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Which players from the first wild card game of the year could be dressed in pewter next season?

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently stand at just over $15M in cap space for the 2019 league year according to Spotrac.

As speculation grows the team may be clearing more space by dropping large contracts with no dead money attached to them, Jason Licht should have even more money to help his new head coach build the roster they need to turn the ship around.

Bucs fans may not have playoff football to watch of their favorite team, but it doesn’t mean there’s nothing to watch for.

As the post-season moves forward, we’ll be giving you a week-by-week breakdown of which players of interest have expiring contracts and could potentially be on the market for Licht to bring down to Tampa.

Starting with the first playoff game of the year.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

2019 FREE AGENTS

POSITION NAME AGE
POSITION NAME AGE
CENTER JOSH ANDREWS 28
GUARD EVAN BOEHM 26
CORNERBACK JALEN COLLINS 25
CORNERBACK PIERRE DESIR 28
SAFETY MATTHIAS FARLEY 27
SAFETY CLAYTON GEATHERS 27
GUARD MARK GLOWINSKI 27
LINEBACKER NAJEE GOODE 30
WIDE RECEIVER RYAN GRANT 28
FULLBACK RYAN HEWITT 28
DEFENSIVE END MARGUS HUNT 32
WIDE RECEIVER DONTRELLE INMAN 30
WIDE RECEIVER MARCUS JOHNSON 25
QUARTERBACK BRAD KAAYA 23
SAFETY RONALD MARTIN 26
CORNERBACK CHRIS MILTON 26
SAFETY MIKE MITCHELL 32
SAFETY COREY MOORE 26
WIDE RECEIVER ZACH PASCAL 24
LINEBACKER LUKE RHODES 26
WIDE RECEIVER CHESTER ROGERS 25
GUARD MATT SLAUSON 33
TIGHT END ROSS TRAVIS 26
KICKER ADAM VINATIERI 46
DEFENSIVE END JIHAD WARD 25
RIGHT TACKLE J'MARCUS WEBB 31
SAFETY J.J. WILCOX 30
RUNNING BACK JONATHAN WILLIAMS 25
DEFENSIVE TACKLE AL WOODS 32

PLAYER TO WATCH: G, MARK GLOWINSKI

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

When the Indianapolis Colts drafted Braden Smith out of Auburn in the 2018 NFL Draft, the plan was for him to become the right guard of the future. However, according to Jake Arthur of Colts.com, when Denzelle Good went down earlier in the year Smith filled in and filled in well.

So well, that when right guard Matt Slauson also went down, the team didn’t want to move Smith inside. Enter, Mark Glowinski.

As Arthur chronicles in his article on the team’s site, Glowinski has performed...glowingly.

The offensive lineman will be 27-years old by the time the 2019 season begins, and will be coming in with 28 career regular season starts, plus whatever the Colts get this post-season.

Already, he’s contributed to offensive lines which made it to the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs in 2016 with the Seattle Seahawks, and has surrendered a league best 18 sacks this season for the Colts.

Given the struggles at the right guard position experienced by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past season, Glowinski is certainly a guy to watch this wild card weekend as a potential target should the Colts not lock him down before the start of the 2019 league year.

HOUSTON TEXANS

2019 FREE AGENTS

POSITION NAME AGE
POSITION NAME AGE
LINEBACKER TYRELL ADAMS 26
DEFENSIVE END ANGELO BLACKSON 26
RUNNING BACK ALFRED BLUE 28
WIDE RECEIVER DEANDRE CARTER 26
LINEBACKER JADEVEON CLOWNEY 25
DEFENSIVE END CHRISTIAN COVINGTON 25
DEFENSIVE END BRANDON DUNN 26
KICKER KA'IMI FAIRBAIRN 25
DEFENSIVE END JOEL HEATH 26
RIGHT TACKLE SEANTREL HENDERSON 27
CORNERBACK KAREEM JACKSON 31
LINEBACKER JOSH KEYES 25
RIGHT TACKLE KENDALL LAMM 27
SAFETY TYRANN MATHIEU 27
LINEBACKER BRIAN PETERS 30
KICKER NICK ROSE 25
LINEBACKER BRENNAN SCARLETT 26
QUARTERBACK JOE WEBB 32
CORNERBACK KAYVON WEBSTER 27
QUARTERBACK BRANDON WEEDEN 35
CORNERBACK SHAREECE WRIGHT 32

PLAYER TO WATCH: FS, TYRANN MATHIEU

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay’s secondary improved noticeably as the season progressed. The younger and lesser-known players thrust into starting roles due to injuries developed quite nicely all things considered.

However, let’s not get too carried away in thinking the team has solved their issue in the secondary and can just move forward with the defensive backfield as-is.

Bucs fans are going to be ‘lit’ - I think that’s how you use it - if Jason Licht lands Bruce Arians to be the next head coach in Tampa Bay.

They’ll ‘turn up’ if BA brings Todd Bowles in with him. If one or both of those things happen, you’d be safe to place bets Mathieu will at least give a glancing look to the Buccaneers this off-season.

Houston has some decisions to make. Clowney, Jackson and Mathieu are the first three I feel like they’ll need to hammer out before moving much further.

They’ve got close to $70M to work with, but I doubt they’ll want to deplete such a large portion of it on three players.

Looking at Houston’s roster, it seems they have more room to allow Mathieu to walk than the other two, which could be good news for Bucs fans.

It might seem Mathieu should be older given how long he’s spent in the spotlight, but he’ll be entering his seventh season in the NFL at just 27-years old when 2019 kicks off.

These two teams face-off Saturday, January 5th, to get the playoff festivities going. You may not be watching the Bucs, but you could be watching future Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action.