Free Agency Set Up DraftMarch 22nd, 2014
In case you haven’t realized it yet, the NFL is a year-round business. Shoot, Joe gets as much traffic for the first days of free agency as he gets in the waning weeks of the regular season.
The NFL nearly has something going on each month, including June when the last OTA is held about six weeks before the start of training camp. Soon the Bucs will release their exact OTA/mini-camp schedules.
Now that free agency is winding down, and with the owners meeting in a few days, the next item on the docket will be an OTA/mini-camp. After that, it will be full-blown draft chatter..
In this Buccaneers.com video, Bucs coach Lovie Smith talked about how the Bucs planned and executed their free agency plans. An interesting thing Lovie mentioned was that the free agents acquired set up their draft plans perfectly.
“Our staffed looked to see what we had and what spots to fill and we did that. The staff did a good job. We have a good product to sell. [Free agent signees] liked what they saw.
“Any time you go through free agency, you will lose some players, and we did. … Everything starts with the quarterback and [the one that] is a great fit for us is Josh McCown. That got us started a little bit.
“When you bring in veteran players you shouldn’t be looking for backups.”
You may watch the full video of Lovie’s interview by clicking the link above.
An interesting thing that Lovie said about the free agents the Bucs signed was how it set up the near future. The Bucs plugged so many holes that it allows the team, Lovie said, to be “flexible” when the draft rolls around in early May.