By Eric Schmidt

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been in the news in the last 24 hour news cycle with the rumors of CB Darrelle Revis being on the trade block. First-year Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith is wasting no time in order to reshape Tampa into the team that he wants on the field. With the opening of the 2014 calendar year and the start of free agency, Smith the the Buccaneers wasted no time adding players.

In the first hour of free agency the Buccaneers re-signed one of their own players, bolstered their defensive line and added a position of need, tight end.

Tampa added a pass rusher from the defensive end position with the signing of Michael Johnson. The deal is reportedly worth $43 million for five years with $23 million guaranteed.

The Buccaneers added more on the defensive line, adding former Seattle Seahawks DT Clinton McDonald. McDonald was not a starter for the World Champion Seahawks last season, but did add 5.5 sacks.

Tight end has been an issue for the Buccaneers in the last few seasons. Tim Wright came on late last season for the Buccaneers. During last offseason, Tampa acquired TE Tom Crabtree formally with the Green Bay Packers, but he battled injuries all of 2013 and never found the field. Tampa added TE Brandon Myers.

Myers spent 2013 with the New York Giants and agreed to a 2-year deal worth $4 million. Myers won’t be a game breaker for the Buccaneers, but he is a veteran and adds some stability for Tampa. Myers posted 47 receptions for 522 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.

The Buccaneers have reportedly also re-signed OL Jamon Meredith. Financial details are not known at this time. Meredith filled in nicely for Tampa on the offensive line while the Buccaneers dealt with several injury issues during the 2013 campaign.

The Buccaneers have announced that the team will hold a press conference at noon EST Wednesday to officially introduce their new signings. Tampa continues to be in the news surrounding the Darrelle Revis trade rumors.

 

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