Like every other team in the NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are using the current offseason to try and rebuild their team. The 2017 NFL season was not a very good one for the Buccaneers. After having a very strong 2016 season that saw the team win more games than they lost, most people are expecting 2017 to be another great year. However, things did not go as planned and the Bucs won just five games while finishing in last place in the NFC South Division.
Now that the NFL season is over, the Buccaneers are looking for many different ways to revamp their roster for the future. This offseason, the team has already made several big moves that show the direction they are taking. One big move that the team made was the decision to release star running back Doug Martin. Martin had made a couple of Pro Bowl teams in his time in Tampa, but also struggled to stay on the field this past year. At the same time, the team looks like they are ready to commit to the team’s passing game when they signed Mike Evans, a wide receiver, to a long-term extension.
One of the biggest days of the offseason for the Buccaneers, and every other team in the NFL, will be the NFL draft. The draft is always one of the biggest events of the offseason as many people try to predict what every team will do. Since the Buccaneers have a pretty high overall draft pick, they are a big focus of many experts. While some teams have a clear direction of what they will do with their picks, the Bucs are not as easy to predict (https://thepewterplank.com/2018/03/21/tampa-bay-buccaneers-draft-strategy-still-question).
At this point, many people seem to think that the Bucs will try and improve their defense. The team already has to compete with three of the top quarterbacks in the league in their division so finding ways to slow down passing attacks is crucial. Because of this, many seem to think that they will go after a safety or corner back if one of the top players falls to their slot. Another option they are considering is finding a way to improve the offensive line by adding a tackle high in the draft.