7 Big Moves Buccaneers Can Make in Free Agency

Caleb Abner@cjabshypeContributor IIIJanuary 14, 2013

7 Big Moves Buccaneers Can Make in Free Agency

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    Everyone knows how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers splurged in free agency last season (Vincent Jackson, Eric Wright, Carl Nicks; ring a bell?), but as of yet, it remains to be seen if the team will follow the same blueprint this year.

    So, in the hopes that they do, we have compiled a list of seven big moves the Bucs can make in free agency,

    Now sit back, relax and read on.

Re-Signing Ronde Barber

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    Considering everything Ronde Barber brings, no matter what the Bucs have to pay to keep him in Tampa, it will be a bargain.

    Combine 15 years of experience with an ideal attitude and a bounty of on-field skills (he even made ProFootballFocus's All-NFC South team) and you get nothing other than a future Hall of Famer who is doing nothing but adding to his already impressive resume. 

    So, if the Bucs can keep Barber out of retirement, they should pay whatever it takes.

Re-Signing Michael Bennett

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    In a perfect world, Michael Bennett would have already been re-signed.

    He's an underrated asset to a high-achieving defensive line and a very consistent performer to boot.

    Just look to his nine sacks and three forced fumbles for examples of his ability. 

    Of course, stats don't tell the whole story, so be assured Bennett is also a dominate presence in the run game as well as a fine pass-rusher.

Re-Signing E.J. Biggers

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    Though E.J. Biggers may have been inconsistent in 2012, he was still important to keeping the gutted secondary from falling apart completely.

    After Aqib Talib was traded and Eric Wright was injured/suspended for PEDs, it was Biggers who stepped up big time.

    The cornerback recorded 41 solo tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles, one interception and seven broken-up passes for the year, quite impressively for a guy only present in 13 games.

    If Biggers continues to improve at his current rate, we could be looking at someone special.

Signing Danny Amendola

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    Danny Amendola has never had more than 700 receiving yards in a season, but that doesn't mean he isn't a quality slot receiver.

    If not for injuries, Amendola could have had well over 1,000 yards this season and a whole lot more than the already-decent 38 first downs he put up.

    Adding Amendola would complete the Bucs' trio of quality wide receivers, giving them the slot presence they so sorely lacked in 2012.

Signing Henry Melton

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    Defensive tackle Henry Melton had 43 total tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and four stuffed runs this year for the Chicago Bears.

    Now imagine him paired with Gerald McCoy.

    Consider this case rested.

Signing Jairus Byrd

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    Should the Bucs prove unable to ensure Ronde Barber's services in 2013, signing Jairus Byrd would more than make up for the lose.

    In 2012, the safety from Buffalo managed 76 tackles, four forced fumbles, five interceptions and 10 stuffed runs.


    Putting him alongside Mark Barron would do nothing but strengthen the Bucs young defensive core.

Signing Chris Houston

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    Closing out this list is yet another way to improve the secondary for next year.

    In this case, the Bucs would sign cornerback Chris Houston, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons and currently a Detroit Lion, at least until free agency opens.

    Houston is a fine cover corner with six years of experience in the NFL. Experience is something the Bucs starting corners lack a great deal of.

    By signing Houston, the Bucs would have a consistent athlete to keep those pesky NFC South quarterbacks on their toes.