Bucs keep Bradley McDougald, Danny Lansanah

TAMPA, Fla. -- Very quietly Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a pair of administrative moves involving two players who could be very important in 2015.

The Bucs made qualifying offers to linebacker Danny Lansanah and safety Bradley McDougald, who were exclusive rights free agents. The offers were mere formalities because there was no question the Bucs wanted Lansanah and McDougald back.

In an otherwise dismal 2-14 season last year, Lansanah and McDougald were bright spots. They both opened the season as reserves, but became starters. And they’re ticketed to be starters again this season, although it remains to be seen at what position.

Lansanah first earned a starting job at strongside linebacker. But he also wound up playing the weak side and the middle. There has been speculation Lansanah could switch permanently to the middle with Mason Foster likely to leave as a free agent.

The coaching staff likes McDougald’s versatility and believes he can start at either strong or free safety.