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Age, depth make Daryl Smith, Brandon Myers lesser priorities for Bucs

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have prioritized re-signing some of their own players in free agency, but others are less pressing to bring back.

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we looked at players the Bucs should make a priority to re-sign. Now we get into players the team could benefit from re-signing, but it's not imperative.

9. QB Mike Glennon: As much as the team would love to have him return as a backup to Jameis Winston, he's probably better-served going elsewhere to compete for a starting job. That's a big reason why the Bucs kept three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster last season (Ryan Griffin was no longer practice-squad eligible and they value his familiarity in coach Dirk Koetter's system) and signed Sean Renfree this offseason. Glennon would be much higher on this list if there was a strong belief he would return.

10. TE Brandon Myers: Myers isn't great in any area, but at this point in his career, he's got a mix of skills as a serviceable blocker and a pass-catcher, meaning he can back up H-back Cameron Brate and Luke Stocker, who serves as more of a fullback.

There looked to be a drop-off in chemistry from Brate to Myers when it came to Winston last season. You could see that when Brate left the Saints game in Week 16 with a back injury and Winston targeted Myers in the end zone twice from the 17-yard line in what would have made it a 3-point game with 2:13 remaining.

Myers caught 7 passes last season for 59 yards and a touchdown, the second-lowest mark of his career. The Bucs could bring him back at the right price or opt to go younger. They saw some good things out of rookie undrafted free agent Alan Cross last season, and there are some very promising tight ends in this year's draft class, like O.J. Howard, David Njoku and Bucky Hodges.

11. LB Daryl Smith: Last season's starting strongside linebacker, Smith provided valuable leadership and system familiarity as the Bucs transitioned to Mike Smith's defense. Daryl Smith registered 35 combined tackles (28 solo), two tackles for a loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. He'll be 35 though. This might be a spot where the Bucs want to get younger. The team did draft Devante Bond last year, but fans didn't get a good look at him because he spent the year on IR.

12. DT Sealver Siliga: The Bucs claimed Siliga off of waivers to help a run defense that was giving up 114.7 rushing yards per game through Week 11, 25th in the league. Up the middle, the Bucs were giving up 45.1 yards per game, 29th in the league. Just a few years ago, the Bucs had one of the best run defenses statistically in the league (coupled with a very poor pass defense, for what that's worth).

Siliga was brought in as a space-eating run-stuffer. After he entered the defensive line rotation, the Bucs actually gave up more rushing yards per game (121.3) and had just one games in that span where they held an opponent to under 100 yards on the ground. That 121.3 figure would drop to 108.6 if not including the game against Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys.

Against the Cowboys and in Week 16 against the Saints, the Bucs surrendered 5 yards per rush up the middle, and 163 (Dallas) and 90 (New Orleans) of those yards came either up the middle or off a guard. You can't fix a team's run-stopping woes or expect them to dramatically change with one player claimed off waivers.

13. WR Cecil Shorts: Shorts is in a tough spot after suffering a gruesome right knee injury -- he suffered a dislocation and a torn ACL, MCL and PCL. It came at a time when his chemistry with Winston was still in its early stages, so fans never got to see that blossom. Ask around the locker room though, and he immediately became one of the most well-liked players. His familiarity with Koetter's offense was a plus when he stepped in for Vincent Jackson.