With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers going into Free Agency soon, the Buccaneers should be a little more active then they have been in the couple off-seasons. With that being said, many people have been talking about letting go of people and signing other people and I agree with most. However, I feel Carl Nicks would be a game changer on our offensive line and compared to everyone else that Buc Nation has talked about, he makes the most sense.
Last year, we were dead awful with our offensive line. Jeff Faine looked old and when Jeremy Zuttah moved over he played pretty good. The big problem was the Left Guard position. We had a number of guys who played okay football but not good enough to keep pressure off of Josh Freeman. I'm not talking about releasing anyone, although Faine would be an expensive back-up, but rather signing Carl Nicks to sure up our offensive line.
Donald Penn showed that he earned his big contract last off-season. David Joseph was great at what he does but he let a lot of people by him. Jeff Faine has been the same for two years now and getting hurt doesn't help that. Jeremy Zuttah was a good left guard and a pretty good center replacing Jeff Faine. And Jeremy Trueblood played spectacular compared to his previous years. Though we could upgrade our offensive line more, the more pressing need is left guard.
This upcoming year, we will be installing a new offensive playbook. We don't know who is going to good or bad but if we go back to 2008 when Jeremy Zuttah was playing for Rutgers, we can see why we drafted him. If he can play like that at center, we found our center for the next few years. Remember when Aaron Sears was our left guard? Our offensive line was pretty darn good. Let's return to that by signing Carl Nicks.
Carl Nicks was apart of the New Orleans Saints pass-happy offense. He rarely let people into the backfield to pressure Drew Brees and when he did, he came back the next play and whooped their butt. (Insert Gregg Williams joke here) If we can get that kind of protecting for Josh Freeman, he wouldn't throw interceptions like crazy. He wouldn't fumble often. And maybe our running offense will return to the running powerhouse it was with Alstott and Dunn.
We might have more pressing needs at Safety, Cornerback, Linebacker, or Wide Receiver but we can fix our offensive line without using a draft pick. Hell, maybe we can fix Cornerback with only using one draft pick. I do think we still need a Dunn to our Alstott(Blount) but he doesn't come in Trent Richardson. I'm not on the Claiborne rodeo either but I feel he would be better. A new #1 Wide Receiver, a shifty Running Back, and a Carl Nicks is all we need to fix our offense. Next year we might need a Tight End but Kellen Winslow Jr. will suffice for one more year.