Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Which Free-Agency Cuts Should the Bucs Consider Signing?

Caleb AbnerContributor IIIMarch 13, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 16: Chad Henne #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars scrambles away from Karlos Dansby #58 of the Miami Dolphins during a game  at Sun Life Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Welcome to the second wave of free agency (i.e., the second day of free agency.)

Since 2013's signing period began on Tuesday, we have seen a flurry of signings, as teams try to scoop up the best of the crop before anybody else.

Now with the cream gone, we turn to second-tier FAs and premier talents who are simply taking their time with their decisions.

But along with the signings came roster cuts. 

Many talented players have been released in the last week or so in order to clear cap space.

Which ones should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers consider signing?


LB Karlos Dansby

With new acquisition Dannell Ellerbe, the Miami Dolphins no longer require the services of Karlos Dansby. They plan to release the linebacker soon. 

Dansby may be 31 years old, but that doesn't mean he's a liability on the field. 2012 actually was the 10-year veteran's best year statistically, with career highs of 134 total tackles and nine defended passes. 

Adding Dansby would mean either he or incumbent middle linebacker Mason Foster would have to move to the strong side (weak-side backer Lavonte David ain't going nowhere).

But either way, adding a good tackler like Karlos Dansby would only improve the run defense.


CB Antoine Winfield

When former Minnesota Viking Antoine Winfield refused to take a pay cut and was subsequently released, it came as great news to cornerback-needy teams. 

The Bucs are a cornerback-needy team.

ProFootballFocus ranks Winfield as the top free-agent corner available. That is a very good tag to have. 

But should one not trust the view of highly skilled evaluators who review what occurs every single snap, there are always stats to look at. 

Winfield has stats that back up his talent. In 2012, he recorded a career-high number of tackles (101), a solid 12 passes defended, three interceptions and even a half-sack. 

Reduce him to his game tape, and we get an incredible run defender and a good cover corner.

Signing Winfield could fill the hole that the Aqib Talib trade created.


TE Kellen Davis

Tampa Bay doesn't have any standout tight ends under contract at this time; Luke Stocker has potential, but potential only means you aren't there yet. It doesn't seem like any moves are being made to re-sign Dallas Clark.

While Kellen Davis might not be an elite tight end, he could be a cheap way to get the tight end corps up to code. He'll drop the ball more often then he should, but as a relatively inexpensive veteran (the Chicago Bears didn't deem him worthy of $3 million a year, per NFL.com's Marc Sessler, so he could go for significantly less in 2013), Davis is worth considering as an addition to the offense.

The Bucs don't have to sign any of these three players. But all three at least merit consideration.

Now it's time to watch some Dashon Goldson tape...