Starting with the most realistic player and then working down, Clay Matthews has a decent chance of starting the year out as a Buccaneer. As one of the most successful free agents remaining, Matthews would be a steal for any team.
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Matthews had an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show earlier this summer, where he said that he was open to the idea, so it looks like the Buccaneers are in the driver seat to make this move happen.
As a whole, this signing has several positive implications for both sides, making it very likely. Matthews is still a very talented player, but his cost is minimal. Tampa Bay hasn’t signed all of their rookies yet, but after doing so, they should still have enough money left over to invest elsewhere.
In addition to the economics, Matthews would be a valuable part of the Buccaneer defense. With a diverse range of experience and success, the Bucs could use the veteran linebacker at several different positions.
The most likely scenario is that the Bucs bring in Matthews to be a depth piece at edge behind Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul. There is still time left to make a move happen, but it likely wouldn’t occur until after training camp, and the rookies are signed.