Tampa Bay Buccaneers reload in offseason
The Bucs have been surprisingly active this offseason overhauling a roster that no longer features Tom Brady.
Why it matters: Tampa Bay needs to reload to compete in the NFC South.
Reality check: They don't have much salary cap flexibility due to Brady's massive contract still on the books.
Let's catch up on how free agency has shaped up:
Quarterback: Bucs GM Jason Licht believes Baker Mayfield is the short-term future.
- Mayfield bombed out with Carolina last year. After he was released mid-season, he was picked up by the quarterback-needy Rams.
- Mayfield signed a one-year deal so he'll have a year to compete with last year's backup Kyle Trask.
- Also, Jamel Dean is returning at cornerback on a four-year deal.
- Guard Aaron Stinnie and linebacker Anthony Nelson also return.
Defense: Over the weekend, the Bucs agreed to a one-year deal to pick up former Rams defensive tackle Greg Gaines, a source told ESPN.
What's next: Will Licht make a move to bring in former Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott? The Bucs' current running backs coach Skip Peete coached Elliott in Dallas.
- Yes, but: The Bucs still need to cut salary, so bringing in a star like Elliott may not be in the cards.
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