A new name for the defensive line
The Ndamukong Suh vs. Gerald McCoy debate had been a hot one in Tampa since the switch occurred. Each year, fans try to argue why one is better than the other in the grand scheme of their careers, but the one name that is often left out is their counterpart, Geno Atkins.
Atkins is definitely at the end of his career, but wouldn’t anyone want a chance to finally play for a good team after spending their entire career with the Bengals?
The Buccaneer defensive line is spectacular, but again, is anyone willing to bank on Khalil Davis in year two in a starting role? Davis could meet the challenge, but putting all of that pressure on a player who only saw the field a limited amount in 2020 is dangerous.
Atkins would have to sign close to the veteran minimum, but the Buccaneers should be able to make a pitch that is worth listening to. Atkins hardly played in 2020, and his opportunity to play some in Tampa could be enough to get him to consider the prospect.
Atkins would be a more than capable backup to Suh and William Gholston, and the Buccaneers could again protect themselves from an injury disaster by throwing a small contract at Atkins to serve as an insurance policy during a crucial year.
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