We’re still more than 24 hours away from the official start of free agency, but it sounds like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers already have been active.
Teams have been allowed to talk to the agents of prospective free agents since Saturday and the Bucs have been tied to several players as a potential landing spot, according to reports by ESPN and other media outlets.
The Bucs reportedly are one of four teams interested in Chicago quarterback Josh McCown. That makes sense because Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith previously was in Chicago. McCown’s stock is high after he filled in nicely for an injured Jay Cutler last season. The Bucs have praised what Mike Glennon did in his rookie year, but Smith has said he wants to add a veteran to the mix and McCown would be a logical fit.
The Bucs reportedly are the frontrunner for Cincinnati defensive end Michael Johnson. He supposedly is looking for about $9 million a season, and the Bucs may be willing to pay that because they want to upgrade their pass rush.
Johnson isn’t the only Cincinnati player the Bucs have been tied to. They reportedly are showing interest in Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Collins. Tampa Bay already has started an overhaul of its offensive line by releasing veteran guard Davin Joseph. If Collins is signed, veteran left tackle Donald Penn could be on his way out.