Buccaneers: Five Inexpensive Potential Free Agent Options
It is simply impossible to have too many pass rushers. Why? Because not only is a pass rush important, a fourth quarter pass rush is important. How did Dwight Freeney remain so effective during his season in Arizona, despite his age? He rushed the passer late in the game to help the Cardinals seal victories. The teams that can get to the quarterback in the fourth quarter win games. Remember David Irving in the Cowboys game? Exactly.
In order to have a fourth quarter pass rush you need a solid rotation, and that means able bodies.
In walks the young Devin Taylor who has carved out a bit of a niche as a pass rush specialist. Coming off of the bench for the Lions in 2015, Taylor notched seven sacks. His best game of the season came in December against the Packers when he got to Aaron Rodgers twice. He became a starter in 2016 and added a safety to his belt, but his sack totals dipped a bit to 4.5.
But remember, we are not looking for players that are already superstars here. We are looking for players that are on the verge of becoming superstars that still can be had on the cheap. Taylor is another player that has flashed at points in his career, hasn’t put it all together just yet, but may just be on the verge of doing so. He averaged $615,000 per year under his first contract. It would take a raise, but not a large one yet.
Imagine this guy coming to his own, playing opposite Noah Spence, who is only going to get better. It could be something special, and certainly worth a try.
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So there are five bargain basement free agents the Bucs should take a look at. What do you think? Sound off in the comments and let us know via social media.
All salary information courtesy of Spotrac.