The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the midst of a very important offseason, having improved their 2012 win total by three from the season prior, yet needing to show further signs of improvement to convince ever-skeptical fans.
With ample salary cap space, a figure The Tampa Tribune is reporting to be as much as $30.1 million, the Bucs are expected to address some of their needs once free agency begins in early March.
That said, free agency is only one portion of the total offseason regiment.
Each team is rife with difficult decisions to make this time of year. Everything from having the draft to scout for and new players and coaches to acclimate to a system, to difficult personnel decisions such as which undrafted rookies to sign or which veterans to cut.
All with the understanding that everything done off the field between February and July directly impacts what happens on the field between September and January.
To that point, here are the five moves the Bucs must avoid this offseason.