This is the time of the year when we go numerically through all the players who appeared for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the past season, look at their performance, profile them and perhaps add comments on their prospective future with the franchise.80 OJ HOWARD Games 14 Starts 14Had an excellent rookie season leading the team with six touchdowns before his season was ended prematurely through injury. Was the Bucs' top pick in the 2017 draft, the first time the franchise had ever used its first round selection on a tight end. Named a first-team All-American his senior year with Alabama and made 37 starts in his four seasons with the Crimson Tide. Click here for his full profile and picture gallery page
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MARCH 24th/25thC Don Bailey is the only former Buccaneer with a birthday on March 24th and he will turn 57. He was briefly on the roster in 1983 but saw no actual game action. There are three birthdays on Sunday to celebrate as I return across the Atlantic from Tampa starting with S David Greenwood who will be 58. He played the entire 1985 season following straight on from a USFL season earlier that year, a true iron-man. DT Al Woods (31) played nine games as a back-up in 2010 and LB Niko Koutouvides (37) played both the 2009 and 2010 seasons on special teams.
FREE AGENTS ARRIVE BUT STILL FANS ARE NOT HAPPYThe last few days have seen five new Buccaneers sign contracts at One Buc Place and become part of the future of the franchise. And naturally the opinions about them are mixed. Ryan Jensen is the upgrade we needed at center which also benefits the guard position with Ali Marpet returning to his natural position. Beau Allen and Vinny Curry arrive with Super Bowl rings to bolster the defensive line along with Chicago DE Mitch Unrein and K Chandler Catanzaro was also added. I have written before that free agency comes with the warning of buyer beware. Two years ago, the arrival of Robert Ayers was seen in the same light of improving the Buccaneer pass rush. The same people who criticise the front office for allegedly not signing key players or spending big money are the same ones who now criticise the signings of Michael Johnson, Anthony Collins and the like. Hindsight vision is 20-20 remember.There are going to be people out there on social media who are saving comments along the lines of “I think Jensen will be a bust” and “Allen and Curry are just here for the money” so they can come back in 2020 to write “told you so” and gain some imaginary bonus points at the expense of their team being successful.I would like to throw one example out there. When the Bucs announced the signing of Allen, most fans went “who?” and looked up his details on NFL.com (there isn’t an Eaglepower.com of course). And that is the full extent of their knowledge of his skills and abilities with perhaps a few second sprinkling from WDAE620 who have read the same. Then you have what goes on at One Buc Place. At least three scouts and members of the Pro Personnel Department will have watched every one of his snaps over the last three years, worked out his assignements on each play and graded his performance. Then cross-referenced with the coaching staff about schemes and intentions to see if he would fit in the Buccaneer plans for 2018. Only at that point would an approach be made to his agent and discussions begun about contract numbers.That is why I will trust an NFL front office over any local media outlet and social media postings every single time. The moves may not pay out in time but the decisions behind them are sound.