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NFL Free Agency Grades: Buccaneers get a C-


The Buccaneers have sneakily been very active in free agency this season. Their big signing was Dashon Goldson, but they've added a slew of smaller free agents. Or what I like to call: cheap labor and depth. Jonathan Casillas, Tom Crabtree, George Selvie (presumably), Derek Landri and Kevin Ogletree are all decent, cheap additions to round out the depth chart.

And yet, in fans' minds this is all overshadowed by the fact that the cornerback situation remains unchanged. And rightly so: the Bucs' biggest need going into the offseason was at cornerback, and they've done nothing so far to address it. In fact, they let their second-best cornerback E.J. Biggers walk in free agency, while the rhetoric about releasing Eric Wright continues. The Bucs need bodies at cornerback, and they haven't added a single one. Which is why I gave them a C- last month, which is the exact same grade ESPN's Matt Williamson (Insider content) gives them.

Key additions: S Dashon Goldson, LB Jonathan Casillas, T Demar Dotson (re-signed), RB LeGarrette Blount (re-signed), TE Tom Crabtree
Key losses: DE Michael Bennett, DT Roy Miller, CB E.J. Biggers, T Jeremy Trueblood

Analysis: The Bucs improved at outside linebacker with the signing of Casillas and by a great margin by signing Goldson, but losing Bennett really hurts. And with less of a pass rush and weak cornerbacks, including the loss of Biggers to the Redskins, the Bucs' biggest weakness from a year ago (their pass defense) might even be worse now than when the season ended. There isn't a lot to report here, but landing Darrelle Revis at the right price could greatly change the fortunes of this franchise, and Tampa Bay still has plenty of money to spend, although a big chunk of that could be going to Revis.

Grade: C-

I can't argue with a single sentence, but it's worth keeping the final remark in mind. Revis would change everything. And that trade still seems inevitable.