Ranking the 2014 Impact of Tampa Bay's Free-Agent Signings so Far

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Ranking the 2014 Impact of Tampa Bay's Free-Agent Signings so Far
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The 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers would have a hard time recognizing themselves today.

Head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht completely retooled the Bucs from bow to stern. Their moves in free agency gave both the offense and the defense new looks.

Offensively, the Bucs tore down their offensive line, cutting veteran left tackle Donald Penn and guard Davin Joseph and trading center Jeremy Zuttah to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2015 draft pick, per Fox Sports' Peter Schrager:

The offensive line is just the beginning. Change is brewing under center with the Bucs' acquisition of quarterback Josh McCown and the possibility of drafting a signal-caller with the seventh overall pick in this year's draft.

On defense, the Bucs made some drastic changes to mold the roster to better fit Smith's scheme. The Bucs released cornerback Darrelle Revis when he refused to take a pay cut.

This move helped make room for many of Smith and Licht's additions to the roster.

While it is not 100 percent clear what role each player will fill once the season starts, there are enough clues between the pages of their freshly signed contracts to glean their importance to the organization.

Here are the rankings of the impact of each of the Bucs' free-agent signings thus far in 2014.

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