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Bucs fourth in free agency spending since 2012

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Here's something to make Raheem Morris angry: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spent the fourth-most in free agency since firing Morris in 2012, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times notes.

That's a lot of money, though this is in terms of total contract value, not actual money paid out. With several big-money busts whose contracts were prematurely terminated, including Carl Nicks, Anthony Collins and Michael Johnson, the Bucs' actual spend is lower than that. Though presumably this doesn't include Darrelle Revis, who was added in trade and not free agency.

There's also a reason why the Bucs spent that much money in free agency: their drafts were terrible, and they couldn't put a winning product on the field. In many ways, the Bucs spent big because they were losing, not the other way around. It's easy to tell people to build through the draft and forego free agency when you're winning and have quality players on your team. When you don't, you need a short-term quality boost that the draft just can't bring consistently.

There's one lesson to be learned, though: the Bucs need to be more judicious in their spending in free agency. At least we can't complain that the Glazers aren't spending.