|Offense||18th||101.0 (24th)||245.4 (16th)|
|Defense||23rd||117.2 (22nd)||250.8 (22nd)|
|38||Adjei-Barimah, Jude||CB||5-11||200||7/21/1992||3||Bowling Green State|
|19||Aguayo, Roberto||K||6-0||207||5/17/1994||2||Florida State|
|58||Alexander, Kwon||MLB||6-1||227||8/3/1994||3||Louisiana State|
|9||Anger, Bryan (FA)||P||6-3||205||10/6/1988||6||California|
|46||Cartwright, Kivon||TE||6-4||245||3/3/1992||1||Colorado State|
|Cherilus, Gosder (FA)||T||6-7||316||6/28/1984||10||Boston College|
|Dellenbach, Dax||LS||6-1||235||4/13/1990||R||Florida State|
|69||Dotson, Demar||T||6-9||315||10/11/1985||9||Southern Mississippi|
|35||Elliott, Javien||DB||5-11||176||7/18/1993||2||Florida State|
|13||Evans, Mike||WR||6-5||231||8/21/1993||4||Texas A&M|
|92||Gholston, William||DE||6-6||281||7/31/1991||5||Michigan State|
|53||Glanton, Adarius||OLB||6-1||230||9/21/1990||4||Florida Atlantic|
|72||Gottschalk, Ben||G||6-5||293||2/15/1992||2||Southern Methodist|
|Harrison, Jarvis||G||6-4||330||12/25/1991||2||Texas A&M|
|68||Hawley, Joe||C||6-3||302||10/22/1988||8||Nevada-Las Vegas|
|67||Hughes, John (FA)||DE||6-2||320||4/27/1988||6||Cincinnati|
|83||Jackson, Vincent (FA)||WR||6-5||230||1/14/1983||13||Northern Colorado|
|39||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-0||209||10/14/1992||1||South Carolina|
|Knox, Jeff||LB||6-2||225||//||R||California (PA)|
|Liedtke, Michael||G||6-3||310||1/15/1992||1||Illinois State|
|22||Martin, Doug||RB||5-9||223||1/13/1989||6||Boise State|
|Martino, Freddie||WR||6-0||195||9/7/1991||2||North Greenville|
|82||Myers, Brandon (FA)||TE||6-3||256||9/4/1985||9||Iowa|
|Riggs, Cody||CB||5-9||187||12/28/1991||3||Notre Dame|
|26||Robinson, Josh||DB||5-10||200||1/8/1991||6||Central Florida|
|32||Rodgers, Jacquizz||RB||5-6||205||2/6/1990||7||Oregon State|
|Sanborn, Garrison||C||6-1||240||7/31/1985||9||Florida State|
|10||Shorts, Cecil (FA)||WR||6-0||202||12/22/1987||7||Mount Union|
|34||Sims, Charles||RB||6-0||211||9/19/1990||4||West Virginia|
|30||Smith, Antone (FA)||RB||5-9||192||9/17/1985||8||Florida State|
|76||Smith, Donovan||T||6-6||338||6/23/1993||3||Penn State|
|62||Smith, Evan||G||6-2||308||7/19/1986||8||Idaho State|
|51||Smith, Daryl (FA)||OLB||6-2||250||3/14/1982||14||Georgia Tech|
|29||Smith, Ryan||CB||5-11||189||9/7/1993||2||North Carolina Central|
|57||Spence, Noah||DE||6-2||251||1/8/1994||2||Eastern Kentucky|
|73||Sweezy, J.R.||G||6-5||298||4/8/1989||6||North Carolina State|
|37||Tandy, Keith||SS||5-10||205||2/12/1989||6||West Virginia|
|21||Verner, Alterraun (FA)||CB||5-10||187||12/13/1988||8||UCLA|
|Walker, Derel||WR||6-1||188||6/29/1991||R||Texas A&M|
|66||Wester, Leonard||T||6-6||305||1/3/1993||2||Missouri Western State|
|Wilcox, J.J.||DB||6-0||212||2/14/1991||5||Georgia Southern|
|3||Winston, Jameis||QB||6-4||231||1/6/1994||3||Florida State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
DePaola, who was one of the Buccaneers' restricted free agents, tore an ACL in Week 17 and did not receive a tender this offseason, presumably due to his current health concerns. Instead, the team signed longtime Bills long snapper Garrison Sanborn to take his place. While it appears DePaola's time in Tampa Bay is over, the soon to be 30-year-old could resurface elsewhere when he returns to full health.
Spence suffered the shoulder injury during the Buccaneers' season finale against the Panthers, but not before recording three tackles. He'll have plenty of time to recover before training camp in July. Spence, a 2016 second-round pick, finished his rookie campaign with 22 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two passes defensed, and three forced fumbles in 16 games.
Adjei-Barimah recored 22 tackles in 10 games last year, but was suspended for four games during the middle of the season after violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He also missed some time at the tail-end of the season due to an undisclosed injury. When he was on the field, the 24-year-old served as Tampa's primary nickelback and could see an expanded role on the defense in 2017.
The former Pro Bowler seemed to be stuck in neutral for most of the season in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's system before turning it on over the last month-plus. David tallied 37 stops (28 solo), four sacks (all within the last three games) and an interception in Weeks 12-17, salvaging his season to large extent from an IDP perspective. The fifth-year pro actually finished with the second-highest sack total of his career (5.0), equaled a career best in forced fumbles (four) and fumble recoveries (two) and also notched a pick-six, helping to offset what was by far the lowest tackle total of his career (87). If Smith, who is reportedly under consideration for head coaching opportunities, does return to Tampa for a second season, David may be primed for a much stronger start to 2017 given his season of acclimation in this past campaign.
The 23-year-old played in all 16 games for the Rams last season, tallying four special-teams tackles. Lynch totaled 243 tackles (173 solo), including 31.5 for loss, 17 sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over 37 career games at Syracuse from 2011-2014.
In light of the injury, the Buccaneers added guard Josh Allen from the practice squad to fill Gottschalk's spot on the active roster. Joe Hawley will continue to start at center after injuring his knee two weeks ago.
Smith had some success as an occasional big-play threat for the Falcons in 2013 and 2014, but a combination of injuries and age have sapped his explosiveness. Even if he returns to full health at some point this offseason, the 31-year-old may find it tough to catch on with a team that gives him a real shot to earn a roster spot. He had 10 carries for 47 yards and six catches for 77 yards in three games with Tampa Bay last season.
The second-year middle linebacker thus wraps up his sophomore pro campaign with consecutive 10-tackle efforts, and a whopping 41 stops overall in the last three games thanks to his 21-tackle explosion in Week 15 versus the Cowboys. After seeing a PED suspension wipe out the final four games of what was an otherwise stellar rookie season in 2015, Alexander bounced back to excel in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's attacking scheme, compiling 145 tackles, matching last season's three-sack total, and also notching a forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception apiece.
The third-year pro already has 97 pass completions of greater than 20 yards on his resume over his first pair of NFL campaigns, with 12 of those connections eclipsing 40 yards. What Winston hasn't been too prolific in is 300-yard games, as he's compiled a modest five over 32 starts to date. Those numbers could see a notable boost with the addition of Jackson, who proved he still has plenty of downfield speed last season by averaging 17.9 YPC and hauling in 19 completions of greater than 20 yards. Winston clearly would have benefited from a viable No. 2 option in the receiving corps last season, when a knee sprain knocked Vincent Jackson out of commission in October and the team was besieged by additional injuries at the position. Despite that challenge, the 2015 first overall pick still eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark for the second time in as many pro seasons and also upped his touchdown total to 28, so the ceiling on what he might be able to do with a healthy Evans and Jackson as his top two wideout options is considerable.
A November pickup by the Bucs last season, Siliga brought some additional size to the team's defensive line last season. However, he saw limited action over six games with the club, notching just five tackles (three solo) and one sack. He will likely return to a similar role with Tampa Bay in 2017.
The towering receiver had his work cut out for him in 2016 and responded with an outstanding season, but he was often bogged down by double and triple coverage, especially as the season went on. Former No. 2 receiver Vincent Jackson (knee) was lost for good after five games, and the Bucs eventually saw replacement Cecil Shorts III go down with a gruesome knee injury in Week 13. Outside of TE Cameron Brate, who enjoyed a breakout campaign of his own, Evans had no other pass catcher on the field with him that opposing defenses consistently had to account for, which naturally drove plenty of attention his way. Things should be different now that the speedy Jackson is in town, and although Evans should see a reduction in targets after drawing a whopping 175 last season, he could well convert at a much more efficient rate. The 2014 first-round pick posted 50 and 55 percent catch rates over the last two seasons -- numbers that leave plenty of room for improvement. With the possibility of much more one-on-one coverage, Evans could certainly see an uptick in that department as well as in the career-low 13.8 YPC he posted last season.
The undrafted rookie from Memphis made the original version of the 53-man roster coming out of preseason but was waived the day before the season opener. Re-signed to the practice squad just four days later, Cross soon found himself on the active roster after Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released on Sept 23. Cross was often deployed in an H-back-type role, and saw at least one target in nine of his 14 contests. He notched a reception in five of the last seven games of the season, but his role was predominantly that of a blocker. A younger, cheaper version of teammate Brandon Myers, Cross figures to stick on the roster in 2017, given his reasonable $540,000 cap hit and Myers' unlikely return.
The former Colorado State Ram tallied 75 receptions for 1,136 yards and 11 touchdowns -- along with five rushes for 26 yards -- over five college seasons before going undrafted in 2016. Cartwright subsequently spent all of training camp and preseason with the Bucs, recording one reception for one yard before being waived/injured on Sept. 3. He figures to join an offseason tight end mix that will likely include the likes of Alan Cross, Luke Stocker and Brandon Myers.
Jones can now test the market but may have trouble finding work as he continues to recover from ACL surgery. Before the injury, the defensive end split time on special teams and defense, recording three tackles in eight games.
The veteran tackle was able to play double the amount of games he had in 2015, when a pectoral injury cut short what was on pace to be a career season. He didn't exactly escape 2016 injury-free, as a hamstring injury cost him four games midway through the campaign. However, McDonald was once again productive when healthy, albeit not to the same extent as he'd been a year earlier. He posted six-and-eight-tackle efforts in Weeks 3 and 4, and was once again solid in the run game overall, posting the second-best tackle total of his seven-season career. He seemed to adapt well to the nuances of new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, which called for him to be a part of a wider variety of personnel groupings than in former head coach Lovie Smith's system. On the books for a modest $2 million cap hit in 2017, McDonald figures to once serve as a dependable presence in the middle of the Bucs' defensive line.
After injuring his ankle in practice, Dye was placed on injured reserve in mid-December. While his procedure Monday required screws to re-set a ligament in his ankle and will sideline the receiver for about six weeks, Dye should be ready in time for summer OTAs.
Sims joined the Buccaneers practice squad a week ago and will now have an opportunity to spend the offseason with the team. However, the former Alabama quarterback signed with the team as a running back so he'll compete for a spot in the team's backfield over the next several months.
The deal gives the Buccaneers refusal rights only, which essentially means if Smith receives an offer from another team, the Buccaneers have the right to match and keep the defensive end. However, if he does leave, the Buccaneers do not receive any draft-pick compensation. The 26-year-old's season ended abruptly after he suffered a torn ACL during Week 1's win over the Falcons. Look for more updates on his road to recovery to come throughout the offseason.
Martin played just eight games in the first season of his five-year, $35.75 contract, first missing an extended stretch with a hamstring injury, and then sitting out Week 17 due to a four-game suspension stemming from a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The suspension voids more than $7 million in guarantees from his contract, allowing the Bucs to easily move on from a deal that already looks like a mistake. Martin has a pair of 1,400-yard rushing seasons (2012, 2015) to his name, but he's only played 57 of a possible 80 games through five years, and he managed just 144 carries for 421 yards (2.9 YPC) in 2016. Although he is said to be doing well after completing a stay at a rehab center in February, the 28-year-old running back will still be unavailable for Week 1-3. Given his injury history, salary and inconsistent track record, Martin is in serious danger of being released before the season. His fate might be sealed in late April if the Bucs use a high draft pick on a running back. The team re-signed Jacquizz Rodgers and will also return both Charles Sims and Peyton Barber.
Pamphile is in line to return to game action in Week 12 after missing the Buccaneers' last two games. Expect the former fifth-rounder to be suited up Sunday, especially given the fact that he's already logged multiple full-participation practices this week.
Shorts suffered a devastating right knee injury in early December that included a torn ACL, MCL, and PCL, not to mention a dislocated kneecap. The short end of his recovery timeline would put him on schedule to be ready for training camp ahead of the 2018 campaign while the latter end would rule him out for that season entirely. Either way, in order to play again, the diminutive receiver will not only have to recover in full but also regain the necessary burst to separate from opposing defenders. A return from a catastrophe like this would be a gruesome task for any player, but for a 29-year-old veteran whose already shown signs of decline, it seems nearly impossible.
Jackson's speed and elusiveness make him an ideal complement to the hulking Mike Evans in a young and talented Buccaneers offense. After bouncing back to (barely) produce his fifth career 1,000-yard campaign in his third and final season in Washington, the 30-year-old Jackson made out quite well in negotiations for an aging wideout with durability concerns. He'll be the unquestioned No. 2 target in a Tampa Bay offense that previously lacked complementary weapons behind Evans. Jameis Winston has the arm strength to find Jackson deep down the field, but Evans presumably will continue to hog the QB's attention near the end zone.
The 2016 first-round pick experienced the typical ups-and-downs of a first year-player, particularly one playing as volatile position as cornerback. Hargreaves certainly got the proverbial baptism by fire, as he was the subject of a league-high 113 targets, 80 of which were converted into receptions. That volume led the rookie to surrender 1,069 yards receiving overall, a high-water mark in the league last season. Despite the negatives inherent in those numbers, they may ultimately prove to be a blessing in disguise, as they afforded Hargreaves an abundant amount of reps right from the onset of his rookie campaign. With 16 games now under his belt and a wealth of talent, Hargreaves could potentially display significant improvement in 2017 if he's able to make the necessary adjustments over the offseason.
Renfree appears to have a legitimate path towards making the final roster in Tampa Bay as last years No. 2 QB, Mike Glennon, seems destined to land elsewhere via free agency for a chance to earn a starting gig. In turn, last year's No. 3, Ryan Griffin, should bump up a slot, clearing room for Renfree to secure third-string duties.
The veteran pass rusher, inked to a three-year, $19.5 million free-agent contract last offseason, had a rather uneven start to his Bucs tenure, suffering an ankle injury in Week 2 against the Cardinals and missing the subsequent four games. However, Ayers came on strong over the last month-plus of the campaign, recording sacks in four of the last six contests. He also notched a season-high six tackles against the Bears in Week 10, but didn't record more than three stops in any of the other 11 games he participated in. Ayers couldn't quite duplicate the career 2015 season he enjoyed with the Giants in which he set personal bests in tackles (41) and sacks (9.5), but his 6.5 quarterback takedowns in 2016 did represent the second-best total of his career. With the possibility of a full 16 games and a second season in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme on tap in 2017, Ayers could certainly be poised to build on this past season's production.
Baker had 47 tackles, including 3.5 sacks, with the Redskins last season. The 29-year old defensive end will fit in alongside William Gholston, Robert Ayers, and Gerald McCoy on the Buccaneers defensive line in 2017.
Glanton recorded 14 tackles in 16 games last season, primarily playing a role on special teams. Only 26, the linebacker will now have another year to further his development with the Buccaneers.
The versatile 30-year-old had been rumored to be a potential salary-cap cut this offseason, but Wednesday's bonus payment put that possibility to rest. Smith will thus play out the final season of his four-year contract with the Bucs in 2017 and is expected to at a minimum serve as a valuable backup along the interior of the offensive line. Smith is even a candidate to compete for the starting center job he'd held in 2014, but Tampa also re-signed Joe Hawley later Wednesday, who held down that role last season when healthy.
Robinson served as a key member of Tampa Bay's special teams corps last season after spending the first four seasons of his pro career in Minnesota. He'll likely reprise that role in 2017 and will add depth at safety for the Buccaneers.
The veteran tackling machine posted what was easily his lowest total of stops of any season in which he'd played at least 14 games. Smith held down the starting strongside linebacker job throughout the duration of the campaign, but the drop in his production was especially notable considering he was coming off the three most prolific seasons of his career from a tackles perspective. New defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, which Smith had played in for four seasons (2004-07) in Jacksonville, seemed to funnel a great deal of the action to MLB Kwon Alexander, who posted 145 tackles. The 13-year pro notably wasn't the only established linebacker on the Bucs to see a precipitous drop in his numbers -- Lavonte David's 87 tackles also represented a low-water mark for him -- so the downturn likely wasn't exclusively age-related. However, Smith is now an unrestricted free agent, and given his largely disappointing season, the Bucs would currently appear unlikely to bring him back into the fold for 2017.
Huff's 2016 season wasn't dull by any stretch, with the third-year receiver opening the season as a starter in Philadelphia, picking up DUI, drug possession and weapons charges, getting subsequently released by the Eagles, and then latching on with the Bucs and eventually making his way onto the active roster. The University of Oregon product had shown more than enough play-making ability in his two-plus seasons with the Eagles, during which he'd notched 48 receptions on 75 targets for 482 yards and four touchdowns in 34 games, while also compiling 1,165 yards and touchdowns of 107 and 98 yards on 42 punt returns. Huff was promoted to the Bucs' active roster on Dec. 6 after a near month-long stay on the practice squad and was also signed to a two-year contract extension on the same day, insuring that he'll have a chance to continue developing his skills in Tampa for the foreseeable future. Blessed with excellent speed and a diverse skill set, Huff is a fantasy prospect with some upside heading into the offseason, given the team's need to find multiple viable options in the passing game alongside Mike Evans. His play-making ability on special teams gives an additional boost to his potential value in formats that take return yards and touchdowns into account.
Johnson's spot on the active roster was made possible the placement of Charles Sims (pectoral) on IR. Johnson figures to serve as a blocker out of the backfield during Sunday's regular season finale against the Panthers.
Gholston's deal is reportedly worth a maximum of $37 million and includes $13.7 million in guarantees. The 25-year-old missed two games due to an elbow injury this past season, but he still finished with 49 tackles, including nine for loss, and three sacks from his run-stuffing role. Considering only Gerald McCoy played more snaps than Gholston among Tampa Bay's defensive linemen, retaining the two-year starter ensures stability is kept up front going into next season.
Wilcox should join the starting strong safety mix with the Buccaneers in 2017 after racking up 49 tackles (37 solo) and one interception with the Cowboys last season. His competition at the spot comes in the form of Chris Conte and Keith Tandy.
The veteran tackle appears to be on the right track for active status in the Week 17 finale against the Panthers. Dotson's presence has been missed during the last two games that he's been sidelined, as Jameis Winston has taken six sacks over that stretch.
Jackson is slated to hit free agency after ending both of the last two seasons on injured reserve due to knee issues. Despite being 34 years old, Jackson still feels there's room left in the tank to continue his career. Just how much interest he receives in free agency remains to be seen, leaving his diminished fantasy stock in limbo, but the veteran isn't calling it quits yet.
Humphries will consequently remain in Tampa for the 2017 season and become a restricted free agent in 2018. Humphries was a solid contributor as a possession receiver for the Buccaneers last season, finishing with a career-high 55 receptions for 622 yards, both good for third on the team behind emerging superstar Mike Evans and tight end Cameron Brate. The undrafted free agent will be able to have any offer from another team matched by the Buccaneers in 2018.
The fifth-year pro once again dutifully served as one of the better blockers at his position in the NFL, battling a troublesome ankle injury that ultimately cost him four games along the way. Stocker's reception, target and yardage totals were the lowest of his career, as his job helping to clear lanes in the running game clearly takes precedence in the Bucs' offensive system. While Tampa didn't exactly enjoy prolific success on the ground this past season -- checking in as the 24th-ranked unit with 1,616 rushing yards and an average of 101.0 per game -- Stocker's veteran presence, familiarity with the offense and modest $1.7 million cap hit in 2017 seem to assure him of another season on the roster.
The undrafted rookie from Auburn bucked the odds in 2016, heading to the practice squad after a solid preseason and then receiving a promotion to the active roster in advance of the regular-season opener. Barber logged 45 special teams snaps in Weeks 1, 3 and 4 before seeing his first work from scrimmage in Week 5 against the Panthers, after hamstring and knee injuries had felled Doug Martin and Charles Sims, respectively. The 22-year-old went on to see double-digit totes in three contests overall, with a 12-carry, 84-yard, one-touchdown effort in Week 7 against the Niners serving as the high point of his season. Barber saw a good deal of short-yardage and red-zone work, with his eight carries inside the opponents' 20-yard line ranking him third on the team behind Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers. A 1,000-yard rusher in his second and final season for the Tigers, Barber offers some potential despite a lack of seasoning after only 248 carries at the collegiate level. With the Bucs' backfield enveloped in uncertainty as the offseason begins due to Doug Martin's PED suspension, Barber figures to be given every opportunity to retain a roster spot in 2017.
With Mike Glennon expected to sign with Chicago, the 27-year-old Griffin could have a clear path to the No. 2 quarterback role, assuming he doesn't get a substantial offer from another team. The Bucs could've given Griffin a $2.7 million tender, which would require another team to forfeit a second-round selection if it signed Griffin to a contract Tampa Bay didn't want to match. The lower tender should be enough to keep him around, as Griffin has never taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game.
Bond had practiced fully for the past two weeks but was ultimately ruled out of the team's first two games. It's unclear what the specifics of his injury are but it's unlikely he plays at all this season. Josh Keyes was resigned to fill Bond's spot.
Martin's suspension cost him $7 million in guarantees, making it more palatable for the Buccaneers to simply release him in the wake of an ineffective season that was plagued by both injuries and the suspension. Even if he sticks around, Martin will miss the first three games, and then may have to re-prove himself to the team. Sims also saw his 2016 campaign marred by injuries, limiting him to 75 touches (24 catches) in only seven games. He landed on injured reserve with a pectoral injury prior to Week 17, but there's been nothing to suggest the ailment will be a factor for the upcoming season, which means Sims should be locked into his usual role as the passing-down back. He'll have the potential for a bit more than that -- especially if Martin is released or ineffective -- but the Bucs also have Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber in the mix for carries. Given Sims' injury history, Rodgers' middling track record and Barber's inexperience, the Bucs may also look to upgrade via the draft.
Ward was promoted from the practice squad Thursday, but he'll ultimately stay on the sidelines Sunday. His last action came in Week 9 against Atlanta, although he saw just four total snaps.
Stone has played in three games. Quarterback Matt Ryan said Stone performed well after replacing Konz in the first quarter Week 7 at Baltimore. "I thought James Stone did a great job of coming in and filling in for Peter," Ryan told the team's website.
The veteran tight end, once thought to be an emerging pass-catching threat after totaling 126 receptions for 1,328 yards and eight touchdowns over the 2012-2013 seasons, has primarily been deployed as a blocker in his three Bucs campaigns. Myers' reception and yardage totals this past season were his lowest outside of his 2009 rookie year in Oakland, although he did record his first touchdown in a Tampa uniform in the opener against the Falcons. Now an unrestricted free agent and 31 years of age, Myers could well have played his last snap with the Bucs, as Cameron Brate is the clear-cut offensive weapon at the position, Luke Stocker is younger and a better overall blocker, and promising prospect Tevin Westbrook, who's spent the last two years on the practice squad, has been signed to a futures contract and is expected to compete for a roster spot next summer. Myers could potentially latch on a roster in need of some veteran tight end help, or in a less likely scenario, return to the Bucs on a veteran minimum-type deal.
Released by Chicago after the preseason, Rodgers surprisingly found himself in a prominent role with Tampa Bay later in the year, helping the Bucs overcome injuries to Doug Martin (suspension) and Charles Sims (pectoral). Rodgers is probably only the third option when everyone's available, but Martin and Sims have both struggled to stay healthy, and Martin has three games remaining on the suspension he was handed in December.
Hughes had previously been demoted from the Bucs' active roster on Saturday in order for Donteea Dye to fill in at wide receiver, but he returns to provide depth on the defensive line after the release of safety Major Wright.
Cherilus hasn't formally decided to retire, but he reportedly isn't looking for a new contract this offseason either. Once the Lions' first-round selection back in 2008, the 32-year-old veteran has played in 132 games across the past nine seasons and was regarded as an above-average offensive lineman during his five years in Detroit. However, his performance largely declined thereafter to where he spent this past season in Tampa Bay as a mere backup. While he seems intent on sitting out at least the 2017 campaign, a return for the 2018 season technically remains in the picture.
He'll add depth at running back with Doug Martin set to be inactive again as a healthy scratch. With Martin's surprising benching, it's not clear how carries will be divided among Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims or Peyton Barber.
Hawley has played in 30 of 32 games for the Buccaneers over the last two seasons, including 29 starts, so he's been a dependable guy who's avoided the injury bug. He should tentatively slot back in as the team's starting center, although he'll still have to solidify that starting role during training camp.
The tight end has spent the last two seasons on the Buccaneers' practice squad and will now spend the offseason with the team in the hopes of making the 53-man roster next season.
The rookie will take the roster spot of the suspended Jude Adjei-Barimah and provide some depth at corner for the depleted Bucs, who also saw Brent Grimes suffer a quad injury in Sunday's game against the Chiefs. If Grimes is unable to suit up for the Week 12 tilt against the Seahawks, Elliott and Josh Robinson figure in as the top backups behind presumed starters Alterraun Verner and Vernon Hargreaves.
Allen was claimed off waivers from the Bucs last week, but was inactive for his only game as a member of the 49ers last Sunday against the Falcons. His release clears room for the addition of Andrew Gardner.
The much-heralded 2016 second-round pick from FSU had a rocky start to his NFL career, making just 71 percent of his 31 field-goal attempts, worst in the league in 2016. Aguayo's problems were largely centered on kicks of 40-plus yards, a distance from which he was only 4-for-10 despite his longest attempt on the season coming from just 43 yards away. It was a stark contrast his storied college career, one that saw him win the Groza Award and leave the Seminoles as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. Aguayo certainly has the pedigree to right the ship, however, and also can look to two of the league's longest-tenured and most successful kickers, fellow FSU alumnus Sebastian Janikowski and Stephen Gostowski, for inspiration. The former went 22-for-32 in his rookie season in 2000 after enduring even more pressure as a first-round pick, while the latter was successful on just 70 percent of his attempts in his first season as well. Folk certainly serves as formidable competition for Aguayo, though, considering his proven track record and the fact that he boasts success rates of between 81.3 and 91.7 percent on his attempts over the last four seasons.
The Pro Bowl linebacker apparently sustained a minor shoulder ailment at some point during Week 1, but he was still on the field for all 65 defensive snaps against the Falcons. Given his full particpation Wednesday, David doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing the Week 2 tilt against the Cardinals.
Martino brings above-average speed, and accordingly, was able to parlay his 11 targets into 142 yards, one touchdown and an impressive 17.8 YPC in 2016. The 25-year-old saw his opportunity as a result of the decimated status of the Bucs receiving corps, and although a major reinforcement has arrived in the form of prize acquisition DeSean Jackson, the departure of former fourth wideout Russell Shepard to the Carolina Panthers might once again serve as a path to playing time for Martino, who bumps up a notch on the depth chart for the moment. Naturally, the draft, other potential free-agent signings, training camp and the preseason could all serve to alter the current receiver landscape in Tampa to varying degrees, but Martino has a favorable history with head coach Dirk Koetter, as well as some positive regular-season game tape on his side for the first time in his career.
Reedy will thus be out of uniform for the second straight week following a call-up from the practice squad.
The 33-year-old corner turned in an above-average campaign overall, snagging four interceptions and notching 24 passes defensed overall. His durability -- which was evidenced by the fact he only missed 64 snaps all season -- allowed him to supplement his base salary in relatively robust fashion. He'll have an even better opportunity to earn bonuses in 2017, as the second year of his contract calls for the veteran ballhawk to earn a total of $1.5 million if he can log at least 80 percent of the snaps. Grimes is a near-lock to reprise his starting cornerback job next season opposite promising second-year player Vernon Hargreaves, given both his solid play and the lack of experienced depth at the position.
McCoy was at his most active in the season finale, with his tackle total representing a season-high figure. The seventh-year pro was a seamless fit into defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, posting a solid seven sacks while also equaling a career high in forced fumbles (two) and establishing a new personal best in fumble recoveries (two) and passes defensed (five). McCoy was once again besieged by nagging injuries but still played 15 games, and has demonstrated the capacity to consistently overcome those ailments and deliver positive results. The 28-year-old now has 33.5 sacks over the last four seasons, and could be even more effective in 2017 playing in Smith's system for a second season.
Folk put together a solid season in 2016 by converting 27 of 31 field goals and his numbers could have looked even better considering three of his four missed attempts were blocked. Meanwhile, Roberto Aguayo, who the Bucs traded up to select in the second round of last year's draft, was true on just 22 of 31 attempts in what ultimately was a disappointing campaign for a kicker selected so high. While it's fair to wonder whether the hefty expectations placed upon the rookie are to blame for his first-year struggles, Aguayo still failed to perform at a league-average level and could find himself dueling with Folk for the starting job in training camp this summer if he's unable to turn things around.
Johnson played in 11 games for Tampa Bay last year, recording 23 tackles in two forced fumbles while seeing the field for 39.4 percent of the teams defensive snaps. It's unclear what exactly his hip injury is at this point, but it was enough for the team to officially end his season just a day after the injury. With him out, look for Cliff Matthews and Jacquies Smith to see some extra reps with the second unit.
Sweezy started the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, but never returned to full strength, so that's also where he ended the year. However, in late January general manager Jason Licht confirmed that Sweezy has been cleared to return to action. Thus, expect the offensive lineman to be fully available for offseason activities and, most importantly, the start of the 2017 campaign.
Conte has been the Buccaneers' starting safety for the past two seasons, and he likely will be once again in 2017. He had 69 tackles and five passes defensed, including two interceptions and one touchdown while playing in 14 games in 2016.
Brate ended up missing the Bucs' Week 17 game against the Panthers while dealing with a small fracture in the transverse process of his spine, but the tight end's agent confirmed Wednesday that his client is "good to go" for OTAs in April. The 25-year-old submitted in breakout season in 2016, supplanting Ausitn Seferian-Jenkins as the team's starting tight end and hauling in 57 catches for 660 yards, trailing only Pro Bowl wideout Mike Evans in both categories for the team. The Buccaneers have already re-signed Brate to an exclusive rights free-agent deal that will keep him in the fold for 2017, so look for him to remain highly involved in the Tampa Bay passing attack for at least another year.
Verner would have been owed $6.5 million in 2017. He saw a reduced workload in 2016 compared to his first two seasons in Tampa Bay, recording only 16 tackles compared to 76 and 56 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. A big reason for this regression was the emergence of rookie Vernon Hargreaves, who took over as the starting corner opposite Brent Grimes last season and racked up 76 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. Verner still has value as a defender, and should find himself on an NFL roster come September.
The veteran safety finished off the season in fine fashion, racking up 40 tackles (30 solo) over the final four games. Tandy also racked up four picks over the last five contests of the season, victimizing Cam Newton twice on Sunday and posting a career-best figure in that category overall in 2016. Despite having set a then-career high in tackles in 2015, Tandy's re-signing in March 2016 was primarily for depth purposes, as well as his solid special teams work. However, given his play in the latter stages of the campaign, the fifth-year pro figures to be heavily in the mix for a potential starting safety spot in 2017, the second year of his two-year, $1.85 million contract.