Winners, Losers of Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Offseason so Far

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Winners, Losers of Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Offseason so Far
Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Just like every NFL season has its winners and losers, so too does the NFL offseason.

The hiring of head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht this offseason transmogrified attitudes toward the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization. In a matter of months, the Bucs have gone from a bottom-dwelling punchline to a rising contender, at least on paper.

Of course, Smith's Bucs have yet to put on pads, much less play a down. Nevertheless, Lovie's arrival and subsequent revamp of the roster left a number of winners and losers in his wake.

Most of the Bucs returning from the disastrous 2013 season will benefit from Smith's hiring, but not all. Weaker veterans will be exposed and likely culled from the roster.

Every NFL offseason entails competition for roster spots. Many players will lose out due to injury keeping them from demonstrating their value or simply because they aren't good enough.

Some players will enjoy greater success by the very nature of roster and organizational turnover. Adding better talent to lighten the load and shedding inferior notions of winning football can maximize the potential of some of Bucs' better players.

Only training camp and the preseason remain before the start of the 2014 season. Of the offseason so far, the following winners and losers have little time to affect their fates for better or worse.

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