Buccaneers projected to have 20 unrestricted free agents in 2014
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be responsible for a significant number of those players hitting the market next offseason with the team scheduled have up to 20 unrestricted free agents in 2014, according to PewterReport.com. The team could have 10 players entering restricted free agency from each side of the ball while four other players are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents next year.
The names headlining the group of restricted free agents include quarterback Josh Freeman and wide receiver Mike Williams. While the Buccaneers are reportedly in talks with Williams on a contract extension on a mutually agreeable salary, Freeman’s situation is a bit more uncertain and requires patience.
It could ultimately turn out to be a risky suggestion for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, especially if Freeman hits it big this season, which means he will cost the team even more around the 2014 offseason. Then, there will be questions whether his performance in the 2013 season was a fluke or the start to of a new trend by the fifth-year quarterback.
Nevertheless, the Bucs opted for some help at the position this offseason by selecting third-round pick Mike Gelnnon in April’s draft. ProFootball Talk’s Mike Florio noted that Glennon’s addition to the roster puts Freeman in a weaker position, and with so much money already tied up in cornerback Darrelle Revis’ deal, the Buccaneers “plan is to keep the quarterback compensation low during the time Revis is in Tampa.”
Florio further speculated that the Buccaneers will be better off with Glennon if he takes over the starting spot at some time this year or the start of 2014 since Glennon is on a rookie’s minimum salary the first four years of his NFL career; and it will become more difficult to pay both Freeman as well as Revis going forwards.
However, that doesn’t appear to be how championships are made with an inexperienced quarterback who hardly seems ready to start leading the offense in a division that contains top tier quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. For now, Glennon seems to be part of the Buccaneers’ contingency plan in case Freeman suffers an injury into the season.