Second-guessing an NFL front office is a really easy thing to do from an arm chair. Any team that made as many moves as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made this offseason is bound to have its decisions questioned.
The brain trust of head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht entered One Buc Place with steely resolve. They were willing to make drastic and often controversial choices to reshape the Bucs roster to better fit their vision for the team.
The release of cornerback Darrelle Revis was particularly shocking as the Bucs had sacrificed a first-round pick in 2013 and a fourth-round pick in 2014 to acquire his services.
Smith was not completely sold on parting ways with Revis, according to Buccaneers.com's Scott Smith. Still, Smith calculated Revis' contract value against the chance to upgrade other parts of the roster and gambled losing a premiere cornerback by adding players like defensive end Michael Johnson and cornerback Alterraun Verner.
The Bucs also turned in a solid draft, bolstering their offense with wide receiver Mike Evans, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Charles Sims.
Only time will tell if the blueprint Smith and Licht used to reformat the roster will lead the Bucs back to respectability. However, there were some missed opportunities and missteps the Bucs made this offseason that could have made the Bucs an even better team.
The Bucs may have been too hasty with some of the players they jettisoned or allowed to walk away. They also missed out on players that were available in free agency and the draft who could have been cornerstones for the team long-term.
Here are five roster moves the Buccaneers should have made this offseason.