On paper, the Buccaneers linebacking corps looks like a strength heading into 2019. Assuming Tampa Bay retains Kwon Alexander, he along with Kendell Beckwith and Lavonte David is a solid starting unit.
However, it became apparent in 2018 how thin the unit was. After Beckwith and Alexander went down with injuries, Tampa Bay turned to practice squad players to fill the void.
To ensure injuries don’t decimate the unit again, the Buccaneers should open the checkbook for Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr.
Barr is a premiere 4-3 linebacker. Although he has found success rushing the passer, Barr excels in coverage and the run department.
Much like David, Barr is a sure tackler who won’t allow running backs to reach the last level of the defense. He is reliable on the occasional blitz, but Barr is a smart player who will always fulfill his assignment.