MJW's thread inspired me to stop being lazy and do my own. I copied her format and changed the order a slight bit.
The projected 2017 salary cap is going to be around $165m, plus we have $5.3m in cap rollover from last season making the Bucs 2017 cap at around $170m. Sites like OTC and Spotrac have slightly differing data, but it looks like the Bucs currently have around $65-$70m in cap space this offseason
(before any cuts are made). Part One: Dealing With Our Own GuysTendered RFAs
Jack Smith, Andrew DePaola, Josh Huff, and Ryan Griffin. - I'd tender Jaq Smith and Ryan Griffen for sure. DePaola suffered an bad injury late last season so there no guarantee he'll be healthy in time. Maybe a late rd tender on Huff, but he's a league minimum guy either way. Franchise Tag
Alterraun Verner - Save $6.5m in cap space w/ no dead money. Verner simply doesn't play enough to warrant his salary. With Ryan Smith moving back to CB and the potential to add another CB in FA or the draft I think it's best to cut ties.
Evan Smith - Save $4.5m in cap space w/ no dead money. Time to get better and younger. Smith isn't even a starter and with the Beneoch and Pamphile we have replacements already on the roster before FA or the draft.
George Johnson - Save 2.5m, no dead cap. **** that guy
Current cap space - $77.5-$82.5mWe Should Re-Sign:
Agree w/ MJW for the most part on the list, but I'd let Hawley walk. Here is my list in order of priority;
1) William Gholston - Turns 26 this summer and has got better every year since being a day 3 pick 4 years ago. 5yrs - $7.5m per year
2) Bradley McDougland - Another guy that has developed here and I'd like to keep in the mix at Safety. Imo you need 3 starting caliber Safeties in todays NFL since there is always an injury to that position. 4yrs - $4m per year
3) Akeem Spence - Another guy I'd let test the market first. He's a depth guy at DT, but is a fire hydrant type of player I'd like to keep around. 3yr - $3m per year
4) Russell Shepard - He's a pro-bowl caliber ST player that can play WR in a pinch. Also well respected in the lockeroom. He'll be cheap. 3yrs - $1.5m per year
5) Quizz Rodgers - I'd actually let him test the market, he's JAG but fits nicely here. He's cheap either way. 2yrs - $2m per season
6) Josh Robinson - underrated ST gunner last season. Get him and Shepard back as the full time gunners and core ST players. Cheap. 2ys - $1.5m per year
Roughly $20m in cap to re-sign our own FA bring our cap space down to around $57.5m-$62.5m entering Free Agency and the Draft
Let everyone else go. The list includes; Glennon, Conte, Myers, Daryl Smith, Cherilus, Hawley, VJaxExtension:
Mike Evans makes alot of sense given our cap space and the fat he'll only get more expensive the longer we wait. Evans is due $4.7m in 2017 and since he was a 1st rd pick we can retain him for a 5th yr at around $12m in 2018. A contract extension would be around 5yr @ $14.5m APY. So re-signing him and frontloading his new deal would substantially raise his 2017 cap charge. Updated cap space - $42.5-$47.5mPart Two: Unrestricted Free Agent Targets
I'm focusing on five specific position here, DT, WR, Safety, TE, and SLBDefensive Tackle
Brandon Williams, Baltimore Ravens - 5yr, $55m
I was high on Dontari Poe but his injury history and inconsitancy has scared me away. Williams has been a stud for the Ravens run defense the past 3 seasons and exactly the type of 330lb+ DT we need to occupy double teams or dominate single blocks next to McCoy. Williams would upgrade the run defense immensely and compliment McCoy perfectly. $11m per year is alot for a 2-down player, but worth the investment to help this defense take the next step. Wide Receiver
Desean Jackson, Washington Redskins - 3yrs, $30m
A burner at 30yrs old that has proven himself as a starting WR in this league. Coach Koetter has talked extensivly about 'explosive plays' and how we lacked in that area last season. Jackson is another great compliment to what we already have in Evans. Safety
Tony Jefferson, Arizona Cardinals - 4 Years, $28m
Stud player and phenomenal athlete that was overshadowed in the Cards secondary that featured P2 and Matheui. Jefferson next to Tandy or McDougald, with perhaps a Safety in the draft would upgrade the top 4 at the position significantly over last season. Tight End
Dion Sims, Miami Dolphins, 4yr, $16mSLB
Sean Weatherspoon, Atlanta Falcons - 2rys - $5m
This would be an inexpensive vet, Weatherspoon has an injury history, but played under Mike Smith in his first stint in Atlanta. Updated cap space - $8.5-$13.5mPART THREE: THE DRAFT
Here's a Buccaneers Mock based on the moves discussed above:
1) OT Cam Robinson, Alabama, 6'6" 320lbs - Big, strong, athletic OT who was a former 5* recruit and started at Alabama at LT as a true Freshman. A bit sloppy at times in his technique which I believe is due to him relying on his physical talent too much. He can be our 6th O-linemen/extra TE Dirk likes to use in his rookie season, or even potentially play Guard similar to what the Dolphins did w/ Tunsil last season. Either way he'll replace Dotson in 2018 at RT or become the LT and kick Donovan Smith over to RT.
2) EDGE Carl Lawson, Auburn, 6'2" 260lbs - This guy is being undervalued imho based on various big boards and is available in rd 2 on most mocks I see currently. I don't think he'll be there for us, but if so it's a no-brainer. Lawson has a rock solid build, can bend the edge, and is an explosive athlete for a 260lbs guy. He and Noah Spence coming of the edge w/ McCoy and Ayers would go along way to help close out games in the 4th quarter
3) CB Tre'Davious White, LSU, 5'11" 191lbs - A quick twitch CB that will excel at mirroring WRs in man coverage (ala Grimes). White is not nearly as physical in run support as VH3, but has the athleticism to shadow WRs for extended periods and can compete w/ JudeAB for slot CB reps until taking over for Grimes in 2018.
4) FS Eddie Jackson, Alabama, 6' 194lbs - Rangy Safety built to play more in the back-end as a Centerfield/Single-high type. Not a tone setter in the run game and played behind the best front 7 in college football in college so will be tested much more in the NFL. Has some experience returning kicks also. Would come in and battle for the 4th Safety spot on the 53.
5) OT Julian Davenport, Bucknell, 6'7" 310lbs - GM Jason Licht has made a habit of drafting small school developmental O-linemen in the 5th round. Davenport fits the profile as a former basketball player with ideal size and athleticism to be the future swing Tackle backing up Donovan Smith and Cam Robinson. In 2017 we'll keep him on the 53 man roster to protect him from getting poached since we'll ride w/ Dotson 1 more year.
6) RB Joe Mixon, Oklahoma, 6'1 225lbs - Mixon would be top 40 pick if not for his off-field concerns. There is the obvious incident from 2014 where he punched a woman after getting slapped, but rumors are there may be more than just that regarding his character. I trust Licht and the FO to make there own evaluation if him and go from there. He will almost certainly be there on day 3 and as a football player he has All-pro ability as a do-it-all type if RB. Considering Licht hasn't had a 6th or 7th round pick make the roster to this point I don't see much risk rolling the dice w/ a boom or bust prospect like Mixon.
7) WR/KR/PR - Speedy Noil, TAMU, 5'10" 190lbs - Gadget player that can make you miss in a phone booth. Will have to cut his teeth as a return guy while finding a role on offensePART FOUR: Examining The Final Roster
Quarterbacks (2) Jameis Winston,Ryan Griffin
We've carried Griffin as a 3rd QB on the 53 for two years so he can be out back-up. Not carrying 3 QBs on the active roster this season.
Running Backs (5) Doug Martin, Joe Mixon, Quizz Rodgers, Charles Sims, Alan Cross (FB/TE)
Looks good on paper to me, but Martin and Mixon are wild cards for different reasons and Sims is nothing more than a 3rd down back. Unless Martin returns to his 1400yd/season form this will be his final season in Tampa (his time may already be up tbh)
Wide Receivers (5) Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, Adam Humphries, Russell Sheppard, Speedy Noil (KR)
I'd like to add a cheap vet to this group, but Evans-Jackson-Humphries are the guys getting all the targets. We don't run much 4WR sets, or atleast have not to this point w/ Dirk.
Tight End (4) Cam Brate, Dion Sims, Luke Stocker, Tevin Westbrook
The draft class was loaded at TE but we missed out
. I would've loved OJ Howard but he was gone and the board just didn't fall right for TE.
Offensive Linemen (9) Donovan Smith (LT), Kevin Pamphile (LG), Ali Marpet ( C), JR Sweezy (RG), Demar Dotson (RT), Cam Robinson (T), Julie'n Davenport (T), Caleb Benenoch (G/T), Ben Gottchalk, C/G)
Marpet moves inside to Center, Sweezy plays the RG position he played his first 4 years in the NFL, and Pamphile battles 1st round pick Cam Robinson for the starting LG spot (where Pamphile played last season) with the loser being the 6th O-linemen in 'heavy' formations. Benenoch will be the 7th and final O-linemen to dress on gameday while Davenport develops and Gottschalk is there for injury.
Defensive Line (10) Robert Ayers (RE/DT), Gerald McCoy (DT), Brandon Williams (DT), William Gholston (LE/DT), Noah Spence (RE) Jack Smith (LE) Clinton McDonald (DT), Akeem Spence (DT), Carl Lawson (DE), Howard Jones (DE)
Best position group on the team imo. Versatile group that can play any situation with a lot of depth to keep guys fresh.
Linebacker (5) Lavonte David (WLB), Kwon Alexander (MLB), Sean Weatherspoon (SLB), Devante Bond (LB), Adarius Glanton (LB)
Kwon & LVD are the guys here that will be on the field every play. Hopefully Weatherspoon can stay healthy in his limited role if he can beat out 2nd yr LB Bond.... Devonte Bond
. Glanton is core STer.
Cornerback (6) Brent Grimes, Vernon Hargreaves III, Tre'davious White, Ryan Smith, Josh Robinson, Jude Adjei-Barimah,
Grimes and VH3 return as the starting CBs, rookie Tre' White will battle with Jude for nickel reps while Ryan Smith returns to CB as a back up on the outside.
Keith Tandy (S), Tony Jefferson (SS), Bradley McDougland (S), Eddie Jackson (FS)
Adding Jefferson to mix gives us a tone setter in the back end to pair with McDougald. Tandy is quality reserve that can fill in at either spot if injury occurs.
Specialists (3) Roberto Aguayo (K), Bryan Anger (P), Andrew DePaolo (or whoever) (LS)
No surprises. Aguayo beats out Gould for the spot.
THE FINAL ROSTER AND STARTING LINEUP (Starters Bolded)QB Jameis Winston
QB Ryan Griffin (UFA)RB Doug Martin
RB Joe Mixon
RB Jaquizz Rodgers (Re-Signed)
RB Charles Sims
FB/TE Alan CrossWR Mike Evans
WR Desean Jackson
WR Adam Humphries
WR Russell Sheppard
WR/KR/PR Speedy Noil TE Cameron Brate
TE Dion Sims
TE Luke Stocker
TE Tevin Westbrook LT Donovan Smith
LG Kevin Pamphile
C Ali Marpet
RG J.R. Sweezy
RT Demar Doston
T/G Cam Robinson
T/G Caleb Benenoch
OT Julie'n Davenport
C/G Ben GoddschalkRE Robert Ayers
DT Gerald McCoy
DT Brandon Williams
LE William Gholston
DE Noah Spence
DE Jack Smith
DE Carl Lawson
DE Howard Jones
DT Clinton McDonald
DT Akeem SpenceWLB Lavonte David
MLB Kwon Alexander
SLB Sean Weatherspoon
LB Devante Bond
LB Adarious Glanton CB Brent Grimes
CB Vernon Hargreaves III
CB Tre'davious White
FS Bradley McDougald
SS Tony Jefferson
CB Josh Robinson
CB Jude Adjei-Barimah
CB Ryan Smith
S Keith Tandy
FS Eddie Jackson
K Roberto Aguayo
P Bryan Anger
LS Andrew DePaolo
If you disagree with anything