Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Dekoda Watson (56) runs out of the tunnel before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dekoda Watson Will Not Return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers


It’s a sad day at the Pewter Plank, because one of our favorite defensive players won’t be a Tampa Bay Buccaneer for much longer.

No, we’re not talking about Darrelle Revis. We’re talking about Dekoda Watson.

The scrappy seventh-round pick at linebacker will reportedly sign with another team shortly after free agency opens, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Watson was a solid strongside linebacker who was a beast on special teams, and always seemed to have untapped potential as a pass rusher that was never fully explored.

But with the re-signing of Jonathan Casillas, Jason Licht and his team saw Watson as expendable, or at least not worth spending enough money on to compete with other interested teams.

The Buccaneers will need to build depth at linebacker, as Casillas, Lavonte David and Mason Foster don’t have any true backups currently on the roster. The draft will offer some possibilities, but the Bucs will need to spend some cash to shore up the depth situation at the position as well.

The Bucs will also have some work to do to replace his contributions on special teams, as he was a menace on kick and punt block teams, and was solid in coverage as well.

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