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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 free agency outlook

The Bucs head into 2021 free agency coming off an X-X season. We break down their free agents, cap space, and more.

Chris Godwin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on before playing against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers blew out the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 to secure their second-ever world championship, but that doesn't mean they can ease up ahead of the 2021 season. The reigning champs will have to buckle down to stay competitive and field a team capable of reaching the final stage again. The Bucs can still improve in a few areas, and tracking their offseason moves to see where they focus on improving could be interesting. Several key playmakers on the defensive end could walk, but keeping the receiving corps together is also important.

Lost revenue due to COVID-19 will impact every team, but with so many free agents the likely drop in the league-wide salary cap number could make things difficult. The 2020 number was around $198 million, while the 2021 number could drop to $176 to $180 million, according to Over The Cap, but is subject to change.

Franchise/Transition Tag possibilities

Chris Godwin is entering unrestricted free agency and is viewed as one of the Bucs’ most valued offensive weapons. While his contract year numbers were affected by the four games he missed because of injuries, re-signing him is expected to be a priority. Mike Evans has already been paid the big bucks, and Shaquill Barrett played under the franchise tag in 2020. If Godwin doesn’t get a long-term deal, he'll likely get the franchise tag.

Salary cap

Estimated 2021 cap space: $XX,XXX,XXX

2021 transactions

Free agent signings


Free agent departures




Notable unrestricted free agents

* Denotes Restricted Free Agent (RFA)

Bucs 2021 Free Agents

Pos Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
Pos Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
QB Blaine Gabbert Buccaneers
QB Ryan Griffin Buccaneers
RB Leonard Fournette Buccaneers
RB LeSean McCoy Buccaneers
RB Kenjon Barner Buccaneers
RB T.J. Logan Buccaneers
WR Chris Godwin Buccaneers
WR Antonio Brown Buccaneers
TE Rob Gronkowski Buccaneers
TE Antony Auclair Buccaneers
LT Josh Wells Buccaneers
LG Aaron Stinnie* Buccaneers
RG Joe Haeg Buccaneers
RG Earl Watford Buccaneers
C A.Q. Shipley Buccaneers
EDGE Shaquil Barrett Buccaneers
DT Steve McLendon Buccaneers
IDL Ndamukong Suh Buccaneers
IDL Rakeem Nunez-Roches Buccaneers
LB Lavonte David Buccaneers
LB Kevin Minter Buccaneers
LB Jack Cichy Buccaneers
CB Ross Cockrell Buccaneers
CB Ryan Smith Buccaneers
S Andrew Adams Buccaneers
K Ryan Succop Buccaneers