Buccaneers Deemed “Best Fit” for Free Agent Pass Rusher


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gotten significantly younger across the defensive front seven lately. With young guns Logan Hall, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, Vita Vea and the like, the team had to cut ties with some veterans.

The Buccaneers recently brought in veteran DL Akiem Hicks but he’s more of an interior player. What about the pass rushers, the guys bringing the heat from the edges? Wouldn’t it make sense to bring in a veteran to assist in these players development?

Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine recently floated who he thought was a “best fit” for this need of the Buccaneers. That player is 2x Super Bowl champion Trey Flowers.

“Flowers still has some upside if he can find a contender that will use him as part of a rotation on the edge,” stated Ballentine. “His production on bad Lions teams compared to his time in New England would indicate he needs a coaching staff that knows how to utilize him.”

Ballentine continued

“The Buccaneers could be a good fit. Todd Bowles knows how to get the most out of his edge rushers, and the Bucs are certainly going to be contenders. Flowers could be the third rusher behind Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Shaq Barrett.”

The Buccaneers are definitely heading in a youthful direction as well they should. The apparent decision to not bring back Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul leaves a huge void of veteran presence. This suggested signing by Ballentine makes sense financially and scheme wise. The Buccaneers obviously signed Hicks to fill the void left by Suh, but the Pierre-Paul void is a massive hole that needs to be filled.

The Bucs need that veteran voice, that presence to help the development of players Tryon-Shoyinka and Anthony Nelson. Flowers can bring that and more.

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