The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed Carl Nassib after being cut by the Cleveland Browns. He will continue to pay dividends both on the field and in the books.
Carl Nassib became a Cleveland Brown after he was selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft after winning Big Ten Defensive Player of the year for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After two seasons in Cleveland, he became a last minute cut to clear a roster spot for another waiver wire add for the Browns and was claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Hard Knocks star who was most notable for his endless badgering of Todd Haley and for teaching financial responsibility to his fellow defensive lineman apparently taught his current team some financial responsibility as well.
The young defensive end came into Tampa Bay and immediately contributed, so much so that it has made more expensive teammates Gerald McCoy, Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein expendable in order to clear up some cap space.
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Before coming to Tampa Bay, Nassib only recorded a total of 5.5 sacks as a member of the Cleveland Browns with only 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in two seasons. In his one season with the Buccaneers, he out produced those numbers by tallying 6.5 sacks and 12 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and adding two forced fumbles in just nine starts.
Due to his play, he will without a doubt, earn himself more playing time along the defensive front under Todd Bowles. His growth in 2018 allows Jason Licht and his team to exercise some financial discipline to shed some bigger contracts along the defensive line to help the Buccaneers fill some larger holes along the defense and on the offensive line.
While Nassib is entering a contract year, he can easily be re-signed for half the price, or less, of what McCoy is set to make. Nassib is a financial advisor both on and off of the field, and his play has put the Buccaneers in a great position to make some hard personnel decisions a bit easier. Should he continue to play well this season in the pewter, expect him to see some financial gains in his own account as well.