Free agency is knocking on the door. Just over 24 hours until the gates open and the free agency process is underway. And in celebration, we’re naming off some of the best unrestricted free agent (UFA) signings in the 20-year span since the current system was put in place by the original CBA.
Since 1993 (the year that first collective bargaining agreement ushered in the modern era of free agency in the NFL), the Buccaneers have seen some incredible production from UFAs. From a 1993 class including dominant LB Hardy Nickerson and CB Martin Mayhew to the most recent splashes from 2012′s WR Vincent Jackson and G Carl Nicks, the Buccaneers have been making waves for the last 20 years in the process. (Note: Only players who were technically unrestricted free agents at the time they were signed are included, so some players you may expect to see – such as Keenan McCardell or Roman Oben – are not included.)
Now we want to know what you think. Are you loving a star from the newest class? Does your favorite UFA take you back to 2002 and the Super Bowl Championship? Vote now for your favorite Buccaneer UFA signing and tell us about it in the comments!
Since the first CBA ushered in free agency in 1993, what is the best UFA signing the Bucs have ever had?
- Simeon Rice (40%, 48 Votes)
- Vincent Jackson (33%, 40 Votes)
- Hardy Nickerson (18%, 21 Votes)
- Brad Johnson (8%, 9 Votes)
- Carl Nicks (1%, 1 Votes)
- Michael Pittman (1%, 1 Votes)
- Lonnie Marts (0%, 0 Votes)
- Martin Mayhew (0%, 0 Votes)
- Other (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 120
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