The Buccaneers need depth on the edge
Tampa currently has one proven starting edge defender on their roster in Shaquil Barrett. Joe Tryon-Shoyinka is generating a lot of hype after a good end of last season and Anthony Nelson has grown well during his time with the team, but the Bucs are in too precarious of a position to let it ride with these three.
Cam Gill gets some praise from time to time, but that isn’t the type of guy that you roster with one veteran and two young guys on a Super Bowl team at such an important position.
If Barrett goes down, the pairing of JTS and Nelson becomes one of the least proven in the NFL. That can’t happen for the Buccaneers when they need this year to end in a Super Bowl victory.
While the free agent market is pretty dry at the position as of now, Carl Nassib looks like the best fit for a variety of reasons. His time in Tampa and ability to produce from a backup role are the best selling points, and the leadership aspect also helps when you look at his time in the league as a whole.
Nassib wouldn’t be expensive, and while he doesn’t completely tip the scales if a guy like Barrett does go down, he could serve as a safety valve and give the team time to make a different decision if needed.