By NFL Media Senior WriterBucs coach Mike Zimmer and quarterback Sam Bradford are both in the final year of their contracts.
If the Bucs want to keep both, they’ll need to be willing to take on a high-risk, high-reward deal.
Bradford, 27, is scheduled to make $12.6 million in 2016, with $6 million of that coming in the first year of his contract.
Zimmer is making $14.7 million in the third year of the deal, with another $6.9 million in guaranteed money.
The Eagles are on the clock with a number of other free agents and are trying to retain some of their key pieces.
The team is also interested in adding a running back, and Zimmer has said he’d like to have the ability to move DeMarco Murray and Michael Turner if they don’t want to stay in Philadelphia.
The team also needs to make some moves to upgrade on defense.
The Eagles’ starting defensive backs were the NFL’s second-worst last season, and they’re projected to finish 31st in yards allowed in 2016.
They ranked 29th in interceptions and 31st against the pass, allowing a league-worst 566.2 yards per game.
They’re also going to need to replace several key pieces, including defensive tackle Aaron Donald and defensive end Jason Peters, who both have three years remaining on their deals.
They’ll likely want to retain defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who made $7.6 and $8.8 million in 2014, respectively, and safety Malcolm Jenkins, who signed a $9.5 million contract with the Eagles last offseason.
The Bucs have had a tough time filling key needs in recent years.
They missed the playoffs last year after finishing 6-10, but they had some success in free agency, signing five first-round draft picks and trading for safety Dashon Goldson in free-agent-to-be years.