TAMPA — Despite a roster overhaul that could lead to as many as 10 new starters for the Buccaneers in the fall, one of the nation’s leading oddsmakers has set Tampa Bay’s over-under win total at seven for the 2014 season.
The Las Vegas Hilton released its projected NFL win totals Sunday, factoring in free agency and the draft. The over-under for the 2013 Bucs was set at 7.5 wins and Tampa Bay finished 4-12, landing in the NFC South basement for the third consecutive year.
A new management team led by head coach Lovie Smith and GM Jason Licht proved quite active when free agency began in March, signing quarterback Josh McCown, defensive end Michael Johnson, cornerback Alterraun Verner, left tackle Anthony Collins and center Evan Dietrich-Smith as clear-cut starters.
Tampa Bay, which hasn’t won a playoff game since the 2002 championship team, is listed as a 75-1 long shot to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Las Vegas Hilton also posted 5-1 odds on the Bucs winning their division for the first time since 2007.
“The Bucs have improved tremendously,’’ said Jay Kornegay. the Las Vegas Hilton’s sports book director. “In fact, I called the Bucs the first ‘wise guy’ team of the year. They’ve made a lot of improvements with Josh McCown and Lovie Smith has signed plenty of defensive free agents. They are a solid team and have plenty of potential.’’