, Fla. (AP) — splash on the opening day of NFL free agency.The team needs helps in a number of areas — especially on defense — but doesn’t have much space under the salary cap to pursue solutions.A trade sending receiver DeSean Jackson back to the Philadelphia Eagles was finalized, linebacker Deone Bucannon and receiver Breshad Perriman agreed to join the Bucs on one-year deals, and punter Bradley Pinion is set to sign a four-year contract.Those were the highlights Wednesday, when the club also released defensive tackle Mitch Unrein, re-signed linebacker Kevin Minter and agreed to terms on a one-year deal with last year’s leading rusher, restricted free agent Peyton Barber.Jackson, unhappy with his role in Tampa Bay’s offense over the past two seasons, was due to make $10 million next season. The Bucs sent him and a 2020 seventh-round draft pick to the Eagles in exchange for a sixth-rounder this year.Releasing Unrein, who spent all of last season on injured reserve after suffering a concussion during training camp http://www.indianapoliscoltsteamonline.com/bobby-okereke-jersey
, saved another $3.75 million.The Bucs said the eighth-year pro failed a physical. He was one of three defensive linemen Tampa Bay signed in free agency last March.Bucannon spent the first five years of his career with Arizona. The decision to join the Bucs reunites him with former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and one-time Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.Perriman, meanwhile, had 16 receptions for 340 yards and two touchdowns for Cleveland last season. He agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with Tampa Bay after the Browns made a deal to acquire Odell Beckham Jr.Pinion agreed to terms after veteran Bryan Anger was released on Tuesday. He due to earn $3 million next season.Bringing the former 49ers punter in as a replacement essentially fills two needs because Pinion was also a strong kickoff man in San Francisco.That will free kicker Cairo Santos, whose kickoffs were a concern last season, to focus on placements.The Bucs are coming off consecutive 5-11 finishes and haven’t made the playoffs since 2007, the second-longest drought in the NFL.They spent generously in free agency a year ago to upgrade a porous defense that still needs fixing. The unit ranked 27th in yards allowed and next to last in points allowed in 2018, when Tampa Bay lost six times when the offense scored between 27 and 35 points.The acquisition of Bucannon fills an opening created by the loss of linebacker Kwon Alexander, who’s signing with the 49ers. He also played safety during his career http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonline.com/jawaan-taylor-jersey
, including time a hybrid role the Cardinals called “money-backer.”Perriman had agreed to remain in Cleveland before the Browns obtained Beckham. With Tampa Bay, he’ll get an opportunity to help fill created by trading Jackson and losing Adam Humphries to the Tennessee Titans in free agency. The Steelers have lost two of their best players this month, arguably due to their own mismanagement of the relationships with both players. To little surprise, then, owner Art Rooney II declined to address Antonio Brown or Le'Veon Bell in a Friday conference call with reporters.“We are excited about the players we have and are going to have in the building, and are looking forward to getting started on the 2019 season,” Rooney said, via Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com.Though the two key players who had been in the building have made for the exits, the issues that contributed to their departures potentially remain. As to Brown http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonline.com/gardner-minshew-ii-jersey
, the team allowed over a period of eight years a sixth-round pick from Central Michigan to parlay stellar performances and an unmatched on-field work ethic into doing whatever he wanted to do when it came to when he would show up for work. As to Bell, the team’s stubborn refusal to guarantee money beyond the first year of a long-term contract kept the player from swapping a one-year guaranteed franchise tender for a multi-year commitment and, ultimately, to choose to not play football at all in 2018. Regardless of how anyone feels about Bell’s decision and the contract he signed last week with the Jets, the Steelers — who paid Bell $12.1 million in 2017 and were willing to pay him $14.54 million in 2018 — would still have Bell under contract if they had been willing to offer Bell the sum of those two amounts, fully guaranteed, in 2017.Rooney’s decision to conduct a conference call with reporters comes as owners and media prepare to descend on Arizona for the league’s annual meetings. Rooney possibly hopes that the over-the-phone Q&A will keep him from getting grilled by an in-person scrum. But whether it’s Rooney or coach Mike Tomlin or G.M. Kevin Colbert, plenty of questions remain regarding whether the Steelers will make changes as to how they will deal with future star players who the Steelers presumably would prefer to keep in black and gold.