Despite catcalls from the 300 level at Raymond James Stadium, making the argument that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ownership are cheap is now going to be a bit more difficult. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added three high-profile free agents in WR Vincent Jackson, CB Eric Wright as well as the addition of the top interior offensive lineman in the 2012 free agency period, Carl Nicks. The Buccaneers have committed over 140 million dollars to signing these there players, quite the jump after last season’s free agency period, signing a punter as the marquee move.
WR Vincent Jackson is going the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and after signing a 5-year $55 million dollar contract, Jackson by default becomes the Buccaneers number one receiver. At age 29, the deal for Jackson is very aggressive. Jackson has recorded three 1,000 plus receiving seasons in the last four with the Chargers, but he comes with some off field issues. I think the Buccaneers have overpaid for Jackson’s services, but his addition makes an immediate upgrade at the receiver position.
OG Carl Nicks was announced this afternoon by the Buccaneers as another former New Orleans Saints lineman to join the Buccaneers. Nicks will join the Buccaneers as one of the highest sought after interior linemen in this season’s free agency period. This move will allow OL Jeremy Zuttah to move into the center position, a very strong signing by the Buccaneers.
The last player, to date, the Buccaneers have inked is CB Eric Wright. Wright was the third leading tackler for the Detroit Lions last season, recording 73 tackles and four interceptions. This is a bonus addition for the Buccaneers, a team with serious need at perhaps each corner position.
Many in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fanbase feel that the ownership has been working things on the cheap in recent years, but with the opening of free agency this season, the Buccaneers have spent millions and their effort should be respected by the fanbase.
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