Hayes Pullard (Free agent)
After a strong preseason, the Los Angeles Chargers decided to release Hayes Pullard. Still, Pullard is waiting for a call from an NFL team. The fourth-year man out of USC saw a massive increase in playing time with Los Angeles last season.
Chargers starting linebacker Denzel Perryman missed most of the season due to injury and Pullard stepped in and racked up 49 total tackles and an interception.
Pullard is another cheap veteran option that can split the role at middle linebacker with Adarius Taylor. Neither player should get a vast majority of the snaps, but if Tampa wants to tread water, Pullard isn’t a bad choice.
Derrick Johnson (Free agent)
The all-time leader in tackles for the Kansas City Chiefs may not have much left in the tank, but the Buccaneers should put the rest of it to good use.
Derrick Johnson signed with the Oakland Raiders back in May, but the Raiders let him go last week. If the Buccaneers are in the market for a reliable veteran, Johnson could be the guy. He won’t be coming off the couch as he played in every game for Oakland.
Johnson played a limited role, managing 14 total tackles in silver and black.
There are plenty of options in free agency and the trade market. The Buccaneers need to take advantage while they are still in contention.
Tampa Bay’s current crop of linebackers isn’t going to cut it for the rest of the season. It’s time for general manager Jason Licht to make a move.