As we near the start of free agency, teams around the NFL will be cutting loose some key names with big cap numbers to give themselves more money to make deals with. While most of these players can still play at a high level, their current contract situation has made it nearly impossible for their current team to withstand. Here are just five potential cap casualties that might interest the Bucs this off-season.
Patrick Willis (LB-49ers): The Bucs will be in search of a middle linebacker this off-season. The top unrestricted free agent at that position right now is Rolando McClain from the Cowboys. With the emergence of Chris Borland, many expect to release Willis this off-season. Willis is 30 years old and coming off a season-ending injury to a muscle in his big toe, but has also stated he plans to play "5 or 6 more great years." If Willis returns to form, he might be just what the Bucs need in the middle of their young defense.
Tamba Hali (DE-Chiefs): We all know the Bucs could use a pass rusher, so why not Tamba Hali. The Chiefs want to keep Justin Houston and they just drafted Dee Ford last year. The Chiefs could save $11 million if Hali is released as a post June 1 cut. Hali has missed just 3 games during his 9 year career that has totaled 79.5 sacks. The 31 year old Hali should still have a few very good years left.
Adrian Peterson (RB-Vikings): Maybe I'm in the minority, but I'm not as confident in the Bucs stable of running backs as others are. I think Doug Martin is average and does not break tackles. Charles Sims has some potential, but maybe more as a change of pace and receiving back. Peterson has had his issues off the field, but Lovie Smith and Leslie Frazier know how valuable he can be to a team.
Jahri Evans (OG-Saints): Oh no, another Saints guard? Would the Bucs actually go there? Well, remember that Carl Nicks' situation was a fluke injury and infection to a guy who had rarely been injured before. Evans is a 6-time Pro Bowler and 4-time All Pro. Most of his success came from 2009-2012. He is still considered a top 10 guard in the NFL.
Percy Harvin (WR-Jets): Harvin's dealt with his issues as of late. The Seahawks didn't want him. It appears the Jets don't want him either. For the Bucs, a team still in search of explosion on offense and in the return game, maybe Harvin could be a right fit. Harvin has been a malcontent throughout his football career, which included time with the Vikings and current Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier got a first-hand view. However, Harvin might come at a big discount if he is cut at this point in his career, which would make it more of a low risk move for the Bucs.
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