Like the rest of us, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be watching the NFL Playoffs this year. Unlike the rest of us, the Bucs have a chance of making it to the post-season next year, and could potentially do so using the assistance of some guys getting a little playoff experience in 2020.
As the Seattle Seahawks unfortunately have to travel to the Philadelphia Eagles, here are some guys doing so on expiring contracts who could become targets of Jason Licht and the Buccaneers when the new league year begins in early March.
2020 FREE-AGENTS: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
DE, Ezekiel Ansah (31) | CB, Jeremy Boykins (25)
WR, Jaron Brown (30) | DE, Jadeveon Clowney (27)
LB, Emmanuel Ellerbe (23) | OT, George Fant (28)
WR, Josh Gordon (29) | TE, Jacob Hollister (26)
C, Joey Hunt (26) | RT, Germaine Ifedi (26)
OG, Mike Iupati (33) | DE, Branden Jackson (27)
DE, Quinton Jefferson (27) | OLB, Mychal Kendricks (29)
CB, Akeem King (28) | RB, Marshawn Lynch (34)
WR, David Moore (25) | FS, Ryan Neal (24)
RB, C.J. Prosise (26) | DT, Jarran Reed (27)
CB, Kalan Reed (26) | OG, Jordan Roos (27)
OT, Jordan Simmons (26) | QB, Geno Smith (29)
TE, Tyrone Swoopes (25) | CB, Neiko Thorpe (30)
RB, Robert Turbin (30) | WR, Malik Turner (24)
OLB, Dekoda Watson (32) | TE, Luke Willson (30)
DT, Al Woods (33)
FREE-AGENT FOCUS: OT, GEORGE FANT
George Fant has a big opportunity today in his team’s Wild Card match-up with the Philadelphia Eagles. Due to the injury and recovery of starting left tackle Duane Brown, Fant will be starting a playoff game, in the same year he hits free-agency.
The 27-year old will be 28 before the next season begins, and if he plays well enough, he may just earn himself a starting job in the NFL as well.
Fant has played four years at the pro level now after entering the league in 2016 as an undrafted free-agent.
Every tackle needy team will be watching Fant’s performance as he and Germaine Ifedi both qualify for free-agency in 2020. There’s an outside chance the Seahawks push to keep both, as they surely understand how valuable talented offensive lineman can be.
If one of them hits the open market though, it'll be Fant, and if everyone speculating Demar Dotson’s time in Tampa is done then he could be someone the Bucs call in for a cup of coffee.
2020 FREE-AGENTS: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
WR, Nelson Agholor (27) | OLB, Nigel Bradham (30)
WR, Deontay Burnett (22) | RB, Corey Clement (25)
DE, Vinny Curry (32) | CB, Ronald Darby (26)
OLB, Kamu Grugier-Hill (26) | RB, Jordan Howard (25)
CB, Craig James (24) | DT, Timmy Jernigan (27)
P, Cameron Johnston (28) | QB, Josh McCown (41)
FS, Rodney McLeod (30) | CB, Jalen Mills (26)
LT, Jason Peters (38) | DT, Hassan Ridgeway (25)
TE, Richard Rodgers (28) | RB, Darren Sproles (37)
QB, Nate Sudfeld (26) | OL, Halapoulivaati Vaitai (27)
FREE-AGENT FOCUS: OL, HALAPOULIVAATI VAITAI
It’s going to be game full of potential offensive line additions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this off-season. Adding to Ifedi and Fant from Seattle, Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a player who was rumored to be on the move leading up to the 2019 trade deadline, and could actualy leave Philadelphia once the season is over.
Versatility is big with the Bucs’ coaching staff, and Vaitai has shown he can play outside and inside during his time with the Eagles. Reports however, mention the logjam the Eagles have on the offensive line with perhaps some misplaced loyalty to some aging veterans.
If this is the case, then Vaitai could be allowed to find new team’s to negotiate with, and this could be the opportunity Tampa Bay needs to add some depth and a potential starter to their own offensive line.
Fant and Vaitai are just a couple of the potential free-agents taking the field for Wild Card Weekend as the Seattle Seahawks visit the Philadelphia Eagles to take part in the final elimination game of the 2019-20 Wild Card Round.
Let us know your thoughts on both of these guys, as well as any of the other upcoming free-agents you’ll be keeping an eye on.
We’ll be back with more looks at the teams competing in the 2019-20 NFL Playoffs!