3 Best Offseason Moves From the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the biggest move of the entire NFL offseason, signing the 42-year-old Tom Brady to a two-year contract. While that move understandably dominated the headlines, the Buccaneers have made some other key transactions over the past few months.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the Buccaneers' three best moves from the 2020 offseason.
3. Signing Joe Haeg
Joe Haeg likely isn't the right tackle of the future in Tampa Bay, but with just a $1.5 million deal, the Buccaneers don't need him to be. He played just 72 snaps last season, but received a solid 71.9 grade from Pro Football Focus, and graded out with a 66.0 grade as a pass blocker over 987 snaps in 2017. Likely to invest in a tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft, Haeg could be an excellent fit as a backup or platoon option.
2. Keep the Defensive Line Intact
In re-signing Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett, the Buccaneers brought back a combined 28 sacks and 53 quarterback hits. Tampa Bay also re-signed Ndamukong Suh, who was a key part in anchoring the league's best rush defense, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. With a dangerous front seven, Tampa Bay looks poised to field a competitive defense next season.
1. Signing Tom Brady
Of course, none of these moves can top the addition of Tom Brady. Last season, the Buccaneers were one of only three teams to finish with a top-five scoring offense and a top-five defense by DVOA. But Jameis Winston's 30 interception constantly put this team in tough positions. Brady, meanwhile, has a combined 29 interceptions over the last four seasons. He might not put up the gaudy numbers that Winston did last season, but he's going to give this team a much-better chance to win next season.
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