The Bucs have come to terms with Adam Heyward on a three year contract. Heyward is 27 and can play all three linebacker positions, as well as being a top special-teamer. This was a move many expected the Buccaneers to make in the coming days. I don’t expect Heyward to win a starting roll unless something interesting happens in the next few weeks (and probably not interesting in the good way). But he is a perfect example of a valuable reserve piece that the Bucs will be much better for having.
“Warrior. A Buccaneer,” Raheem Morris said of Hayward. “A gentleman in the community. Probably our special teams MVP last year. I believe he won it, winning the hammer. He’s a guy who’s going to come back and give us a lot of what we’ve been building the last couple years. I’m very excited to have him back.”
According to Geno Hayes, Hayward is also a leader in the locker-room. I think this was a good move for the Bucs to make but I don’t think the team should stand pat at linebacker if something else comes along. Frankly, the team has a ton of potential but there’s not much in the way of proven commodities in the linebacking corps. Geno Hayes and Quincy Black have not been starters for that long and there is no one in the middle who has what could be considered a wealth of experience. Heyward helps for depth, but he’s not an answer to the question in the middle. Right now they’re heaping a whole lot of pressure on Mason Foster.