2018 Disaster Draft: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

To say the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a disappointing season is putting it exceptionally mildly. They were dark horse playoff contenders in the 2017 preseason, but ultimately fell on their collective faces en route to a 5-11 record. Granted, Jameis Winston succumbing to the Fitzpatrick Curse didn’t help (though they went 3-10 in games that Winston played). Still, they are looking for a mulligan in 2018, and losing down-roster guys to a disaster draft certainly won’t help. Who do the Buccos hang onto, and who might end up with their Spanish language equivalent, the Conquistadors?

Lost to Free Agency: Doug Martin, T.J. Ward, Evan Smith, Clinton McDonald


The No Doubters:

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Gerald McCoy DT $12,750,000 $13,000,000 $12,500,000 $12,932,253 UFA
Lavonte David OLB $8,750,000 $9,750,000 $10,750,000 UFA
Robert Ayers DE $6,000,000 UFA
Demar Dotson RT $4,615,625 $4,850,000 UFA
Mike Evans WR $13,258,000 UFA
Jameis Winston QB $8,066,315 UFA
DeSean Jackson WR $11,000,000 $10,000,000 UFA
O.J. Howard TE $2,521,504 $3,025,805 $3,530,107 UFA
Kwon Alexander ILB $2,026,582 UFA

Gerald McCoy, Robert Ayers, Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David are the absolute heart and soul of the Bucs defense, with David and McCoy being legitimately elite players at their position. Speaking of elite, the Bucs just tossed Evans a massive contract (though full details still aren’t out).  Jameis gets to stay, alongside his second and third weapons in D-Jax and sophomore O.J. Howard. Demar Dotson is their best offensive lineman, weirdly enough.


The More-Than-Likely Staying:

Player POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
William Gholston DE $6,500,000 $3,750,000 $4,750,000 $5,500,000 UFA
Vernon Hargreaves CB $3,866,634 $4,511,076 UFA
Ali Marpet C $1,200,687 UFA
Cameron Brate TE $6,800,000 $6,800,000 $6,800,000 $6,800,000 $6,800,000
Brent Grimes CB $10,000,000 UFA
Chris Godwin WR $779,541 $875,041 $966,541 UFA
Justin Evans S $1,181,658 $1,417,989 $1,654,323 UFA

If the no doubters are the heart and soul of the defense, then Gholston, Hargreaves, Grimes and Evans are the uh, gall bladder and spleen? I don’t know, I’m not a doctor. They’re important and could be removed but ideally you shouldn’t do that to them. Cam Brate and Grimes were day one re-signings for the Buccos in free agency, with Brate getting $41 million over more than half a decade and Grimes getting $10 million for like ten months of service. Ali Marpet is an extremely good ofefensive lineman, and Chris Godwin is all kinds of underrated (except in fantasy football circles).

The Leftovers:

QUARTERBACKS POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
J.R. Sweezy G $5,875,000 $5,125,000 $5,125,000 UFA
Bryan Anger P $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $3,500,000 $3,500,000 UFA
Christopher Conte FS $2,375,000 UFA
Donovan Smith LT $1,931,000 UFA
Josh Robinson CB $1,875,000 UFA
Noah Spence DE $1,646,264 $1,920,642 UFA
Jacquizz Rodgers RB $1,600,000 UFA
Ryan Griffin QB $1,100,000 UFA
Ryan Smith CB $778,040 $868,041 UFA
Kendell Beckwith OLB $754,572 $844,572 $934,572 UFA
Freddie Martino WR $705,000 UFA
Caleb Benenoch T $693,296 $783,297 UFA
Devante Bond OLB $666,176 $756,179 UFA
Leonard Wester T $636,668 RFA
Alan Cross TE $630,000 RFA
Davonte Lambert DE $630,000 RFA
Antony Auclair TE $561,666 $651,668 RFA
Jake Lampman WR $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Bobo Wilson WR $555,000 ERFA
Jeremy McNichols RB $555,000 $800,946
Michael Liedtke G $555,000 ERFA
Pat O’Connor DE $555,000 ERFA
Channing Ward DE $555,000 ERFA
Riley Bullough ILB $555,000 ERFA
Nigel Harris OLB $555,000 ERFA
Isaiah Johnson S $555,000 ERFA
Roberto Aguayo K $555,000 $645,000
Stevie Tu’ikolovatu DT $502,783 $667,783 $757,783 UFA
Cole Gardner T $481,666 $646,668 RFA
Devin Lucien WR $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Dalton Crossan RB $480,000 ERFA
Givens Price T $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Brad Seaton T $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Avery Young T $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Jeff Knox ILB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
Eric Nzeocha OLB $480,000 ERFA
Richie Brown ILB $480,000
Maurice Fleming CB $480,000 $570,000 ERFA
David Rivers III CB $480,000 ERFA
Drew Ferris LS $480,000 $570,000 ERFA

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