Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune was able to discuss some of Buccaneers plans for free agency with head coach Raheem Morris. While Tampa Bay hasn’t looked to the free agent market for many solutions in the past few years, Morris mentioned that there’s a chance that they could change up their strategy a bit this year.
“We wanted to accumulate talent throughout the draft and it was no different in 2002 and 2001, when our ownership went out and got a Simeon Rice, a Brad Johnson or a Keenan McCardell in order to push that team over the top and help the draft classes of Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, John Lynch and Ronde Barber,” Morris said. “We may be nearing that plateau. As soon as the free agency season is able to be open, some of those discussions will be more realistic.”
Tampa Bay figures to look for upgrades at the defensive end position which could leave players like Mathias Kiwanuka, Charles Johnson, Andre Carter, Jason Babin and Ray Edwards as some possible options. Several draft experts have the Buc’s taking a defensive end in the upcoming draft which may turn their attention to either linebacker or running back.