Maybe just maybe there's a ray of hope.
Go ahead and set your alarms for 4 p.m. next Tuesday. That's when the madness begins.
This form of March Madness isn't basketball, it's free agency and it's an arena where Buccaneer faithful (if there are still faithful) are hoping for a sign.
"It's gonna be exciting" is what Bucs GM Mark Dominik said on Monday, welcoming Justin Pawlowski to his new gig there at 1010 CBS radio in the noon to 3 p.m. gig.
It's exciting for starters that Pawlowski finally has his own show. He does incredible work with the NFL draft and found himself homeless, from a radio station that is, when WDAE let him go.
It's may be exciting that Dominik called in and told Pawlowski, affectionately known as "The Commish," that the upcoming free agency period is "gonna be exciting".
Let's hope so.
Let's go through a quick review of who is out there in relation to the Bucs' most immediate needs.
Nicks is the youngest and most decorated and he probably has the most upside of anyone out there.
But will that translate to the Bucs' hierarchy?
The simple answer is, you never know.
So let's make a quick review.
The best of the bunch was franchise tagged by Kansas City. Dwayne Bowe is no longer an option for the Bucs or anyone else.
We've lobbied for this guy several times. He would be a perfect No. 1 for Josh Freeman and Mike Williams could slide to the No. 1 with Arrelious Benn at the No. 3. Immediate upgrade.
Look for the current Ram to be somewhere else after next week. A true No. 1.
Another Saint who could be on the move, but he's a No. 2.
Who knows what this guy has left in the tank. He really doesn't fit in with what's going on in Tampa. Too old, questionable work ethic and this team doesn't need that.
Fits the bill nicely here. Falcons are trying to work out a deal with him.
Look for this Detroit Lion to be on the move next week. He would fill the middle for the Bucs and let Mason Foster slide to the outside.
Kansas City can't franchise him. He would be an excellent starter in Tampa.
He says the Titans don't want him. The Bucs would, wouldn't they?
This New Orleans Saint may not want to sign with Tampa. There is no bounty program for extra income.
Those three positions are screaming for help. We'd list safeties but there really are none to get excited about. The Falcons just re-signed Thomas DeCoud and he was probably one of the better guys in a weak group. The Bucs would be better off addressing this position in the April draft.
This time next week, things will be heating up and hopefully there will be new Buccaneers to help this team and create some excitement as well.