habit of overspending for mediocre (or worse) talents. Punter Michael Koenen was awarded a 6-year, $19.5 million contract last offseason for some strange reason. It's basically the equivalent of an average person spending $2,000 on a pack of gum. Koenen posted a decent 45.1-yard average with 24-of-67 attempts inside the 20.

Kicker Connor Barth, who received less money this spring (4 years, $13.2 million), was brilliant in 2011, nailing 26-of-28 tries, including 13-of-14 from 40-49 and 2-of-3 from 50-plus.

The Buccaneers didn't score a special-teams touchdown and allowed one, but they actually outgained their opponents by less than a yard on punt and kickoff returns.

Prior to the 2009 season, the Buccaneers were 68-36 as hosts. However, they were a shameful 1-6 at the New Sombrero in 2009, a mediocre 4-4 in 2010 (compared to 6-2 in away contests) and 3-5 last year. They need to reestablish dominant homefield advantage.

The Buccaneers have some beatable non-divisional opponents, including: Redskins (home), Vikings (road), Raiders (road) and Rams (home).



2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Positional Rankings (1-5 stars):

Quarterbacks
Offensive Line
Secondary
Running Backs
Defensive Line
Special Teams
Receivers
Linebackers
Coaching


2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Analysis: The Buccaneers will be much more competitive than they were last year, as long they don't quit on their head coach again. Assuming Josh Freeman is able to fully concentrate on football, the offense should be pretty solid. The defense, however, will make it extremely difficult for this team to win football games. There's little doubt that Tampa Bay will be the last-place team in the NFC South.

Projection: 5-11 (4th in NFC South)


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Robert Michael 05-05-2013 08:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.48 (total posts: 4)
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Post Draft forecast -- 8 & 8.
Freeman runs hot and cold, again.
Tampa fan 05-03-2013 05:30 am xxx.xxx.xxx6.94 (total posts: 1)
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@matt, I see your points, but I would like to point out that overvaluing future draft classes this early is silly. The weak qb class this year consisted of a Matt Barkley, who if he would have came out last year, would have been a top ten pick. He went in the forth round this year. Manzel could have a tough time with the SEC this year and finish with 8 wins and end up like Barkley. Bridgewater may not play to the high level he did against Florida, and get knocked for playing in a lesser conference. Tahj Boyd may be viewed as Aaron brooks and not rg3. The hope for Glennon is to back up freeman and if freeman plays poorly, to overtake him. The players you mentioned you would have drafted instead of Glennon would all have been backups with the hopes of pushing the starters. Bottom line, Russell Wilson was a great pick, but it is rare you get an instant franchise changer in round 3. You draft depth with hopes you get more. I think because it was QB at the pick, it is easy to say bad pick. But it is a backup with starter potential at a position we were thin at. Which is what you want from a third round pick.
Paul 05-01-2013 07:51 am xxx.xxx.xxx.238 (total posts: 2)
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Also, if you haven't noticed, since Schiano, the Bucs try to emulate everything the patriots do. They got Mallet in the 3rd and everyone said it was an epic draft for them. I don't get all the jock sniffing of the pats.
Paul 05-01-2013 07:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx.238 (total posts: 2)
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There was no TE even close to worthy of pick #73 for the Buc's 3rd round pick.
Matt 04-30-2013 11:59 am xxx.xxx.xxx.176 (total posts: 2)
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@Tampa fan: I myself am a huge Bucs fan and I have to agree with Walt in this instance about Glennon.

If Freeman is inconsistent and becomes a free agent next season, chances are the Bucs will have a bad record and be in the running for a top-16 draft pick. If that happens where the Bucs are picking in the top 16, or even anywhere from 1-20, then I would think they would probably target a top-notch quarterback in the much-better quarterback class of 2014.

So if the Bucs release Freeman, that means Mark Domenik might be fired. If he is fired, Schiano will want a 1st round-quality quarterback from a good quarterback class over a mid-round quarterback from a weak quarterback class. If he's not fired, he will probably be forced to take new quarterback.

Orlovsky already has a year in our system. I would want Glennon over Orlovsky in the long run, however the coaches are all focusing on Freeman since this has to be his year. Coaching staffs are more able to develop back-up quarterbacks when their starters are somewhat established. The fact that Freeman has been in four offensive systems in four years and is on the hot seat means he is not established.

I agree with you in that Glennon fit out system more than Barkley, Wilson, and Bray. I would also like to say that there were a few teams picking after us in the 3rd round and before us in the 4th round that were looking for quarterbacks.

I think we should have drafted Dallas Thomas, maybe maybe maybe Terron Amstead, Demontre Moore, on John Jenkins in the third round. There were other quarterbacks like Glennon that would have been available after the fourth round. Because if Freeman does fail and we are drafting in the top-16 for the fourth time in five years, we will probably be drafting a quarterback in the first round. Then what would it look like if the Bucs took a quarterback in the 3rd round in 2013 when they were going to get on in the 1st in 2014 who was deemed a better prospect? It would look like a waist of a pick.
Tampa fan 04-29-2013 10:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.218 (total posts: 1)
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So they upgraded the biggest weakness by far on the team with revis and banks (a four year starter in the SEC and Thorpe award winner for the nations best defensive back) and filled depth on there roster at all the main positions of need, were able to trade the number 6 reciever on the roster for an extra pick, and trade the number 3 RB on the roster for a pic, yet they somehow just had a C draft? TE is not as big a need in Sullivan and Scianos offense, which is why with an ancient Dallas Clark they were still able to finish in the top 10 in total offense. They have both pro bowl guards returning and addressed the slot reciever position with either olgeteee or Steve Smith. The only pick that made me scratch my head was Glennon, but the more I thought about it, the more I understood the selection. Orvlosky is a decent back up, but will never be anything more. Of all the QBs left in the draft, Glennon was the only one that fit perfectly with the vertical pass offense that is in place. Also, if Freeman post another inconsistent year, and is allowed to leave via FA, I would prefer to have a QB with a year in the system that has a lot of upside be on the roster as opposed to orvlosky. Is the 3rd a bit early for Glennon... Probably. But would he have been there in the 4th when we picked... Doubtful. I don't think this draft itself is franchise altering, but the addition of revis makes Tampa a strong threat for the playoffs, which is why I would grade the draft process a B+
Killing falcons 04-29-2013 02:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx59.8 (total posts: 1)
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I'd personally consider this a good draft "B" give or take a plus or minus as time goes by to see this all unfold. Revis for #13, a steal. Banks at #43, a steal again (how did his teammate, Slay go ahead of him at cb?). But, the third round on a QB? We have a capable back up. I mean, who could run the offense better in 2013? I see them probably equal at best. I just don't know. At least it wasn't Barkley. Mallett in third to the patriots was worth the talent and he could learn from the best, I don't see this scenario in the same light. Thank goodness for the picks in the 4th round. Tampa needs an improved pass rush and the lost two very good starters, so DT and a DE that have great ability was reassuring.

Problems, well concerns about what they didn't draft. Tight end... That's a desperate area of need. I agree with Walter here, help Josh now. Some teams have a better second TE than whoever we start. A running back? Franklin went at #125 and we picked at #126. Stefan Taylor? Barnes to the Panthers... Darn it. God forbids something happens to Doug Martin, who will step up? Just don't know much about this back from Miami, but hoping for the best. Maybe Tampa can acquire Justin Fauria.

So, a "B-ish" grade.
Robert Michael 04-28-2013 09:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.48 (total posts: 4)
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Glennon can't dance. If Bucs are really thinking about him as a solution, then they better start making plans to up-grade both OTs.
Netwalker 04-28-2013 06:41 pm xxx.xxx.xxx52.3 (total posts: 1)
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I love these draft graders. If they know so much about the right player to draft, wouldn't they give themselves an A plus? What nonsense these grades are. Grade the draft in three years, not now. This stuff is just sports writers imagining.

Bid D 04-28-2013 12:34 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.42 (total posts: 1)
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This is overall a fair draft...

Would say Glennon should be bumped when you factor in two unique traits of the pick: He's prototype for the Bucs' O, even if not one of the more premiere guys -- IMO he wasn't overdrafted. He wasn't drafted to necessarily compete for the starting job... his expectations are low and only to develop, so with that in mind his grade shouldn't be counted out the same as a guy whose expected to come fill a spot soon.

Means' grade is also off IMO. If you grade it from a neutral perspective you could say it was a reach. But, when you realize the staff likes his character, mean streak, and physical tools, then you know why they feel his ceiling is high. Then you realize he's going to be a LB/pass rushing specialist. So while not a "name" if fits perfectly with what the Bucs want to develop. I'd rather this than a "safe pick" whose ceiling is to be the gunner on KO.
Mike 04-27-2013 03:14 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.74 (total posts: 1)
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Steven Means most likely won't be a DE in Tampa. He has good size the play the SLB position and has 4.60 speed. He was a leader and started a lot of games at Buffalo. He's a project and probably could have got him much later, but Tampa needs LB depth.
Bubba 04-27-2013 03:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.38 (total posts: 1)
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He's projected to play OLB...a BIG area of need.
Matt 04-27-2013 12:28 am xxx.xxx.xxx.176 (total posts: 2)
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Walt, I think I can answer why the Bucs would talk Glennon out of all the quarterbacks you mentioned. He has the strongest arm out of Barkley/Nassib/himself/Wilsin while they don't have as strong arms and the Bucs offense relies on the long ball.

I wish we would have taken Damontre Moore at DE or Dallas Thomas at OL because we depth there as well and those guys were considered better players than Glennon.

Not only that, but the Steelers, Chiefs, Browns, and Texans were going to be picking after our 3rd-round pick and before our 4th-round pick. If we had waited until the 4th, those four QBs might not have been there.
Banks 04-26-2013 11:20 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.166 (total posts: 1)
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Ran a 4.51 in his pro day. He wasnt in good shape at the combine. Was a consensus first rounder for two yrs and runs a 4.6 at the combine and we steal him mid 2nd. Ill take the Thorpe award winner as a 2nd or nickel corner.
Matt 04-26-2013 11:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.225 (total posts: 1)
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Brandon Browner is 3 inches taller and 30 pounds heavier than Banks, and ran essentially the same 40.

Not only did Banks have a bad 40, he had a bad 3-cone, a bad broad jump, a bad vertical leap, a bad weigh in, and a bad bench press.

He won't hang in the NFL. The only similarity physically to Browner and Sherman is that he's over 6 foot.





2012 NFL Draft Grade: A-

Goals Entering the 2012 NFL Draft: Raheem Morris said it before he was fired - the offense lacks play-makers. Josh Freeman really struggled in 2012 for various reasons, one of which was a miserable supporting cast. Vincent Jackson was added in free agency, but he's not enough. The back seven of the defense also needs to be fixed.

2012 NFL Draft Accomplishments: Back seven fixed? Check. Mark Barron and Lavonte David were drafted in the first two rounds, and then Najee Goode and Keith Tandy joined them on Day 3. Play-makers added? Check. Doug Martin was a great addition at No. 31 overall. The Buccaneers traded up for him, but had to do so because the Giants were prepared to select him. Martin, compared by many to Ray Rice, will be a perfect complement to the hard-running LeGarrette Blount.

The one thing I didn't like is the compensation the Buccaneers received for moving down from No. 5 to 7. First of all, it doesn't add up according to the trade value chart, and second, it's been discussed ad nauseum that there's a big difference between the top six prospects in this class and the No. 7-rated guy. Jacksonville should have been forced to surrender a third-round pick instead of a fourth.



2012 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

7. Mark Barron, SS, Alabama: C- Grade
I like when teams trade down, but the Buccaneers could have just obtained Morris Claiborne at No. 5. Do they really think Mark Barron is that close to Claiborne? Most of the evaluators don't think so, as only one major big board had him above No. 8. Safety is not a value position, so unless you're getting the next Ed Reed, you don't draft one in the top 10.

31. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State: A- Grade
I mocked Doug Martin to the Buccaneers in the second round because it made so much sense. He's great as a pass-catcher out of the backfield and has drawn comparisons to Ray Rice, which makes him a great complement for LeGarrette Blount.

58. Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska: A Grade
The Buccaneers really needed linebacker help and have shown interest in Lavonte David, so this makes a ton of sense. David was No. 35 on the consensus big board, so he provides great value. I can't fault Tampa Bay at all for trading up for him.

140. Najee Goode, ILB, West Virginia: C Grade
This is a slight reach, but you have to believe that Greg Schiano is familiar with Najee Goode. The Buccaneers had to find multiple linebackers this weekend.

174. Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia: A- Grade
Finally, a cornerback! Keith Tandy probably should have gone a bit higher than this, so this pick provides some value in addition to filling a huge need.

212. Michael Smith, RB, Utah State: B- Grade
Michael Smith is an OK pick in the seventh round. He might be able to beat out Mossis Madu to be the third running back.

233. Drake Dunsmore, FB, Northwestern: B Grade
The Buccaneers lost Earnest Graham to injury/free agency, so they needed a fullback. This pick makes sense.



Season Summary:
How do you go from 10-6 and nearly making the playoffs to 4-12 and having your head coach fired? Perhaps this all happened because this head coach didn't put in the necessary time and effort every week. I'm not sure what's worse - that, or the fact that the Buccaneers couldn't fire Raheem Morris in December because they didn't have the ample personnel to survive without him.




Offseason Moves:
  • Seahawks acquire TE Kellen Winslow Jr. from Buccaneers for conditional 7th-round pick
  • Bears sign DT John McCargo
  • Buccaneers sign WR Tiquan Underwood
  • Buccaneers sign DT Gary Gibson
  • Buccaneers cut DT John McCargo
  • Bears sign OLB Geno Hayes
  • Redskins sign S Tanard Jackson
  • Buccaneers cut S Tanard Jackson
  • Redskins sign OT James Lee
  • Buccaneers sign DT Amobi Okoye
  • Chargers sign WR/KR Micheal Spurlock
  • Seahawks sign RB Kregg Lumpkin
  • 49ers sign QB Josh Johnson
  • Buccaneers cut DE Tim Crowder
  • Buccaneers waive DE Nick Reed
  • Buccaneers sign OT Jamon Meredith
  • Buccaneers re-sign CB Ronde Barber
  • Buccaneers re-sign DE Michael Bennett
  • Buccaneers sign QB Dan Orlovsky
  • Buccaneers sign CB Eric Wright
  • Buccaneers sign G Carl Nicks
  • Buccaneers sign WR Vincent Jackson
  • Buccaneers franchise K Connor Barth
  • Buccaneers re-sign G Jeremy Zuttah
  • Buccaneers cut DT Albert Haynesworth


    Offseason Needs:
    1. Two Cornerbacks: Aqib Talib is going to prison, while Ronde Barber is about to retire. Not good. This is Tampa's greatest need, which is saying a lot because there are a ton of holes on this roster. Signed Eric Wright; re-signed Ronde Barber; drafted Keith Tandy

    2. Two Linebackers: The first one can be a strongside linebacker to replace the awful Quincy Black, or an inside linebacker so Mason Foster can occupy Black's position. Foster was terrible last year as well, but he'll get another shot. The second linebacker will have to replace Geno Hayes if he's not re-signed. Drafted Lavonte David and Najee Goode

    3. Right Tackle: Many upgrades are needed on the offensive line, most prominently right tackle. The Buccaneers were absolutely insane to give Jeremy Trueblood a 2-year, $10 million contract this past offseason, given that he's one of the worst linemen in the NFL.

    4. Wide Receiver: The Buccaneers need a downfield threat because their offense is so compressed. They could go for Justin Blackmon in the 2012 NFL Draft, or perhaps wait on someone like T.Y. Hilton in Round 3. Signed Vincent Jackson

    5. Defensive Tackle: Brian Price has been a disappointment thus far in his professional career. Signed Amobi Okoye and Gary Gibson

    6. Center: I don't know what happened to Jeff Faine, but his play has really fallen off in the past couple of years. The center position is one of three upgrades needed on the offensive line. Signed Carl Nicks (Jeremy Zuttah to center)

    7. Running Back: LeGarrette Blount is an idiot. I mean that literally. He can't learn protection schemes, so he's completely lost in the passing game. The Buccaneers either need a full-time runner or someone to complement Blount. Trent Richardson was once listed as an option at No. 5 overall in my 2012 NFL Mock Draft. Drafted Doug Martin

    8. Left Guard: Jeremy Zuttah is a free agent. He had a solid year for the Buccaneers, so they should re-sign him. Re-signed Jeremy Zuttah

    9. Free Safety: The Buccaneers have given up on Tanard Jackson. They cut him, so they'll need a new starter. Drafted Mark Barron

    10. Fullback: Earnest Graham is a 32-year-old free agent coming off a torn Achilles. The team needs to look for a new fullback.

    11. Backup Quarterback: Josh Johnson is a free agent, and I don't think the Buccaneers want to go into 2012 with Rudy Carpenter as the No. 2 quarterback. Signed Dan Orlovsky

    12. Kicker: Connor Barth hit 26-of-28 field goal attempts last season, but he's a free agent. Franchised Connor Barth







    2012 NFL Free Agent Signings:
    1. Carl Nicks, G, Saints. Age: 27.
      Signed with Buccaneers (5 years, $47.5 million)

      Carl Nicks is arguably the top guard in all of football. He has no weaknesses to his game; his blasts open huge holes for his running back, and he seldom allows a quarterback pressure. He was whistled for only two penalties all year.

    2. Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers, Chargers. Age: 29.
      Signed with Buccaneers (5 years, $55 million; $26 million guaranteed)

      Vincent Jackson amazingly has never caught more than 68 passes in a single season, but with his size (6-5, 230) and downfield ability, he's one of the top physical talents at the wide receiver position in the NFL.

    3. Amobi Okoye, DT, Bears. Age: 25.
      Signed with Buccaneers (1 year, $2 million)

      After being discarded by the Texans, Amobi Okoye found a home with the Bears as a rotational defensive tackle who can pressure the quarterback.

    4. Dallas Clark, TE, Colts. Age: 33.
      Signed with Buccaneers (1 year)

      Dallas Clark looked awful without Peyton Manning last year. He struggled with injuries and drops, as it gave credence to those who believed that he was just part of Indianapolis' system. Clark should sign with whichever team is lucky enough to land Manning (Update: It's pretty telling that the Broncos didn't even want Clark, opting for Jacob Tamme instead).

    5. Wallace Gilberry, DE, Chiefs. Age: 27. -- Signed with Buccaneers
    6. Eric Wright, CB, Lions. Age: 27. -- Signed with Buccaneers (5 years, $37.5 million) WTF!?
    7. Gary Gibson, DT, Rams. Age: 30. -- Signed with Buccaneers (2 years, $2 million)
    8. Jayme Mitchell, DE, Browns. Age: 28. -- Signed with Buccaneers
    9. Dan Orlovsky, QB, Colts. Age: 29. -- Signed with Buccaneers (2 years)



    Tampa Bay Buccaneers Free Agents:

    Salary Cap: TBA.
    1. Connor Barth, K, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
      Franchised by Buccaneers

      One of the league's top kickers, Connor Barth drilled 26-of-28 tries last year, including 13-of-14 from 40-49 and 2-of-3 from 50-plus.

    2. Michael Bennett (RFA), DE, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
      Re-signed with Buccaneers (1 year)

      Stout against the run and effective as a pass-rusher, Michael Bennett is a really solid left defensive end.

    3. Albert Haynesworth, DT, Buccaneers. Age: 31.
      There's a misconception that Albert Haynesworth played poorly for the Buccaneers last season. He didn't; he was decent at times, but wasn't worth the $7.2 million price tag - or the headaches that come with his lack of effort. He's still immensely talented, however, and he could be motivated for a new contract. He's definitely worth the risk for a 1-year "prove it" deal.

    4. Josh Johnson, QB, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
      Signed with 49ers (2 years)

      Josh Johnson has some nice skills and the upside to potentially make some team believe that it can groom him into a starting quarterback.

    5. Jeremy Zuttah, G/C, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
      Re-signed with Buccaneers

      Jeremy Zuttah is a decent lineman who can play multiple positions. The Buccaneers had far worse starters on their roster.

    6. Tanard Jackson, S, Buccaneers. Age: 27.
      Signed with Redskins

      Tanard Jackson was considered to be one of the NFL's top up-and-coming safeties prior to his season-long suspension in 2010. He returned to the lineup last year, but really struggled. He's still young and talented, so maybe he can revert to 2009 form with good coaching.

    7. Jeff Faine, C, Buccaneers. Age: 31.
      Jeff Faine has battled way too many injuries over the years. He managed to play in 15 contests last season, but he looked like a shell of his former self. Perhaps he can get healthy and rebound, but no one should hold their breath.

    8. Earnest Graham, FB, Buccaneers. Age: 32.
      Earnest Graham was a really good fullback before he tore his Achilles in late October. That injury is really difficult to recover from.

    9. Geno Hayes, OLB, Buccaneers. Age: 25. -- Signed with Bears
    10. Sean Jones, SS, Buccaneers. Age: 30.
    11. Kregg Lumpkin, RB, Buccaneers. Age: 28. -- Signed with Seahawks
    12. Micheal Spurlock, KR, Buccaneers. Age: 29. -- Signed with Chargers
    13. Elbert Mack, CB, Buccaneers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Saints
    14. Corey Lynch, S, Buccaneers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chargers
    15. Ronde Barber, CB, Buccaneers. Age: 37. -- Re-signed with Buccaneers (1 year)
    16. Tim Crowder, DE, Buccaneers. Age: 27.
    17. James Lee, OT, Buccaneers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Redskins
    18. John McCargo, DT, Buccaneers. Age: 29. -- Signed with Bears


    2012 NFL Free Agent Rankings Coming Soon



    Divisional Rival History:
    Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan is 6-2 against the Buccaneers. There's no need to explain that record.
    Carolina Panthers: After losing 11 of 14 meetings to Carolina, the Buccaneers swept the Panthers in 2010. Things were back to normal in 2011.
    New Orleans Saints: A road-dominated series. The visitor won 12 of the past 18 meetings prior to 2011.



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    2012 NFL Offseason Pages


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    2015 NBA Mock Draft - July 1


    2015 NFL Mock Draft - June 10


    NFL Free Agents


    NFL Picks - Feb. 2



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