This is the time of the year when we go numerically through all the players who appeared for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the past season, look at their performance, profile them and perhaps add comments on their prospective future with the franchise. 68  JOE HAWLEY    Games 4  Starts 2 Spent most of 2017 as a gameday inactive but moved up to the active playing roster in November following injuries and then took over as the starting center for the final two games. Had been the starting center for his two previous seasons with the Bucs having missed only one start due to injury. Signed as a free agent two weeks into the 2015 NFL season having spent the previous five years with the Atlanta Falcons where he made 25 starts at center. Was originally a 4th round pick of the Falcons in the 2010 draft. Click here for his full profile and picture gallery page
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MARCH 16th There is one former Buccaneer player blowing out the candles today and that is QB Mike Hold who like me, is now 53.   He saw action in the first two replacement games when he took over from starter John Reaves. Was invited to the 1988 training camp but was cut during pre-season. Also played extensively in the Arena League and had an 0-13 run as head coach of the Carolina Cobras in 2003. Had a cameo role in the film "The Program" with James Caan where he played one of the opposing QBs.
BUCS TAKING CARE OF THEIR OWN FIRST With every other announcement around the NFL last week of a player being released or traded, the social media bandwagon lost a wheel as it spiralled out of control in the Bay Area.   And then came the wave of news out of One Buc Place that brought relief to most and a lack of humility to others. The first piece of business was Mike Evans signs a contract extension worth $82.5M over five years.  Locking up your own best players is paramount to NFL success not only for the continued performance of a top asset but also for the message it sends to other players approaching the same situation (Jameis, Kwon etc).   Evans will become the leading receiver in franchise history in terms of yardage during 2018 and has proven to be one of the best 1st round picks in team annals. Slightly lesser but just as important was the extension given to Cameron Brate, $41M over six years.  A former practice squad player who was even released at one point, Brate has become a true weapon in the red zone and the drafting of OJ Howard in 2017 did not diminish his importance to the offense.   Neither did the signing of Adam Humphries to a second round tender meaning that the Bucs’ slot receiver and third down specialist will be part of Jameis’ arsenal in 2018. Re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick was a sensible move as was the one-year deal given to Brent Grimes which amounts to $7.5M plus incentives.  Grimes is almost certainly playing his final NFL season and this deal makes sense for both teams.    Adarius Glanton returns to the linebacking corps and the other team options were exercised with the exception of Joe Hawley who is likely to retire. Internal business taken care of - now comes the free agency jamboree with a lot of big names now out on the market nearly all of them coming with “buyer beware” tags.   Ndamukong Suh is this year’s Albert Haynesworth -  huge name, huge ego, huge disappointment,  There is a reason he is looking for his third NFL team.   Suh or McCoy?    I think that draft argument can finally be put to bed. The defensive line is the big goal for the Bucs over the next week.   With Denver seemingly lined up for Kirk Cousins, that takes another team out of the quarterback market in the draft and another team who could go looking for the only decent pass rusher in the first round, Bradley Chubb.  Buffalo moved up to the No.12 spot to give themselves more ammunition to get themselves a passer and the Bucs look more and more likely to trade partners for the Bills or perhaps Arizona should one of the top quarterbacks be available and Chubb and Quenton Nelson gone.    Either way, the deafening squealing from hysterical Buccaneer fans seems to have quietened for a few hours and we can all enjoy the peace whilst appreciating the moves the front office have made.