To review: The Bucs’ overhaul has included getting rid of their best player in Darrelle Revis, but then using the savings to reel in a number of members of the NFL’s middle class, solid players (many of them starting-caliber) who simply do not command the kind of money that one Revis contract did. Among them: highly sought-after cornerback Alterraun Verner, new starting quarterback Josh McCown and several pieces to reshape both the offensive and defensive lines. In all, Tampa Bay’s new regime has signed nine unrestricted free agents, at least seven of whom can be safely penciled in as starters.
The end result: The team’s glaring needs have been reduced, but it says something that the Bucs were in the mix for receiver Emmanuel Sanders before the Broncos (them again) signed him over the weekend. A wide receiver from a very deep draft class almost certainly will be a consideration with the seventh overall pick, but between now and the end of the draft, the Bucs still could stand to add a third cornerback (Mike Jenkins reportedly visited with the team on Monday) and a guard to fill out the retooled offensive line.