One of the most prominent remaining positions for the Buccaneers to fill is a veteran pass rusher to provide consistent depth and insurance against injuries.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had one of the best linebacker corps in the entire NFL in 2019. Lavonte David, Devin White, Shaquil Barrett, and Jason Pierre-Paul comprised a formidable unit that set the tone for the rest of the defense.
One of the brightest spots of the defense was Barrett. After joining the Buccaneers as a free agent from Denver, most expectations were that Barrett would be a backup piece for Carl Nassib or Noah Spence. This was a short-lived way of thinking because Barrett quickly won the starting job and didn’t give it up.
In his first season in Tampa Bay, Barrett was able to set the franchise record for sacks in a season and led the entire NFL in that category as well.
On top of Barrett’s dominance, JPP was able to compile 8.5 sacks in just ten games after missing the start of the season with an injury. These two give the Bucs their best pass rush in years.
While the starting pass-rushers in Tampa Bay are both above average, the depth is where question marks start to pop up. As one of the most critical positions in the game, the Bucs will probably have to find a better third option than Anthony Nelson.
Nelson still has a bright future ahead, but another season in that fourth role will be safer for the Bucs’ playoff aspirations.
Here are three new free-agent pass-rushing options for the Buccaneers to pursue.