Bucs make flurry of moves before free agency opens

By Spectrum Sports Staff,
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't wait until NFL free agency officially opened on Wednesday to make a splash move.  Instead, the team made a series of moves to resign the top talent already on their roster.

Just three days after locking up star WR Mike Evans to a five-year extension, the Bucs made sure another one of Jameis Winston's key receiving targets will stay in the Bay Area too.  TE Cameron Brate agreed to a 6-year contract worth just under $41M, with $18M in guaranteed money.

Brate would have been a restricted free agent Wednesday, but the deal locks up one of the team's top red zone targets.  He has 14 TD receptions over the last two seasons and has grown into one of the top offensive weapons after signing with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent out of Harvard in 2014.

CB Brent Grimes has agreed to a one-year deal worth $10M.  The veteran CB will return to the Bucs for a third season, and his 13th overall in the league.  He recorded three interceptions and 11 pass breakups last season.

The team also placed a second-year tender on WR Adam Humphries, which will likely keep the team's second-leading receiver in 2017 in the fold for another season.  The Bucs will be able to match any contract that Humphries signs with another team, and if they choose to allow Humphries to leave the team, they would receive a second-round draft pick as compensation.

LB Adarius Glanton (Lake Gibson graduate) was also resigned to a one-year contract.

The Bucs can start signing free agents from other teams on Wednesday.  Potential targets include Eagles DT Beau Allen, Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh, Bears G Josh Sitton and RB Orleans Darkwa.