Loving The Bucs’ Offseason

March 25th, 2024

Thumbs up for Jason Licht.

While folks throughout our republic seem to think damaged goods quarterback Kirk Cousins will return the Dixie Chicks to the postseason, a prominent member of #NFLMedia believes the Bucs may still be the kings of the NFC South.

Popular sports radio and television personality Adam Schein, typing for NFL.com, listed his nine best NFL transactions NFL teams this offseason.

Among those Schein pointed out are how Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht was able to keep all his valued free agents.

Buccaneers run it back

I had Lavonte David on my SiriusXM radio show before the start of free agency, and the longtime Bucs star laid it out to me.

Per the linebacker:

* Mike Evans needed to remain in Tampa, as the veteran wideout’s still playing like a star (and future Hall of Famer).

* The Buccaneers couldn’t mess around with quarterback Baker Mayfield, whose strong leadership and play energized the entire building throughout last year’s playoff campaign.

* Antoine Winfield Jr. could NOT hit the open market, as one of the best safeties in the game at age 25.

*And as for David himself? The Bucs stalwart deeply desired to stay in Tampa, loving the city, the team and the idea of playing for one franchise during his entire career.

And Licht pulled off each and every one of these moves.

Is this the end of Licht’s offseason moves? Of course not. And it shouldn’t be.

Some positions will be addressed in the draft, no question. For Joe, there is still a gaping hole on the roster and no sober person could argue the Bucs are better at this point in the calendar year than they were when the Bucs walked out of Ford Field in January.

All together now… edge rusher!

16 Responses to “Loving The Bucs’ Offseason”

  1. BucU Says:

    I’m happy with the offseason so far. Things are falling into place.

  2. A Bucs Fan Says:

    I’d prefer the Bucs to trade for an established edge rusher. The Bucs track record on drafting one is horrible.

    Over the past 30 years not a single EDGE rusher drafted in the first two rounds by Tampa Bay has eclipsed 25 total sacks with the club. The closest was Marcus Jones who had one productive year in 2000 and ended with 24 sacks in six years with the team.

    That’s it.

  3. Boss Says:

    Licht and bowls do not seem to think edge is a priority. At all!

  4. TomBucsFan Says:

    Go Bucs

  5. Lt. Dan Says:

    “All together now… edge rusher!” Agreed Joe but…will the Bucs be able to get dominant one picking at 26? Doubtful. Is there one worth moving up for and losing valuable draft capital? Doubtful. What’s the answer? – idk. In JL we trust.

  6. SlyPirate Says:

    Hassan hasn’t been signed by anyone yet. That should tell you the ask is too high. If the Bucs nab Verse or Chop in the draft, the asking price for Hassan goes down. Relax.

  7. Capt. Tim Says:

    The need for an edge rusher is the closest to 100% agreement Ive seen on JoeBuc!
    Finally, all in agreement!

    (Cue the dancing trolls)

  8. BPBucsfan Says:

    Edge rusher? We don’t need no stinkin edge rusher! Just a little sarcasm to start the day. No urgency at all. But, maybe there’s a master plan going on that we’re not aware of. 🤔

  9. Hodad Says:

    Who needs an edge rusher if you can just out score your opponent? Whatever edge you draft at #26 will be lucky to get 5 sacks his first season. That don’t win ball games, scoring points does. It’s an offensive league. Bucs would be better served taking a receiver with their first pick then an edge rusher. The draft is loaded at receiver while there isn’t much talent in the edge department.

  10. UKBuccaneer Says:

    Trenches on both sides of the ball. Draft some big uglies and watch this team win.

  11. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Khalil Mack had 17 sacks for a team that won 5 games last year. Just saying. He’s older, but still good (see David, Lavonte). He’s expensive, but the Bucs have salary cap wizards.

  12. Toad Bowels Says:

    How much to sign Mack.?

  13. D Cone Says:

    JPP and Barrett cost the Bucs about 30 million in 2020 while Wirfs and Winfield cost a total of 5 Million.

    This season Wirfs and Winfield will make about 35 million. Don’t know if there is going to be a lot to spend on a Hired Gun.

    Doubt the Bucs are going to spend a ton at the Edge this season. Bowles will get more out of what He’s got or just rely more on the Blitz to get pressure and hope his Back End will hold up like it did so effortlessly in 2023.

    After all didn’t the Bucs walk away with the Division and were two plays from a Conference Championship Game?

  14. Shane Callahan Says:

    It strikes me as very strange how so many non-NFL critics think they know more about Baker than Licht, Bowles, Evans, Wirf, White, Godwin, David, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, lol.

  15. Esteban85 Says:

    Maybe not any better but not any worse.
    Back to beefing up the lines. All together now Jackson Powers Johnson!

  16. Rick culler Says:

    I just want to know why in the world are we concerned with an edge rusher over a running back, our offense can’t win us a game when we have no run game and the only way to score points is thru the air… if they can shut down our run game in which every team did that easily, then we have only 1 option and that is to go to the air and while we have good recievers and quarterbacks. We need a solid run game.