Could the Buccaneers have one more blockbuster move up their sleeve?
Of course, the biggest name remaining on the free agent market is none other than talented edge-rusher Jadeveon Clowney. But could the elite defensive end really be in the cards?
Here’s what we know so far about Clowney and his free agency saga.
There has been a mad rush of teams to inquire about Clowney’s services over the course of this offseason- and you could probably put the Buccaneers on that list- but none have signed him because of his asking price. Clowney was asking for more than $20 million earlier this spring and still is reportedly asking for somewhere in the $15-$18 million range.
That, in and of itself, is why the defensive end is still on the market.
Clowney has drawn the interest of the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans throughout the offseason, but one franchise has emerged quickly over this last week: The NFC South rival of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers- the New Orleans Saints.
So, that brings us to the question: Could the Buccaneers get involved in the Clowney sweepstakes?
We’ve been asked this numerous times since the original report that the Bucs were restructuring Mike Evans deal and the answer is pretty simple: It’s not very likely.
Now, does that mean that there won’t be a little left over to go out and potentially bring in another depth piece or someone of that magnitude? No.
But the huge ‘splash signing’ of a guy like Jadeveon Clowney- unless he’s going to take a massive pay cut- isn’t likely to happen.
We’re not saying it’s impossible because it is 2020 after all and the Buccaneers have already shown us that they’re not afraid to make the big moves, but it certainly would seem improbable at this point.