Stock watch: Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. -- Now that the Super Bowl is over, we enter a quiet period until the new league year starts in March.

But teams are busy evaluating last season and making plans for the 2015 season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers already are deep into this process. Let's take a look at whose stock is rising and falling:


Dirk Koetter. Although the offense ranked 30th and looked out of order all season, the cupboard is far from bare for the new coordinator. Koetter inherits very good wide receivers and some solid running backs. If the Bucs can fix the offensive line, this offense could get good in a hurry. Koetter should bring a more up-tempo offense and that should make things more entertaining than in 2014.

Demar Dotson. He was the best player on a very bad offensive line and he's going to be a key component as the Bucs overhaul that unit this offseason. The question is if Dotson will be at right or left tackle. He has spent his career on the right side, but the Bucs took a look at him on the left side at the end of the season. If the Bucs believe Dotson can handle it, they won't have to scramble to find a left tackle in free agency or the draft.

Mike Evans. There will be talk about the "sophomore slump" after Evans had a stellar rookie season. But it's tough to see Evans slumping. He should only continue to improve in what should be a more stable offense. Koetter was used to having big, physical receivers in Roddy White and Julio Jones in Atlanta and he is likely to try to take advantage of Evans' size and strength. Evans and Vincent Jackson sort of shared the No. 1 receiver role last season, but Evans should take over that job next season.


Patrick Omameh. It's pretty much a given that Anthony Collins is out as the left tackle, but the overhaul of the offensive line won't stop there. Omameh ended up claiming a starting guard spot after Carl Nicks left the team last preseason. Omameh was a liability most of the time and the Bucs will be looking for an upgrade.

Josh McCown. Holding the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, it continues to look like the Bucs will take a quarterback -- Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. If that happens, McCown is headed for a role as a backup and mentor. McCown is perfectly suited for that role and has said he'll do whatever he is asked. But McCown is a competitor and it's only natural he would rather be starting.

Dashon Goldson. He fell out of favor as last season went on and ended up playing in a rotation at safety. That's not likely to happen again. Goldson is scheduled to earn $7.5 million in base salary and could be a salary-cap casualty.