This will be an off-season of change for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Expect no less than 50 percent of the roster turnover before the start of the 2023 season.
Everything will be on hold until Tom Brady decides he is coming back for another season, retires, or decides to sign with another team.
There are financial implications for whatever Brady decides, some more serious than others.
Besides Tom Brady and his cap hit, the Buccaneers must also decide on running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette has regressed since that 2020 SuperBowl season and will count 8.5 million against the cap should the Bucs bring him back.
Kareem Hunt, Jamaal Williams, Donta Foreman, and Miles Sanders could all sign for the same amount or less than Fournette made this past season.
The production would be better as well.
Tampa Bay Buccaneer Free Agents
The Buccaneers have 23 players on the roster that will be free agents, and the team will need to decide who they are bringing back and who will help this team moving forward.
Here is a list of the Buccaneer free agents on offense. Tom Brady, Blaine Gabbert, Julio Jones, Scotty Miller, Breshad Perriman, Gio Bernard, Kyle Rudolph, Aaron Stinnie, and Josh Wells,
On the defensive side of the ball, Lavonte David, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Mike Edwards, William Gohlston, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Deadrin Senat, Carl Nassib, Anthony Nelson, Akeim Hicks, Patrick O’Connor, and Genard Avery.
Buccaneers Expected To Be Dropped From The Roster
The Buccaneers are also expected to cut ties with receivers Julio Jones, Scotty Miller, and Breshad Perriman. This will also free up north of ten million dollars.
Jones was a huge disappointment and struggled through another injury-plagued season, playing in just ten games. Likewise, Miller has been hampered by injuries throughout his time in Tampa and has never been able to duplicate his success during the 2020 season.
Gio Bernard has been a disappointment during his Tampa and was nowhere near the player he was for the Bengals. Again, another player that struggled to stay healthy during the 2022 season.
Kyle Rudolph will not be resigned. After Rob Gronkowski at tight end the last two seasons, there was a considerable drop off in production at that position this season. Again, injuries took a toll, as Cameron Brate missed time due to a concussion, and the rookie tights ends were sometimes less than adequate.
The Buccaneers may also be looking for another kicker. Todd Bowles said on his radio show after the season that the team needs to find someone who can consistently make a field goal from 50-55 yards.
That seemed out of Succop’s range this season, as he was just 2/7 on kicks over 50 yards.
In addition to a ton of roster turnover, a new offensive coordinator, and a new offensive system, it will be a season of transition for the Bucs in 2023.
One candidate for the OC position is now off the market. The New England Patriots hired Bill O’Brien as their new OC in 2023, replacing Matt Patricia.
Buccaneers Potential OC Candidates
The Bucs have reached out to three potential candidates and will interview them in the next few days.
Jim Bob Cooter, the passing coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars who helped the Jaguars to the overall number ten passing attack in the NFL, is one candidate. He will interview on Thursday.
Former Buccaneer wide receiver Keenan McCardell, the Minnesota Vikings wide receivers coach, will also interview on Thursday.
The Bucs have also asked permission to talk with Denver Broncos passing coordinator Klint Kubiak.
The Broncos were about as inept on offense for an NFL team this season as I have seen in quite some time. The Broncos had the 18th-best passing attack in the NFL but were last in scoring at 16.9 points per game.