3 former Buccaneers players who could potentially return this offseason
By Josh Hill
Buccaneers Depth Chart – DE/EDGE
- Calijah Kancey (R)
- Shaquille Barrett
- Anthony Nelson
- Patrick O’Connor
- Joe Tryon-Shoyinka
- YaYa Diaby (R)
- Jose Ramirez (R)
Carl Nassib could be another low-cost depth piece for the Bucs, especially at a position that could use his veteran presence.
There are really two places that Nassib can slot in on Bowles defense, and that versatility is what makes him such a valuable potential piece to re-add into the rotation. He can slot in as an outside linebacker, working with a group that now includes rookies YaYa Diaby and Jose Ramirez. There’s a ton of sleeper hype surrounding Diaby, who has a chance to be the second Louisville linebacker to come to Tampa Bay and become a star. Lavonte David is a tough act to follow, but Diaby could rise to the level that he’s running alongside fellow alumni in the Bucs secondary. Nassib could potentially help with that development, along with that of Ramirez, while also being able to step in and be a part of a nasty outside rotation.
As we mentioned with Akiem Hicks, the depth behind rookie Calijah Kancey is not great. Patrick O’Connor is only one guy and can only do so much as part of a two-man platoon. Adding Nassib back into the fold gives the Bucs another talented threat on the edge and a dangerous piece to put in on third-down packages to end drives.
It’s all about the money, though, as the Bucs will need to shake every couch cushion in the building and make some decisions elsewhere on the roster to make room for Nassib. He has a history with the organization and that could end up going a long way in creating a reunion that is beneficial for everyone.