There’s a growing sense of confidence and excitement surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stemming from the signing of Tom Brady to quarterback the offense for the next two years.
With the biggest moves of free-agency likely done, is it possible the Bucs will still eye some remaining free-agents to add to the offense who might help Brady get this franchise into the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 NFL season? Matt Matera of PewterReport.com was asked that very question during a recent appearance on the Locked On Bucs Podcast.
“Wide receiver is an area that I think is really interesting because I do think they are going to address wide receiver in the draft,” Matera said. “It’s really just a matter of are they going to pick a receiver in the second or third round, or are they going to kind of go a little later and go in the fifth or sixth round.”
With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin on the roster heading into 2020, Tampa Bay is set up well at the top, but is in need of more depth with young guys like Scotty Miller and Justin Watson making up the bulk of the young potential heading into the next season.
2019 stand-out Breshad Perriman was thought of as a sleeper to perhaps return depending on his market, but signed on with the New York Jets on Tuesday. This leaves the Bucs in a position to potentially add a veteran receiving option as well as a rookie between now and training camp.
Matera brought up one such possibility in veteran free-agent Jermaine Kearse, saying,
“Another name that kind of interests me, just because (of) what else he can bring to the team is Jermaine Kearse. Jermaine Kearse broke his leg last year, so he didn’t really play much. He’s 30-years old...he’s coming at a cheap cost at a position where the Bucs are going to go in the draft and third wide receiver, yes they use it in their offense, but at the end of the day it’s going to be all about Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.”
Other topics covered in the conversation with Matera ranged from the outlook of the tight end group. Cameron Brate recently agreed to adjust his contract to stay with the Buccaneers, and following moves to retain Tanner Hudson and Antony Auclair, the 2019 tight end group is secured and ready to go for 2020.
These topics, and more, are all on the table and we even take time to answer a listener submitted question. Check out the full conversation with Matt Matera of Pewter Report and the Pewter Nation Podcast, on the Tuesday’s episode of the Locked On Bucs Podcast!