On defense, the team needs help at each level and itís mainly due to the age of players on that side of the ball. Linebacker Derrick Brooks is closing in on his mid-thirties and getting paid a hefty sum, while Shelton Quarles is even older and will be thirty-six when next season rolls around on the calendar. It would be wise to begin preparing a young linebacker heading into next season for extra support and depth even though the team has added a younger linebacker in former Colt Cato June. At defensive end, the Bucs suit up another veteran in Simeon Rice, and the team will need to put some youth behind him as well. The cornerback position also presents concerns. Ronde Barber is in his thirties, and the Bucs picked up former Raider and Texan Phillip Buchanon because of their need. Additional improvements can be made at the safety spots. With the future a concern on defense, Tampa Bay will use their draft choices to add as much young depth as possible.
The major need on offense is depth behind Joey Galloway at wide receiver. Galloway probably doesnít have much left in the tank at thirty-five years of age, and receivers Michael Clayton and Ike Hilliard have not produced as well as the organization had hoped they would. With 2006 third round draft pick Maurice Stovall on the bench, there is some depth, but top level talent is necessary. A play-making receiver is much needed here.
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