Buccaneers: Who will stay and who can go

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Buccaneers free agents part 3

Steve McLendon

McClendon needs to stay on the team. He was brought in last season after Vita Vea went down and filled in very well. No, he did not perform like Vea, but there are very few 350-pound bulldozers lounging around during mid-season looking for a sandbox to play in.

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Kevin Minter

Minter is the number four linebacker in Tampa. When he is needed, he fits in at either inside or outside. Money may be an issue, but if a team offers him big Buc(ks), he probably ought to take the money and run.

Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Taco is in. He may in fact get a bigger paycheck, but he won’t break the bank and he is particularly useful on the inside of the defensive line.

Ryan Smith

Smith has been a solid special teams player for the Buccaneers. That alone will go far in keeping him on the team. But if a shiny new player shows up or comes available, it is a business after all.

Ryan Succop

Succop set a new Bucs record for points scored and was arguably the best kicker the Bucs have had in more than a decade. It would be mind-exploding not to see him as a player for the Buccaneers next season.

Ndamukong Suh

Suh is a shoo-in, providing he isn’t looking for a big payday. The feeling is that he is more interested in a second shot at a SB ring. Which team in the NFL has the best odds for winning in 2021, other than Kansas City (cough cough)? Expect Suh to be back on the defensive line next season.

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Josh Wells

Wells is a solid backup at tackle. In this man’s NFL, you can’t have enough good players, even if they don’t quite make it to the top of the depth chart. As much as the potential for injury exists in the NFL, teams are going to need players like Wells. Expect him back for the preseason at the very least.