Not knowing what the salary cap is going to be for 2012, there is no real way to plan a course of what most teams are going to do once free agency starts.
Tampa Bay, on the other hand, is going to have a TON of cap space regardless of what the final number is, as their top 51 contracts are valued at $92.7 million. This gives them more money than every team in the NFL except the Cincinnati Bengals.
With the new CBA rules, Tampa is going to have to start using that cap space, and bring in some quality players to turn the franchise around.
This year, with the restricted free agency hassle from last year cleared up, looks to be the best free agency possibly ever in the NFL.
With over $30 million in cap space, Tampa could close the gap between them and the other teams in the NFC. For that kind of money, you could sign two quality starters on both the offense and the defense.
Here is who Tampa should consider bringing on board.
Mario Williams (Texans) DE - Mario Williams could be the best free agent not only this year, but ever. He brings a presence to a defensive line (4-3) and could bring the experience to get the young Buccaneer line to be one of the best in the league.
Cortland Finnegan (Titans) CB - With Ronde Barber at the end of his career, and Aqib Talib in legal trouble as well, Finnegan would be an upgrade over both of them. With shut down ability even against the run, Finnegan could bring an attitude to the Bucs secondary.
Vincent Jackson (Chargers) WR - Big, fast and strong. With Jackson finally escaping the purgatory that was the San Diego Chargers, he'll finally be able to go to the team of his choosing. Jackson would make Josh Freeman a lot better, and give all the NFC South teams headaches.
Peyton Hillis (Browns) RB - Yes, Hillis and the Browns had issues in 2011. Hillis needs a new start, and Tampa would be the perfect place. He is a throw back player, and would remind Bucs fans of Mike Alstott.
These players would move Tampa's defense to one of the best in the league, and could make their offense a threat to put a LOT of points on the board.