The Buccaneers always need to focus on getting better. The best way to do this might be targeting one more veteran edge rusher for the 2022 season.
The Buccaneers still have a bit of money to spend before the start of the 2022 NFL season. We understand wanting to hold onto a bit of that cap space as a means of having some flexibility during the season, but the Bucs can still do this while trying to start the season with the best roster possible.
Outside of tight end, the biggest area of need for Tampa right now is edge rusher. The Bucs can address tight end when Rob Gronkowski stops holding the team hostage.
As for edge rushers, the group doesn’t look bad for the Buccaneers on paper. Shaquil Barrett is a quality starter, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka is getting a lot of hype moving into his first full season as a starter, and Anthony Nelson is actually turning into a decent rotational piece.
Still, the Bucs need more.
JTS flashed as a rookie, but expecting some sort of Pro Bowl jump this season may be a bit too optimistic. The Bucs are going to face some excellent offensive lines this year and are coming off a bout of poor injury luck. Another body would greatly help this unit.
The free agent edge rusher market has been picked over a decent amount since free agency began, but that doesn’t mean the Bucs should stop looking and that there isn’t a good option out there.
What the Buccaneers have should be good, but we also said the same thing about the secondary last year. Let’s not have that happen again. One more signing at this vital role should go a long way to preventing that disaster.
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