Buccaneers: Clay Matthews is interested. Is he a fit in Tampa Bay?

Clay Matthews, potential free agent signing for the Buccaneers, (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
Clay Matthews, potential free agent signing for the Buccaneers, (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) /

Clay Matthews is interested in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

One of the biggest names still on the market in 2020 free-agency is OLB/Edge-Rusher Clay Matthews, and it seems the veteran has some interest in the Buccaneers.

On the Pat McAfee Show recently, Matthews said he would be interested in joining Tom Brady and the Buccaneers if an opportunity presented itself.

To this point, no contract has been offered, but that doesn’t mean things couldn’t change.

Is Matthews a fit for the Buccaneers?

Perhaps the most important position for the Buccaneers to address this offseason- in terms of depth- is the front-seven.

Tampa Bay has plenty of talent in its starting group, but you’d really like to see a veteran or two added to the front-seven- especially at edge-rusher/OLB- as a way to sure-up that group.

Matthews could be the perfect answer.

No one expects him to come in and be the Clay Matthews that we saw with the Green Bay Packers a few years ago, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t still contribute. Matthews is a guy who still has athleticism to make some plays and would benefit greatly from not having to play every single snap. Instead, he’d be able to play less snaps, allow his body to remain with better energy and contribute as a leader on that offense.

One of the best things the Bucs could do right now is provide a veteran leader for those talented edge-rushers. Matthews is a guy who has vast experience and that mentorship could lead to players like Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul taking their game to the next level.

Plus, in terms of gaining more exposure for the franchise, it’s not a bad move either.

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