How About an NFC South thread?

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  1. TMC

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    So we've re-signed our LT, Donovan Smith, to a three-year deal, which usually is a good move, but every Bucs fan (the few left) is already asking for Litch's head.

    We're basically going to pay Smith the equivalent of the franchise tag for three years. And the best trait Smith has is... well, he doesn't get injured. That's good and all, but if that's your best trait and your worst is "consistency issues", that's not exactly a recipe for success.

    So, after this move, the Bucs have three guys (three!!!!) making over $10 million per year for a very average o-line: Smith, Ryan Jensen (love his fire, but he's overpaid. Period) and Ali Marpet (this one deserves it). What's worse, we're the ONLY NFL team paying that much to offensive linemen. If you're going to use so much money, you better get more than an average line.

    Also, seems like the team has made a long-term offer to Kwon Alexander, and that they do not care that much about his knee injury, and are pretty optimistic he's going to sign it. I like Kwon, but he also has consistency issues.

    What's more, it's not like we have a huge amount of money available under the cap. These two moves probably mean Humpreys is gone and that DeSean Jackson will be cut as well. Gerald McCoy is expected to be back, so that means we've got to get the money somewhere. Those are the guys I fully expect to go. And a few more, but probably not big names.
     
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    Looks like we signed Alexander.. and he's getting paid. Would you consider this a good signing for the niners TMC ?
     
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    I know this was directed at TMC and he will know best but certainly gives you speed at the position which is very important to the type of defense Saleh wants to run. He is a guy who can run to the ball, but doesn't always make the tackle. Inconsistent in his tackling but a pretty good signing.
     
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    Sh*t. Let's start by saying I hate losing him... Kwon was a great teammate, a team captain and a very productive player during his Bucs tenure.

    He's had coverage issues his whole career, but he's also been very productive. One of his main issues is staying healthy, tho, with tons of injuries keeping him off the field. Tackling, as Bada says, has been inconsistent. Then again, he'll have some "mental lapses" from time to time that will get Niners fans in "wtf?" mode.

    But that's the bad side. There's a very good side as well. As I've said, he's been really productive when healthy, a team leader and a very popular player in Tampa. I think he's a very good LB that should get better with proper coaching. He's strong, fast and will make a ton of tackles for your defense. You're gonna love him. And if he finds a way to make the game go slower for him and avoid those mental lapses, he's going to be a perennial pro bowler for you, guys.

    So I'd say, in terms of production, he's a very good signing. In terms of his contract, he's vastly overpaid, but hey, that's free agency...

    I would have rather keep Kwon instead of Donovan Smith. F*ck. Way to start Arians' tenure, by losing one of the few good defenders on the team.

    Really, really hope we take Devin White in the draft as his replacement, as we now have a big hole at MLB.


    We're also losing Adam Humphries to the Titans, a very productive slot WR. And have traded DeSean to Philly for a minor switch of picks (no complaining with this last move).

    So far, pretty sh*tty start of free agency.
     
  5. TMC

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    Gotta admit I'm quite happy with the signings in free agency. None of them are flashy, but they fill clear needs and, what matters most, most of them are one-year deals, so not risk involved (and even Donovan Smith's new deal, the biggest one, is basically a two-year deal, because all the guarantees are gone after the first two years).

    Not like we could do much more with barely enough cap room for the rookie class and not much else.

    Only real bad news are losing Kwon, but there was no way we could afford him at that prize tag.

    These are our signings so far:

    - Shaquil Barrett, who was a contributor in Denver but lost his starting spot to Chubb. He's going to replace Vinny Curry and he won't need to do much to make more of an impact.
    - Deone Bucannon, the "moneybacker" in Arizona and a guy that knows Bowles defense inside out and has played well in that scheme.
    - Breshad Perriman, who seems to have played better in Cleveland, but was cut in Baltimore because he wasn't able to catch a ball. He's got plenty of speed. Not sure he's the right guy for the slot, tho, but worth a try after playing well with the Browns and on a one-year deal.
    - Earl Watford becomes our new RG, which is a great thing, because Caleb Benenoch sucked last year at guard. Caleb is moving to backup tackle this year, which is his real position, and Watford should be an improvement over him on the inside.
    - Bradley Pinion, punter, who has been signed because Anger was making too much money. He's signed a four-year deal, but not much money and, hey, it's a punter.
    - Rakeem Nuñez-Roches, DT, who I expected to be just depth at DT. He's got GMC, Vea and Beau Allen (and Will Gholston!, who we haven't cut because... I don't know).
    - Ryan Griffin is back. He's been our third QB for a few years already, but hasn't played any meaningful snap. Don't think he's the answer as a backup if anything happens to Jameis (or if he plays as poorly as last year).
    - Peyton Barber is also back on a one-year deal, which kinda sucks. And it sucks because I like him a lot and think he can be a feature back. Hope Arians gets more out of him, because Koetter simply forgot about him after a couple of good runs.
    - De'Vante Harris also re-signed, and that's good news because he played really well at the end of last year.

    Guys we're looking at: RB Isiah Crowell, just cut by the Jets, former Green Bay safety Kentrell Brice, former Cards DE Markus Golden.

    So, even tho people in Tampa are angry at the Bucs not signing any big names, I think they're doing everything they can and adding proven players at positions of need. Only real bad side of the offseason has been, as I said, not being able to keep Kwon.
     

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