With free agency fast approaching, Buccaneers101.com is here to give you a position by position breakdown on what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have headed into 2013 and which players they should be targeting to help bolster the roster.
Let’s start with the most important position on the field: quarterback.
QB Position Overview
Is this the last season we'll see Josh Freeman at the helm for the Bucs? Tampa Bay's 2009 first-round selection has had an up-and-down career, flashing some greatness and some stuff that should land him on the bench. Last year, Freeman played well … at times. He finished with a franchise record 4,065 passing yards and 27 touchdown passes. But Freeman also threw 17 interceptions and lost two fumbles. The 6-foot-6 Freeman has a ton of talent, he just hasn't it put it all together yet. Because of that, the Bucs have elected not to extend his rookie contract yet, which expires after the season, and he'll have to prove he wants to be the team's starting for the long haul.
QB Position Needs
Early in the offseason head coach Greg Schiano said he wanted to bring some competition in to push Freeman, but has since backed off that statement as of late. Dan Orlovsky is under contract after signing a 2-year, $2.5 million deal last March, but he doesn't appear to be the guy to compete with Freeman. Look for the Bucs to draft a QB in the mid-to-late rounds in April's draft or go after a cheap veteran in free agency.
Buccaneers101.com's Free Agency Front Runners
1. Matt Moore (6'3", 219) – If the Bucs are truly serious about bringing in some competition for Freeman, Moore might be their best option. Like Freeman, Moore doesn't have a great completion percentage, but he's shown that he can get the job if he has some talent around him. Moore has 17 touchdowns to just nine interceptions over the past two seasons in Miami.
2. David Carr (6'3", 212) – We mentioned him last year after the Bucs hired Mike Sullivan, whom Carr worked with in New York. The former No. 1 pick has been a solid backup the past several years, but he's a guy that should be able to lead the offense for a few games should anything happen to Freeman. He's got over 14,000 career passing yards and 65 touchdown passes and is familiar with Sullivan's offense.
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