Buccaneers: 4 Big Ten players we wish could become free-agents now

Micah Parsons, 2021 NFL Draft(Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)
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Five Big Ten players that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would love to have on their roster

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter this season as one of the favorites to compete for a spot in the playoffs and to even win the NFC.

The Buccaneers made several roster moves over the course of the offseason that have put them in this position, but that doesn’t mean that the roster is completely constructed.

Some heartbreaking news for football fans was announced earlier this week with the Big Ten and Pac-12 canceling their fall football seasons. That left many star players in both conferences with no other choice but to wait until the spring or pursue other options, such as transferring or beginning to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

But, let’s think hypothetically here for a second.

What if the NFL stepped in with an ’emergency waiver’ type situation and allowed collegiate athletes to enter free-agency right now if they so desired? It’s far-fetched and outlandish, but hey, it’s 2020.

Here’s a look at four Big Ten players who could immediately help the Buccaneers, if only they were free-agents.

4. LB Micah Parsons (Penn State)

The Buccaneers have basically no shot at Micah Parsons in next year’s draft unless they really fall off the map.

Parsons is going to be the top linebacker taken in the draft and likely will go somewhere in the top-10. But can you imagine adding him to that nasty Bucs front-seven?

Parsons could provide depth and give Tampa Bay freedom with its edge-rushers. He’d be a nice complimentary piece to Devin White and Lavonte David and would certainly be a fun player to watch. Of course, he’d likely be out of the Bucs’ price range if he went on the free market right now.