Three Buccaneers who could follow Mike Caldwell to Jacksonville

Mike Caldwell, New York Jets (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Kevin Minter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Kevin Minter may find the Jacksonville grass greener than it was with the Buccaneers.

The injury bug seemed to have a craving for Bucs in 2021. As such, the team was forced to adopt the, perhaps slightly cliche, “next man up” mentality. The injury to Lavonte David was one of the injuries that hit the Buccaneers the hardest, as David has been the heart and soul of the team pretty much his entire long career.

Kevin Minter was the next man up to fill in for the injured David. Minter, a Buccaneers linebacker since 2018, had previously started for two years with the Arizona Cardinals, along with a year of spot starts with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he never made much of a dent. With the Bucs, he was primarily a special teams guy, but he took advantage of his opportunity with great aplomb.

His skills in communication are crucial for a middle linebacker, and the mentoring of David, and coaching of Caldwell, went a long way in his maturation. Now, Minter is set to be a free agent.

The Jags’ roster isn’t exactly a goldmine of talent, and given how much Caldwell helped Minter improve his game, perhaps there’s a golden opportunity in front of him. Kevin Minter is probably the most likely candidate out of everyone to join the Jags and Caldwell, and would make a lot of sense should it happen. It would be a blow for the Bucs especially with David being no spring chicken, but wouldn’t be the most significant potential loss…