Bucs No Longer Interesting In Free Agency?

March 12th, 2023

Rough position.

When you have a boatload of salary cap room and are a decent or better team, free agency becomes very intriguing.

When you are raking your fingers between couch pillows looking for dimes and nickels, then you don’t have cash for free agents. And when you lose the best quarterback in history and claim his heir apparent will “compete” for a job, well, that won’t get many folks on the edge of their seats waiting for your next move. Rather, fans will dread the next “move,” a player leaving.

That’s where the Bucs find themselves just hours from when free agency kicks off Monday at noon. Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports listed all 32 teams ranked by free agency intrigue. The Bucs are near the bottom at No. 25.

Instead of adding players to win games, the Bucs are likely to lose players to stay under the salary cap.

Different times now. Different goals.

49 Responses to “Bucs No Longer Interesting In Free Agency?”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Bucs look like a 2 win team in 2023. Wonder if Jason can ruin another #1 Draft Pick! You bet your sweet Aspercreme he can!

  2. DungyDance Says:

    2020 Super Bowl rings still look intriguing. Worth it.

  3. Reality_Check Says:

    The Bucs are no longer interesting for free agents because they’ve decided to tell the world the believe the incapable Kyle Trask is good enough to be their starter. Nobody is coming here to play with that level of ineptitude at the QB position

  4. Hodad Says:

    You would think we’d have one surprise in store for us along the way. Some player getting traded, or cut we didn’t see coming maybe. For Buc fans there should be a lot of interest. Two veteran QBs have to come from somewhere no matter who they are. I still think there’s a good chance we resign Gabbert. This will not be a boring offseason.

  5. Marine Buc Says:

    If the Bucs are able to sign LVD and SMB I will be pleasantly surprised…

    Most of the free agents we sign will be cheap dime store additions that will cost under $2M per season.

    Look for Mike Evans and Devin White to be extended soon (or maybe traded).

    Gage, Mason and Succop are also options to – trade, cut or restructure.

  6. Oneilbuc Says:

    Lol 🤣🤣🤣 Check what gives you the indication that Trask can’t play?? I’m so glad that Todd Bowles and Jason Licht said that it was never a competition between Trask and Gabbert. And the reason why I’m saying this is because I know that’s been the on going narrative on this site. I’m sure a lot of people though Purdy wasn’t going to be good either. Why don’t yall just wait and see if he’s good or not?? If the bucs tank we are going to lose the next 10 years this is why the fans suck on this site. Most of you on here has a losing mind set on this site. Name one time when the bucs tank we didn’t lose the next 5 or 10 years?? Plus I told y’all Brady didn’t change the culture of the Bucs!!

  7. Gofortheface30 Says:

    No. And the whole idea that Brady was supposed to lay a winning foundation/culture long after he left – bullshi. We had our giggles and laughs and boat parade in 2020. It was great, but we can’t be in 2026 and throw out “yeah but we caught lightening in a bottle for a yrs of relevance with a 42 yr old quarterback.” The Panthers understand that the key to being relevant year in and year out is by moving up to draft a franchise quarterback. They know that receivers are fungible assets. Now, more than anytime during league history is it more important to have that guy. Whether it’s Jalen hurts, Trevor Lawrence, Herbert, Tua, Mahomes, Allen etc. You will be off the radar, irrelevant, forgotten absent a marquee player at that position. Exception to the norm like the 49ers does not strengthen an argument to the contrary because we do not have their brilliant system or their top/down talent and toughness. The eagles – after they won their superbowl, did it RIGHT. They forecasted properly. The Bucs got drunk and EMOTIONAL, by resigning everyone.

  8. Usedtocould Says:

    A plus photo selection. It’s really looking like we are coming back to the days of Joe entertaining me more than the bucs😐

  9. Marine Buc Says:

    I’m curious to see what happens with Shaq Barrett.

    Coming off what is a career ending injury for most players and making $21M…

    Perhaps they are able to reach an injury settlement with him or something.

  10. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Marine – I hope so. I love Shaq, but he was already super fringe athletically to begin with and an over achiever. An inspiring, productive over achiever for a few yrs to be sure but he’s small, not very strong or fast, 30 and coming off Achilles making 21. On top of that, our anchor in the middle and best player on the line plays MAYBE 50% of the time. JTS is unproductive and weak, and who’s gnna line up next to vita? Will gholston is older and lost a step. We have major, MAJOR issues on the defensive line and edge. I’m not interest in resigned LVD, because the Bucs need to get much bigger, they need to get younger and they need to get tougher and faster. I kinda hate the very construct of this team in its present state

  11. NEfan Says:

    It’s amazing how a team can go from winning a SB almost going to another. (Thanks Blows). Now revert back to the comfort of cellar dwelling in the NFL. This goes to prove when you hire repeat offender born loser coach, you get what you pay for. NO elite player will come to Tampa to play for Blows unless they’re paid through the nose. Licht should.have done his due diligence and JOB. He took the least path of resistance listen to BA and sank this team. Oneilsuckyall, enough with the Brady shat, he brought you a SB and almost another, grow up.

  12. TampaBayBucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Bucs offer a place to work with no state taxes and best weather , always two big draws there. Bucs WILL WIN this division again-mark the tape.

  13. BUCman Says:

    Reality_Check…. I think you are the one needing a reality check. I guess throwing for 4125 yards, 43 touchdowns, 5 INT, and being a Heisman finalist while playing in the toughest conference in college football is not good enough for you. I guess throwing for 408 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 INT, and scoring 46 points in the SEC championship game against Alabama is not good enough for you. If you take the time to go back and look at his game film you will see a QB that throws the ball accurately and on-time. His ball placement is superb. He has great size, moves well in the pocket, and is unafraid to take a hit. And if that’s not enough then all you hear about from coaches and players is how great his work ethic is. If your standards consider all of that as incapable then I feel sorry for your wife. Of course with standards that high you probably don’t have one.

  14. Danno Says:

    Dave Canales is bringing a supposedly QB friendly system to Tampa. Let’s see what Trask has to offer in that system before claiming he’s an outright bust. Until then, it’s all speculation.

  15. #99 the Big fella Says:

    NEfan, give it a rest dude.It’s the same shat from you bashing Bowles and bucs..
    We get it you don’t like bowels.. Tom isn’t here anymore, why be a troll? Your post a while ago suggested that you’re not one so why continue with the bashing?

  16. Brandon Jeff Says:

    Thank You BUCman! Spot on!

  17. stpetebucfan Says:

    exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

    Guys I get that this is a SPORTS blog and sports discussions are generally prone to hyperbole. But must we get carried away? Can we not make some valid points instead of spewing pent up frustrations.

    “Bucs look like a 2 win team in 2023.”

    Well Vegas would beg to disagree. They see the Bucs repeating last year and going 8-9 in a weak division.

    I’m more optimistic than 8-9. But I’m not going to go off the rails with hyperbole and say the Bucs will go 12-5 because that would fit the definition of “hyperbole”. I do believe the Bucs have a great shot at 10 wins however.

    As for looking like a 2 win team, that poster can go to Vegas and load up on that bet all day long and bet against the actual handicappers.

  18. NEfan Says:

    #99, just pointing out Blows isn’t a draw for FA’s, that’s all. I think I saw BL at an intersection in Clearwater with a cardboard sign. He didn’t seem to be making any $. I assume his sign was to read, “Will Work for Food!” Unfortunately he had a spelling error, it read, “Will Twirk for Food!”

  19. douglas dallier Says:

    Bucs may be planning on getting one QB in the draft and bringing back Gabbert. Todd will not be blamed for our three wins and and will remain as the coach.THIS IS MY NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!!!

  20. Mike C Says:

    Can the same 5 trolls please go get a life?! You don’t know if Trask is or isn’t capable. You repeat the same negative takes EVERY day(boring). Are the Rams in a good place right now? Please just stfu until we know more about what this kid can do.

  21. Mike C Says:

    Yeah, “Bucs look like a two win team”, ok so when they get to 4 wins you never post on this site again? And if they only win 2 I will never post again? Deal Jeff?

  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Can’t we all just get along?

  23. Mike C Says:

    Hard to get along with Trolls.

  24. bucnjim Says:

    Free agency is (usually) over priced system players that struggle once they hit the big payday. There are a handful of players that can play in any and every system but they are few and far between.

    Lamar Jackson is a system QB that would struggle on just about every team except the Ravens and maybe the Steelers.

  25. Mike Johnson Says:

    Ruck up Buc Fans. 6-11 here we come at blazing speed.

  26. SB~LV Says:

    OBP =SVB

  27. Tucker Says:

    It isn’t bowles that are keeping premier free agents from coming to Tampa it is the fact that they can’t afford them if they had the money some would signed in Tampa. Fans are so wild with their hate go bucs.

  28. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Jeff

    “Bucs look like a 2 win team in 2023.”

    To quote the amazing Greta Thunbturd – How dare you!!!!

    The Bucs will win at least 3 games in 2023.

    You are way off pal…

  29. Elita Vita Says:

    Caleb…..welcome to Tampa Bay!

  30. sasquatch Says:

    We’re an opportunity destination since we’re looking for young, inexpensive guys who can come in and get significant playing time.

  31. SB~LV Says:

    Significant playing time on defense for a losing team.
    We know what kind of players that attracts.
    Going to be a depressing Wednesday evening when teams start celebrating their big names

  32. Bucsmarley Says:

    Reality check your a fair weather fan. Wish you would comment somewhere else. No one had seen Trask play with starters and your casting judgement. Go home. until you have something to back it up let me know. Btw I hate the gators but Trask was fantastic there. Look at the numbers

  33. optimisticbucfan Says:

    stpetebuc – I’ll take the under on 10 wins all day every day. How much?

  34. mark2001 Says:

    Come on Optimist. With a little luck, I can see this team winning 5 games. Atlanta, Houston, maybe Atlanta gain…. HELP ME OUT MAN…. I’m stuck on three. LOL.

  35. Voice of Truth Says:

    This is the kind of year where we know the only people we are signing come with question marks, clouds, and baggage

    The goal is to hit more than you miss and hope for the best

    5 wins max as it stands today and that is being kind

  36. Beej Says:

    I honestly can’t tell whether we go 6-11 or 11-6, too much up in the air, first and foremost being Trask

  37. BucsfanFred Says:

    Thanx to our division we still have a shot at the playoffs. I don’t think Carr will help the saints much. The Panthers will need time to break in the rookie they’ll be drafting and they’re giving up a kings ransom. Atlanta is Atlanta.
    If Kyle Trask is good we’ll be good. If not we get a high pick.

  38. mark2001 Says:

    Voice…it is being kind… I’m looking at Tennessee, Indy, the Saints once, Chicago? I’d be surprised if we do better than split those games. And we might not beat Atlanta twice. So five, at this point, looks like the voice of optimism.

  39. mark2001 Says:

    I think some of you totally underestimate Derrick Carr. Jameis made one probowl as an alternate, one time. And some are crying for us to sign him, Carr is a 4 time probowl player. Yeah, let’s hope his best days are behind him. But I sure wouldn’t count on it, or bet on it. NO is the favorite right now. Period. And if Carolina’s DB’s didn’t sheet the bed, we may not have won that game… with Brady. So time for a little reality check.

  40. sasquatch Says:

    Beej Says:
    March 12th, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    I honestly can’t tell whether we go 6-11 or 11-6, too much up in the air, first and foremost being Trask

    Well, I don’t think 11-6 is a real possibility.

    Think 9-8 if things go well. That would actually pretty decent seeing as we’re going to be playing a significant number of new players on defense, a new QB, and reshuffled O-line.

    This year should be measured by progress from week 1 to week 18, not the final record.

    Don’t shoot the messenger. Just being realistic.

  41. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Every day for the so called non Bucs fan careful he’s real sensitive

  42. Defense Rules Says:

    WC Fields laid down a great quote many years ago … ‘I’ve been rich, and I’ve been poor. I’d rather be rich’. I suspect that a lot of JBFers feel exactly the same way, but alas we is poor. Little church mouse poor.

    Bucs don’t have too many arrows left in the quiver to get far enough UNDER the salary CAP to make a real impact in free agency. We’re currently $3.9 mil OVER our adjusted 2023 salary CAP according to Spotrac.

    o Releasing Fournette & Brate, as well as Succop, would save us about $9.3 mil and put us $5.4 mil UNDER the salary CAP.
    o Releasing Shaq Mason would save another $5.6 mil, putting us $11 mil UNDER the salary CAP.
    o Offering Mike Evans a new contract (his ends at the end of this season) COULD have a bigger impact than all of those actions put together. We could easily ‘save’ $5-$15 mil by doing that. Just depends on how much we need to do what we need to do in free agency AND sign our draft class.

    The latter BTW doesn’t cost nearly as much as many think, because the majority goes to the Top-3 Rnds picks. All the rest make far less … and bump off someone from the Top-51 when they get signed (usually someone making the same or less than them).

  43. ScottyMack Says:

    Well, the Bucs couldn’t ask for a much easier schedule in 2023, so I’d be more inclined to think that they will be closer to 500 (perhaps on the short side) than a two win season.

    Falcons (2x)
    Panthers (2x)
    Saints (2x)

  44. ScottyMack Says:

    Oops, I forgot to add the Bills!

  45. Destinjohnny Says:

    If we only go with players that we draft…..
    Don’t expect to win many games.

  46. mark2001 Says:

    Scotty…so funny. Only a questionable call helped us beat the Falcons the first time, when they were really playing for something. NC? If not for the DB’s shatting the bed, they might have beaten us. NO with a four time pro bowl QB, to replace a never was and crab leg pilferer? Chicago might be better than us with their boatload of picks, and a couple FA’s. Detroit, Vikings, probably beat us. GB might be better if Love is the real deal. Indy and Tennessee…OK we probably win at least one. Houston? Yeah, we should win that one. But all the rest of the teams are probably better than us. I see more like 5 or fewer wins, instead of a “easy schedule”.

  47. steele Says:

    Bucs weren’t “interesting” in free agency last season. Borderline disastrous, more like it. The walking wounded (Gage, Hicks, Julio, Ryan), the wasted (Kyle Rudolph), the JAGs (Nassib), the disappointments (Neal, Ryan).

  48. Bucs since 76 Says:

    Wait until Vegas list their over under for the season. Then you have real sense where the Bucs stand as far as record for the season.

  49. NEfan Says:

    Don’t count out Houston, Jimmy G may end up there.