New Buccaneers move could help bring key free agent to Tampa

Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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With Todd Bowles stepping in as the new head coach for the Buccaneers, the odds of a major free agent signing like Tyrann Mathieu become all the more likely.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not have much cap space left, but the time for making moves has not yet ended. Yes, the team still has a few names to bring back on cheaper deals to round out the defense, but there also might be a way to make one more splash signing if the contract is done the right way.

Tyrann Mathieu and the Buccaneers has been an interesting story to follow this offseason. The Bucs lost Jordan Whitehead to the Jets and added Logan Ryan on a cheap deal as a depth option, but there is still space in that safety room for an All-Pro like Mathieu.

Is it a need right now? Probably not. Antoine Winfield Jr., Mike Edwards, and Logan Ryan should do just fine, but adding Mathieu certainly doesn’t hurt.

Mathieu is still one of the best defensive backs in football and could fit in almost anywhere in Todd Bowles’ defense.

Bowles’ familial relationship with Mathieu was what sparked these rumors in the first place, so wouldn’t it stand to reason that Bowles taking over as the head coach would only add fuel to the fire?

Bowles is known to make the most of versatile defenders. With Mathieu being the definition of versatile in the secondary, a move like this would be extremely beneficial for both parties. Bowles would improve the chance of winning a Super Bowl during his first year as a head coach for the Bucs, and Mathieu gets a chance to play for the best head coach that could get him back on the All-Pro team.

The money would make this deal a bit harder to come to life, but no Buccaneers fan should be able to reasonably rule anything out after the past few years we have gone through.

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