Alterraun Verner, Anthony Collins, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Derrelle Revis, Donald Penn, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Green Bay Packers, Josh McCown, Michael Johnson, Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had an impactful free agency so far. The biggest move the Bucs have made so far is replacing Darrelle Revis with former Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner. Now Revis has shown that he can still play at the same level he had before his injury in 2012, but he is aging as a he enters is his eighth season and more than anything else the had to cut Revis because of the large cap hit they were going to take. Verner entering his 5th season had a similar season to Revis last year, in nearly every category except in passes defensed. Revis had eleven passes defensed to Verner’s twenty two. If Verner can prove that last year wasn’t a fluke and he can be a dominant shutdown corner like last year than this is a great signing.
The Buccaneers in 2013 were a little thin on the offensive line giving up 47 sacks, an average of 2.93 sacks a game. Evan Dietrich-Smith the former Packers center is a significant upgrade at center and should be able to bolster and anchor a weak offensive line. Anthony Collins is an upgrade over Donald Penn at the left tackle spot, another good move to bolster a weak offensive line.
The Buccaneers also signed former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson. In his five years in the league he has put up some decent numbers 202 combined tackles, 26.5 sacks 3 forced fumbles and recoveries as well as 3 interceptions and 25 passes defensed. Johnson’s sack numbers were down last year but he had career highs in tackles, passes defensed and forced fumbles. This is a good pick up and should give the Bucs some much needed help in the pass rush.
The second biggest move the Bucs made was signing former Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown. McCown is entering his twelfth year in the league, but as we saw down the stretch in Chicago last year he is still quite serviceable. Last season in eight games McCown had a 66.5% completion percentage, he threw 13 touchdowns and 1 interception. That is 5.8% touchdown percentage to a .4% interception percentage, which makes him a decent backup for Mike Glennon. Bucs fans should be worried though because last year was an anomaly in McCown’s career. McCown for his career has a touchdown percentage of 3.7 and a 3.3 interception percentage. His .4 differential is worrisome it means he hasn’t really been able to win in this league. Bucs fans are hoping that McCown will continue experiencing the Rich Gannon like resurrection of his career that began last season.