3 former Tampa Bay Buccaneers players we’re glad are back, 3 we're glad are gone

Great decisions here all around!

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Glad to have back: Lavonte David

In the same way it'd be weird to see Mike Evans in another uniform, it'd be equally as weird (if not weirder) to see Lavonte David not in a Bucs jersey. The Bucs spent a second-round pick on David in the 2012 NFL Draft and he's remained in Tampa ever since.

Despite entering his age-34 season, David is still an impact player for the Bucs, having recorded over 100 tackles the past two years. He's also coming off a 4.5-sack season, proving he still has plenty left in the tank. David also signed a cheap deal, inking a one-year contract worth $9 million, making him an absolute bargain.

Glad are gone: Ryan Neal

Ryan Neal is still waiting to find a home in free agency and Bucs fans aren't the least bit sad that he's likely not coming back to Tampa Bay for the 2024 season. The team signed Jordan Whitehead to be one of their starting safeties and that, paired with a poor season from Neal, likely spells the end of his time as a Buc.

Neal finished the season with a PFF grade of 46.6 and a coverage grade of 38.8 while allowing 23 receptions on 25 targets. It was not a good season for Neal and moving on from him, assuming that's what the Bucs decide to do, is a smart decision.

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