TAMPA, Florida. For the first time in three years, Tom Brady isn’t a Buccaneers quarterback.
Tampa Bay signed free agent Baker Mayfield, who will compete with third-year reserve Kyle Trask for a spot in the starting lineup. These were just a few steps taken by the Bucs front office as they dealt with staff turnover and pay cap issues.
“It forces you to go out and do real deals, shop at the dollar store. Sometimes you find a real gem,” Bucks general manager Jason Licht said, addressing this offseason’s challenges. “We hope so. Right now, we are cautiously optimistic that we have found real gems. The task is always interesting. Our competitors are looking forward to it.”
Todd Bowles is entering his second season as head coach with the Bucks, but this is his first full offseason since taking over from Bruce Arians last spring. He also takes on the challenge of having a roster of 90 with 27 newcomers.
“We had the same group for a while. We have a lot of new guys. We have a lot of new faces. “I’m excited about this. The coaches are excited and we are looking forward to getting started.”
The Bucks agreed terms with experienced linebacker Willian Golston on Monday night.
Golston played all ten of his NFL seasons with Tampa Bay. His contract expired at the end of last season, but both sides agreed to bring the 31-year-old back for an 11th season, which was the right move.
“Just being able to give what I have, ten years of experience. Show them what I think about my rights and faults,” explained Golstone. “What I think an NFL player should be. This is how a man should be. I think it’s very important in the dressing room.”
Golston said he was spending a little more time with his family than in previous offseasons but was still dedicated to staying in shape when someone called him and said they wanted him to play.
“When the whistle blows, I will be ready,” he said with a smile. “I don’t know any other way.
Bucks linebacker Devin White reported the matter to the command post, but it’s unclear if he’ll be in the team’s first full practice tomorrow morning.
White, entering the final year of his contract, requested a trade after failing to receive an extension that offseason.
White, 25, showed up at a volunteer mini-camp last month.