In just under three months since former Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano was fired, the Buccaneers look like a completely different team.
The new Bucs regime, led by new head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht, wasted no time imposing their vision of a winning team in Tampa. For many veteran players, it meant a pink slip.
Obviously the biggest move Smith and Licht made this offseason was the release of cornerback Darrelle Revis. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the Bucs' efforts to find a trade partner for Revis:
Short of a trade in the next two days, the Buccaneers are expected to release CB Darrelle Revis by 4 p.m. Wednesday, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
The Bucs failed to trade Revis and cut him, freeing up $16 million in cap space. Smith and Licht immediately put the money to use.
Over the past week, the Buccaneers signed several likely starters for 2014. At a press conference introducing the first batch of newly signed Buccaneers, Lovie Smith said, "We’re a 4-12 team, so we knew we had to look into all areas to improve. Luckily we had flexibility to do that, and then we had players that seemed like a perfect fit for what we wanted to do."
The 2014 Buccaneers will look vastly different than the 4-12 team lamented by Smith. Though the draft is still several weeks away, the starting lineup is beginning to take a definite shape.
Here is the Buccaneers' possible starting lineup in 2014.