Buccaneers Round Table: 2017 mock general manager for a day
If I were given control over the Buccaneers and could make a move to change the team, I would target a defensive end via trade.
The Achilles heel of the Bucs this season has been their ability to get after the opposing quarterback. Tampa thought they’d get a rejuvenated Jacquies Smith in the off-season, but released him when it became clear he wasn’t the same player.
Noah Spence has a single sack on the year and injured his shoulder once again, so it’s difficult to know what to expect the rest of the season.
Will Gholston offers nothing in terms of hurrying the quarterback, and Robert Ayers probably isn’t a ten sack guy anymore.
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The player that I would target is Jason Pierre-Paul with the New York Giants. The defensive end best known for blowing his fingers off is a product of USF and the Bucs have twice missed chances to pursue him in free agency.
Back in March he signed a new four year deal with New York, and he’ll more than likely be there for the long haul. Given how bad the Giants are this season, there’s a chance that the team decides to blow it all up and start from scratch. I’d offer a first-round pick and a late round pick, and instantly boost the teams’ ability to rush the quarterback.