Its not as if we were not warned. The Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik has made it clear, the Bucs are planning to build a winning program by building a solid foundation of players through the draft, the only proven way to build a nucleus of a consistent winner, at least by the standards of the last 15 years.
Clearly the Bucs have learned their lesson from overspending on a select few free agents that has taken over the league in recent years, only find the results less than inspiring.
Only a handful of teams were actually active yesterday, the Ravens are a club that is a player or two away from the Big dance, and thus could justify trading draft picks for a proven player now. The Bucs are not one or two players away, and are best served by dipping into one of the deepest drafts in over two decades, and they are loaded with premium picks. Three of the top 50 and 5 of the top 100 players will be on the Bucs for the next 4 to 6 years.
Chicago is also one of the few teams to be active yesterday. What choice do they have? They will miss out on this rich draft by making the kind of deals Bucs fans want their team to make. They dont pick until the 3rd round, and all they have to show for it is a Quarterback unable to get them to even a .500 record, and a lost pick in the Gaines Adams tragedy.
Patience, is a virtue; The Bucs will win more games than they did last year. They may not compete for a playoff spot, but the team was competitive in their own division in 2009 and should be so in 2010 as well. The Bucs are simply putting their money in the best odds, the rich draft, instead of the poor FA market.