Buccaneers need to jump on recently-cut free agent defender

DeAndre Baker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
DeAndre Baker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers should give corner Deandre Baker a look after the Chiefs decided to part ways before the start of the season.

There aren’t that many signings that the Buccaneers need to make ahead of the start of the regular season.

The current roster construction of the team looks solid. The Tampa front office has even gone after a few guys that weren’t needed but still move the needle in a large way for their side of the ball (mainly Julio Jones).

Outside of there still being a need for a veteran pass-rusher to help round out the depth in that room, the Bucs are left with very few moves to make. Without the need for any large additions, Jason Licht and company could potentially take a home run swing at a young option with upside.

Corner Deandre Baker was cut by the Chiefs today after two sporadic years on their roster and practice squad. An arrest derailed Baker’s early start with the Giants were he was seen as an obvious starter for the future. Now, the Buccaneers could get in on a very cheap shot at a guy that is only 24 and still has the upside to be a contributor in the league.

Baker has the talent to be a starter in the NFL. Being the best corner in college football in 2018 has a way of showing that you get that side of the game. However, Baker clearly struggles with his decisions off the field.

All of that would change in Tampa. The leadership with the Giants is non-existent, and while it is better with the Chiefs, it doesn’t even hold a candle to what has been created in Tampa.

The young corner would come to the Bucs on a very cheap, prove-it contract, and guys like Lavonte David and coaches like Todd Bowles would be excellent leaders to keep Baker on the right path and growing as a player.

The Buccaneers probably don’t end up making the move as Baker should have a bit of a smaller market with teams where he could be more than the fourth or fifth guy in a new system, but Deandre Baker is worth keeping an eye on for one of the best defensive staffs in the league.

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