NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 27: "Shiphead," a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan, watches his team play against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 27, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
As the Buccaneers have virtually eliminated themselves from playoff contention, it's time for us to start focusing on the future of this team. Will they improve themselves this offseason, and which needs need to be filled? And what about the longer term plans of the team?
All of that starts by seeing which contracts end when, and which needs will need to be filled. Conveniently, Rotoworld has an excellent contract database, allowing us to quickly ascertain the contract status of any one player. Collecting that data we get a good picture of each year's
As an example, the Bucs have 16 expiring player contracts this offseason. Four of those players will be either restricted (Lumpkin and Bennett) or exclusive rights (Blount and Parker) free agents, making it extremely unlikely they're going to move elsewhere.
While the Bucs have a lot of contracts to work out either this offseason (2012) or in 2014, 2013 is relatively quiet with just 9 expiring contracts. That's mostly the case because of the sparse 2009 draft, as the Bucs have just four players from that draft on their roster. With sixteen expiring contracts next year, the Bucs will be forced to overhaul a significant part of their roster again.
Hit the jump to see the full list of player contracts organized by years.
2012(16): CB Ronde Barber, K Connor Barth, DE Michael Bennett (restricted), RB Legarrette Blount (exclusive rights), T Demar Dotson (restricted), RB Earnest Graham, LB Geno Hayes, QB Josh Johnson, S Sean Jones, T James Lee, RB Kregg Lumpkin (restricted), S Corey Lynch, CB Elbert Mack, WR Preston Parker (exclusive rights), WR Micheal Spurlock, G Jeremy Zuttah
2014(16): S Larry Asante, WR Arrelious Benn, WR Dezmon Briscoe, C Jeff Faine, QB Josh Freeman, S Cody Grimm, G Derek Hardman, LB Adam Hayward, S Devin Holland (restricted), G Ted Larsen, CB Myron Lewis, FB Erik Lorig, DT Brian Price, LB Dekoda Watson, WR Raymond Webber (restricted), WR Mike Williams
2015(7): DE Da'Quan Bowers, DE Adrian Clayborn (fifth-year option through 2015), LB Mason Foster, CB Anthony Gaitor, DT Gerald McCoy, TE Luke Stocker, TE Kellen Winslow
2016(2): LB Quincy Black, T Donald Penn
2017(1): P Micheal Koenen
2018(1): G Davin Joseph
Unknown(8): LB Jacob Cutrera, LB Zac Diles, DE George Johnson, RB Mossis Madu, DT John McCargo, TE Zack Pianalto, DE Daniel Te'o Nesheim, DE/DT E.J. Wilson