Gerald McCoy‘s future in Tampa Bay is far from a sure thing. After he made some somber comments in his postgame press conference when he spoke in the past tense, McCoy may be let go to free up cap space.
General manager Jason Licht also was cautious when discussing McCoy’s future in his press conference on Monday. If the Bucs do cut McCoy, it will free up $13 million in cap room.
That money should be invested directly back into the defense. One of the premier defensive players available is defensive end Trey Flowers.
The Bucs have a foundation along the defensive front, but they are in need of one final piece. Vita Vea can control the inside, and Jason Pierre-Paul can handle most of the pass rushing duties, but they need someone who can play both inside and out.
Take a look at other successful teams around the league. A dominant defensive line can be found within each NFC Playoff team. Even the New Orleans Saints, who are known for their offense have Cameron Jordan wreaking havoc up front.
It’s time for the Bucs to follow suit.