Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last season’s record: 7-9
Key players released: LB Quincy Black, RB D.J. Ware, G Roger Allen
Retired: S/CB Ronde Barber
Key free agents lost: T Jeremy Trueblood, DE Michael Bennett, DT Roy Miller, CB E.J. Biggers
Key free agents re-signed: QB Dan Orlovsky, LS Andrew Economos
Key free agents added: S Dashon Goldson, LB Jonathan Casillas, WR Kevin Ogletree, TE Tom Crabtree, DT Derek Landri, K Nate Kaeding (later retired), RB Brian Leonard, WR Steve Smith (later retired), WR Eric Page
Key players traded: WR Arrelious Benn, RB LeGarrette Blount
Key trade additions: CB Darrelle Revis, RB Jeff Demps
Rd. 2 (No. 43 overall)… Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
3 (73)… Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
4 (100)… Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
4 (126)… William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
5 (147)… Steven Means, DE/LB, Buffalo
6 (189)… Mike James, RB, Miami
Analysis: For the Buccaneers, much hinges on the success of the April trade in which they sent a pair of draft picks, this year’s first-rounder and a conditional selection next year, to the New York Jets for cornerback Darrelle Revis. The Buccaneers signed Revis to a six-year, $96 million contract that includes no guaranteed money, and crossed their fingers that Revis can return from last season’s knee injury and regain the form that has led to him being widely acclaimed as the league’s top cornerback.
If that happens, the deal will have been well worth it to the Buccaneers. It will have given them perhaps the sport’s top defender at a relatively reasonable price. And it may vault them into contender’s status in the NFC.
Revis is to be joined in the Tampa secondary by safety Dashon Goldson, a free-agent addition from the San Francisco 49ers. Mainstay Ronde Barber opted to retire.
The Buccaneers made an intriguing move in the draft when they chose North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon (Westfield H.S.) in the third round. That gives the team a fall-back option if current starter Josh Freeman disappoints. Freeman threw for 27 touchdowns and more than 4,000 yards last season. But he also had 17 interceptions and completed just less than 55 percent of his passes.
The Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers all have hopes of becoming the team that challenges the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South this season after finishing in a three-way tie for second place last season with 7-9 records. If the Revis trade works out for the Buccaneers, their chances of being that team will be bolstered considerably.
Why Redskins fans should care: The teams play one another in the preseason finale Aug. 29 in Tampa, Fla.
Conversation starter: Which team got the best of the Darrelle Revis trade?
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