Domata Peko, Defensive tackle
The Buccaneers have quality backups at almost every position on the roster except for one. Nose tackle Vita Vea currently does not have an actual number two on the team.
Where nose tackle is concerned, there is a specific size and body-type that is the most conducive to finding success in the NFL. Vea is the archetype for this position weighing nearly 350 pounds. With no one else on the roster who comes close to this weight, the Bucs will have to make filling this role a priority this offseason as no one on the roster can step in at nose tackle now to the same level of success.
The best option that the Bucs can find on a budget to play this role is Domata Peko. Weighing in at a little over 320 pounds, Peko has the size to fill the nose tackle spot well in Vea’s absence.
In addition to lining up at nose tackle in a 3-4, Peko can also line up at defensive end in heavier sets on the goal line or pair up with Vea on the inside of a 4-3 in heavy sets as well.
Regardless of where they use him, Peko would be extremely cheap and would alleviate the loss of losing Beau Allen to free agency. Tampa Bay wouldn’t have to overpay to make this happen, and the payoff would be massive if Vea goes down with an injury, and a true nose tackle was needed.