With the free agency period set to begin on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET, virtually all teams are doing their homework and scouring the market for ways to upgrade their respective teams.
That, of course, includes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are desperately looking for ways to upgrade a secondary that was last in the entire NFL last season. That upgrade could come in the form of free agent cornerback Sean Smith, who had two interceptions last season for the Miami Dolphins. The Buccaneers have contacted the agent for Smith, according to a league source. Per league rules, an agreement cannot be reached until the free agency period officially begins, but conversations are ongoing.
Another source briefed on the discussions described them as being “jabs, (but) no punches thrown.” Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik is likely carefully examining all the possible ways to upgrade the secondary, so there’s no guarantee that the Buccaneers will eventually sign Smith.
Other options include Brent Grimes, who is one of the best free agents available, drafting a cornerback in next month’s draft, or possibly trading for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is being shopped.
The activity has certainly picked up with the new three-day legal tampering window, but the dominoes will start falling on Tuesday.