Number 1 option for the Buccaneers
While Xavier Woods is listed as a safety and plays that position most of the time, he is really good on the line of scrimmage as well. He plays strong and physical against receivers and he has proven himself to be a really good, young secondary player.
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Woods would pair really well with Antoine Winfield, especially since Tampa runs a lot of cover 2. Jordan Whitehead is currently filling that void, so if the Buccaneers did decide to pursue this, they could put Woods or Whitehead at the line of scrimmage.
In just four years, Woods has five interceptions and three forced fumbles. He also has four tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, and 18 pass deflections. Woods has been one of the most consistent players in a talented Cowboys’ defense.
When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Woods in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, they signed him to a four-year, $3.95 million dollar deal, which means that he made less than $1,000,000 per season. Since Woods has performed so well, he is going to look to get paid, and with the Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott situation, it’s easy to see why there could be a lack of confidence in Woods getting a deal done.
The Buccaneers have enough cap space to sign Woods to a deal that’s both good for him and the team. If the Bucs are supremely confident in Woods’ abilities, they could sign him to a three-year, $15 million dollar deal, which would put him at around a $5 million dollar cap hit for 2021.