* = 2019 full-time starter

Need #1: Quarterback

Notable Free Agents:

  • Jameis Winston* (highly talented but volatile)
  • Blaine Gabbert (experienced backup, does not offer developmental upside)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Ryan Griffin (30 years old, 2 career completions across 7 seasons in NFL)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • Starting QB
  • Backup QB Competition

Updates:

  • signed Tom Brady (from a glass half-full perspective Brady could turn the Bucs into contenders, his signing puts the organization into full-on win-now mode)
  • Resigned Blaine Gabbert

Need #2: Edge Rusher/OLB

Notable Free Agents:

  • Shaquil Barrett* (crazy production - led NFL in sacks with 19.5, also had 37 QB hits, 6 FF)
  • Jason Pierre Paul* (8.5 sacks in 10 games, strong vs. run)
  • Carl Nassib (solid/unspectacular, 6 sacks, team captain)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Anthony Nelson (2019 4th rounder, an injury and crowded depth chart kept him off the field, larger role in 2020 likely)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • 2 Starting OLB
  • Depth

Updates:

  • franchise-tagged Shaquil Barrett
  • resigned Jason Pierre Paul

Need #3: Offensive Tackle

Notable Free Agents:

  • Demar Dotson* (long-tenured starting RT, 36 years old, quality of play declined a bit, probably time to move on)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Donovan Smith* (locked in as long-term starter at left tackle after big 2019 contract extension, quality of play still a bit inconsistent)

Need Level: Very High

Need to Address:

  • Starting RT
  • Swing Tackle/Depth

Updates:

  • Signed Joe Haeg (27 years old, 35 career starts, played LT, RT, and RG in Indy, could compete for starting job and at very least provide versatile depth)
  • Drafted in Round 1: Tristan Wirfs (prototypical size and athletic ability, rock solid tape, ceiling as high as any other OT in the draft class, should start at RT immediately, also has the skills to move to LT in the future)

Need #4: Defensive Line

Notable Free Agents:

  • Ndamukong Suh* (solid, durable player, double teams opened up opportunities for Barrett, strong vs. the run)
  • Beau Allen (did not play much in 2019, not expected back)
  • Rakeem Nunez Roches (reserve, 13 total tackles)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Vita Vea* (lived up to draft billing as a disruptive force at nose tackle)
  • William Gholston* (not much of a pass rusher but solid vs. the run, fits well in Bucs defensive scheme)

Need Level: High

Need to Address:

  • Starting DE
  • Depth

Updates:

  • Resigned Rakeem Nunez Roches
  • Resigned Ndamukong Suh
  • Drafted in Round 6: Khalil Davis (developmental DL prospect, good athlete for his size, impressive production as a senior, nice late round get)

Need #5: Running Back

Notable Free Agents:

  • Peyton Barber (underwhelming in starting role)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Ronald Jones III (showed improvement in second season, 1,033 total yards, 5.1 yards per touch, shoddy pass protection)
  • Dare Ogunbowale (special teamer, 3rd down back, serious lack of explosion)

Need Level: Moderate

Need to Address:

  • Competition at Starting RB
  • Rotational/Pass-catching RB

Updates:

  • Drafted in Round 3: Ke'Shawn Vaughn (productive SEC RB, not a special athlete, solid receiving production as a senior, runs with good vision and power, fits into the solid / unspectacular category, likely RB2 as a rookie)
  • Drafted in Round 7: Raymond Calais (projects as a change of pace RB and special teamer/return man, on the smaller side, runs with great speed and has explosive qualities, lacks pass protection skills, not much a receiver)
  • Signed LeSean McCoy (solid as part of RB rotation in KC last year: 465 rushing yards, 4.6 ypc, 28 catches, 181 receiving yards, 5 TDs, at 32 years old he is not the player he once was - but he should be a nice contributor in TB)
  • Signed Leonard Fournette (awesome signing - while his career in Jax was ultimately a disappointment - he was able to produce despite a very limited supporting cast - in 2019 he totaled 1,746 all purpose yards, he still possesses the insane upside that made him the fourth overall pick in 2017 and should thrive in TB with less stacked boxes, the talent level on TB's offense is unreal)
  • Released Dare Ogunbowale
  • Released Raymond Calais

Need #6: Interior Offensive Line

Notable Free Agents:

  • Earl Watford (OG, 4 game starter, 30 years old when season starts, more of a reserve than an ideal starter)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Ryan Jensen* (C, one of NFL's best)
  • Ali Marpet* (LG, excellent player, one of league's best pass protecting offensive guards)
  • Alex Cappa* (RG, 2018 3rd rounder from DIII school, still developing into NFL caliber lineman)

Need Level: Mild

Need to Address:

  • Competition at Starting RG
  • Depth

Updates:

  • Signed Joe Haeg
  • Signed A.Q. Shipley (nice depth signing, lots of starting experience, can play guard or center, lots of history with Arians)

Need #7: Safety

Notable Free Agents:

  • Andrew Adams* (11 game starter, dependable but upgradeable)
  • Darian Stewart (sparingly-used reserve)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Jordan Whitehead* (likely 2020 starter after a solid 2019 campaign)
  • Justin Evans (2018 2nd rounder, spent most of 2019 on IR, has the talent to compete for starting job when healthy)
  • Mike Edwards (2019 4th rounder, showed some promise as a rookie, also in contention for a starting job in 2020)
  • D'Cota Dixon (wowed in training camp as a rookie UDFA, but missed season with shoulder injury, coaching staff believes he has a bright future)

Need Level: Mild

Need:

  • Competition at Starting Safety

Updates:

  • Resigned Andrew Adams
  • Drafted in Round 2: Antoine Winfield Jr. (played at an elite level as a senior, excellent center-field type safety who can also help in run support, short at 5'9 but has a compact build, plays with great instincts and technique, did have few injuries in college, too good not to start as a rookie, has Pro Bowl upside)

Need #8: Wide Receiver

Notable Free Agents:

  • Breshad Perriman (speedy, flashed upside late in season, may be looking for a starting opportunity)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Mike Evans* (consistent/beastly WR1 in prime of career)
  • Chris Godwin* (2019 breakout, together with Evans makes up what is arguably the top WR duo in league)
  • Justin Watson (2018 5th rounder, showed some improvement in year two despite limited production, in store for a larger role in 2020 if Perriman leaves)
  • Scott Miller (2019 6th rounder, classic small-quick slot WR)

Need Level: Low

Need to Address:

  • Competition/Upgrade at WR3

Updates:

  • Drafted in Round 5: Tyler Johnson (surprised he fell to 5th round, ultra-productive at Minnesota, lacks explosive speed but finds ways to make plays, excellent in contested catch situations, good YAC, former high school QB - which may explain high football IQ, could easily win WR3 job as a rookie, a steal)

Need #9: Linebacker

Notable Free Agents:

  • Kevin Minter (high-quality backup and special teamer, played well early in season when White was injured)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Lavonte David* (led Bus in tackles, arguably the best defensive player on the team, contract is up in 2021)
  • Devin White* (5th overall selection in 2019, flashed Pro Bowl upside as a rookie, very bright future)
  • Jack Cichy (oft-injured 2018 6th rounder, has upside if he can get on the the field)
  • Noah Dawkins (special teamer)

Need Level: Low

Need to Address:

  • Depth

Updates:

  • Resigned Kevin Minter
  • Drafted in Round 7: Chapelle Russell (good athlete, average-level college production, tore his right ACL in back to back seasons, projects as special teams player initially)

Need #10: Special Teams

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Matt Gay* (2019 5th rounder, impressive leg strength, needs to improve on below average 77% FG accuracy).
  • Bradley Pinion* (overpaid punter relative to average-level production)
  • Return Unit (both KR and PR average ranked among worst in league)

Need Level: Low

Need to Address:

  • Returner
  • Competition at Punter

Updates:

  • Signed Ryan Succop (veteran kicker, missed most of 2019 with a knee injury, but historically he's been an accurate kicker)
  • Released Matt Gay

Need #11: Cornerback

Notable Free Agents:

  • Ryan Smith (special teams standout)

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • Carlton Davis* (young emerging star, 19 pass deflections were 2nd most in NFL - behind only DPOY Stephon Gilmore)
  • Jamel Dean (rookie, recorded 17 pass deflections - tied for 4th most in league, bright future ahead)
  • Sean Murphy Bunting (also a rookie, led team with 3 INTS, yet another defensive building block)
  • M.J. Stewart (2018 2nd rounder, has yet to emerge like others, focused on slot duties in 2019)

Need Level: Very Low

Updates:

  • Resigned Ryan Smith
  • Released M.J. Stewart

Need #12: Tight End

Notable Free Agents:

  • None

Notable Players Under Contract:

  • O.J. Howard (has all the tools, Arians/Leftwich need to get him more involved)
  • Cameron Brate (one of the better #2 TEs in the league, excellent in red zone)

Need Level: Very Low

Updates:

  • Traded for Rob Gronkowski (dominant - game-changing player, obviously an excellent fit with Brady on board, injuries have been a persistent issue, contract and trade compensation were more than reasonable, fantastic addition)