March 13, 2019, at 4 pm, starts the new league year and the opening of Free Agency. Teams can start contacting and signing players to contracts, Tampa Bay’s new coaches Bruce Arians and DC Todd Bowles can start putting their new team together. The struggling secondary has been a black hole in Tampa for a long time. Todd Bowles defense runs aggressive man to man and zone coverages. Blitzing is also common from cornerbacks in his defensive scheme.
Here is a brief look at six cornerbacks that would fit Tampa Bays new-look defense that could hit free agency in 2019. and
1) Ronald Darby-Philadelphia (*43 Tackles/1 Int) With a torn ACL, and after time to recover he could potentially start in 2019. The Eagles use corner blitz packages like the first play against the Bucs in 2018. Bowles could use a corner with his experience.
2) Bradley Roby-Denver (*50 Tackles/1Int) a prominent corner in a 3-4 scheme, he would fit well in an aggressive hybrid scheme in Tampa.
3) Kareem Jackson-Houston (*87 Tackles/2 Int/1 sack) excellent experienced cover and blitzing corner coming off a solid year. His tenacity would be a welcomed addition to Tampa.
4) Jason McCourty-New England (*70 Tackles/1 Int/1 FF) a great well-rounded cornerback that can do it all. His aggressive playstyle pairs well with an aggressive defense.
5) Steve Nelson-Kansas City (*68 Tackles/4 Int) a young talent that had his best year with the bottom-ranked Kansas City. With a legitimate scheme and coach, he has an incredible amount of upside.
6) Darryl Roberts-NY Jets (*48 Tackles/1 Int)
Roberts and Bowles already have history, so finding his place on the system won’t be as challenging. A decent coverage corner added to a good scheme he could be a great addition for the Buccaneers.
Paired with a new scheme and a few extra blitzing CB’s Todd Bowles defense will make Tampa a force to be reckoned with.