The Bucs are about $33 million under the 2013 salary cap of $123 million. Jacob Cutera (RFA) OLB Paul Kruger
Jacob Cutera (RFA) OLB Paul Kruger
OLB Paul Kruger
Fifth-year general manager Mark Dominik is in charge of shaping the roster, and there are plenty of needs and variables to consider.
For eight days, the Tribune and TBO.com will feature one position each day. We’ll provide analysis of the position and list the players to consider: Bucs under contract for 2013, plus Bucs and notable NFL players scheduled to become free agents.
So, Bucs fans, what would you do? Now is your chance. You be the GM.
On a negative note, Tampa Bay is seeking a starter at strongside linebacker because Quincy Black is recovering from offseason surgery to repair nerve damage in his left shoulder. Black was playing effectively before the season-ending injury occurred against San Diego Nov. 11, and now his career is in jeopardy.
The Bucs aren’t likely to pay big money for a replacement because the strongside position in Tampa has rarely generated splash plays.
David was a revelation coming out of Nebraska, drawing comparisons to a young Derrick Brooks while posting 20 tackles for loss and calling defensive signals.