What is the deal with the former Buccaneers’ defenders?
By Zach Sauers
Henry Melton was signed by the Bucs in March of 2015 after the Cowboys decided to let him walk. Melton was drafted by coach Smith in Chicago, so his familiarity with his head coach and the defensive system seemed ideal. His one and only year in Tampa left him with a total of two sacks and 31 combined tackles. If you compare this to the stats of the Bucs’ defensive captain Gerald McCoy, Melton had only three less tackles.
The fact of the matter is, Melton is no starter, but he is a reliable backup. Now that the Bucs are carrying less defensive tackles, it is understandable why he has not been re-signed. Why Melton has not received any contact by other teams is questionable. Melton, of all players the Bucs have not re-signed, is the most capable player out of the bunch. The NFL’s business aspect is brutal.
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