Three Buccaneers who could follow Mike Caldwell to Jacksonville

Mike Caldwell, New York Jets (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Jordan Whitehead, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Jordan Whitehead could be rewarded for his strong play with the Buccaneers.

There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Jordan Whitehead was AWESOME in 2021, particularly at the end of the season and the playoffs. That being the case, the former Pitt Panther may be in line for a big payday, one the Buccaneers may not be able to afford financially. They could afford it with their personnel though.

The Bucs have been blessed with three young, solid safeties in Whitehead, Mike Edwards, and Antoine Winfield Jr. While the team would obviously prefer to keep all three safeties in Tampa Bay, much like the case with McLendon, they have the personnel to be able to say competitive.

As much as it would sting, Whitehead will more likely than not be wearing a different uniform in 2022 and beyond. It’s just too hard to see how it would justifiably work. While Minter going to Jacksonville is the most likely scenario, Whitehead jumping ship would be the most significant of the most likely defensive departures. Whitehead will have his fair share of bidders around the NFL, but a reunion with Caldwell in Jacksonville is absolutely something that is absolutely not out of the question.

The NFL is often unpredictable. However, when patterns are noticed, it’s less so. Coaches will bring in other coaches and players they know and are familiar with. These three players are the most likely BUccaneers to follow Mike Caldwell to the Jacksonville, especially considering the Jaguars will be around the top of the league in terms of cap room. It may hurt fans, but that’s just life in the business of the NFL.