The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have done more one-year signings this year than in recent memory. Soon the newest addition to the team will be Blaine Gabbert, who played for Bruce Arians in 2017. The Buccaneers appear to be putting the pieces together and have done so with solid signings. But is it time to slow things down with the draft right around the corner and cap space limited?
If the draft were today, the Bucs would have to spend $10 million, and some change on 8 draft picks. That is why the one-year signings have been so important, and pickups like Shaquil Barrett, Deone Bucannon, and Breshad Perriman will be huge if they pan out.
General manager Jason Licht stated that he trusts Bruce Arians’ judgment in picking players, so it appears everything is as it should be. Tampa is building the team Arians needs to win games.
Signing Blaine Gabbert appears to be a safety net in the event that Jameis Winston goes down with an injury or what have you, as Gabbert already knows the offense and is a serviceable quarterback. The signing of Gabbert, when finalized, could and should be the last one until after the draft. The draft is right around the corner and barring any trades or releases, it seems that the Buccaneers are going to fill the remainder of their needs with the draft. I believe that the draft will consist of mostly defensive picks, but you never know.