The Buccaneers have made headlines with their acquisition of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The trade came as a surprise for many Buccaneer fans. Tampa traded two 2018 picks in exchange for Pierre- Paul and a fourth round pick in this year’s draft. The defensive line just found their pass rusher and run stopper all in one guy. He joins Gerald McCoy, Beau Allen, and Vinny Curry.
Pierre- Paul has been a monster for the New York Giants. He is usually in the news for his dominance, but in 2016 he made the news for a horrific firework incident that took some fingers from him. Most thought this would slow down this prolific pass rusher, but Pierre-Paul put up good numbers again for the Giants. The Buccaneers were thought to be a player for JPP when he hit free agency, but he decided to re-sign with the Giants (4yrs-$62 million).
Jason Pierre-Paul has been in New York since the 2010 season. He has been very reliable missing a combined 17 games for the Giants. Last season, JPP had 68 combined tackles and 8.5 sacks. He will be a huge asset for the Buccaneers and more importantly Gerald McCoy. The Buccaneers pass rush has been horrific over the years, allowing opposing quarterbacks to sit back and pick apart the secondary. That should be a thing of the past with these acquisitions (Pierre-Paul, Allen, and Curry). Also, the new defensive line coach, Brenston Buckner, will bring added toughness to a once soft spot on the Buccaneers defense.
All in all we have been waiting for the Buccaneers to make a move like this and it finally happened. The Buccaneers barring injury should be able to compete for an NFC South title, as well as a run in the playoffs. The offense should be better and the defense has gotten immensely better through free agency. This move also opens up the draft for the Buccaneers. They could look at several different players with the 7th pick. The future looks bright in Tampa.