Free Agent Could Bolster Bucs’ OLB Room

Bucs basic supervisor Jason Licht has assembled fairly the roster for 2022. As nationwide retailers proceed to launch their place group rankings, the Bucs proceed to grade out favorably. The staff sports activities depth at a number of place teams, together with broad receiver, offensive line, defensive position and security. Many of those teams have been mentioned on a latest episode of the Pewter Report Podcast.

One place group that isn’t talked about a lot when discussing the deepest place teams is the surface linebackers. The Bucs have a powerful beginning pair in veteran Shaq Barrett and second-year participant Joe Tryon-Shoyinka. Nonetheless, there are issues about the place that group would stand if an harm have been to happen to considered one of them. Past these two, there may be Anthony Nelson, who’s coming off of a profession 12 months that included 5 sacks. After which there isn’t a lot expertise past that. Cam Gill, Elijah Ponder and rookie Andre Anthony have mixed to play 145 profession snaps. And regardless of Scott Reynolds’ prediction that Ponder can be a camp sleeper, the Bucs ought to proceed so as to add to this group with a extra confirmed veteran.

Who May Bolster The Depth Chart?

Former Lions DE Trey Flowers – Photograph by: USA In the present day

This late in free company, there isn’t a plethora of choices that would qualify as difference-makers. Nonetheless, one participant does stand out as a attainable high quality depth piece. Trey Flowers, getting into his eighth season, has had a stable profession thus far. From 2018 on, Flowers posted PFF grades of 80+ over greater than 1,700 snaps. For his profession, Flowers has registered 261 tackles, 31.5 sacks, 10 compelled fumbles and 7 passes defensed.

Flowers is coming off of two consecutive injury-plagued seasons. That is almost definitely why he’s nonetheless accessible even supposing he’s nonetheless enjoying at a excessive degree. And it may very well be why the Bucs can lure the gifted edge rusher to Tampa Bay. By bringing in Flowers because the No. 3 exterior linebacker, it might assist shelter him from overuse and permit him to play deeper into the season, together with a possible playoff run.

Tryon-Shoyinka logged 560 snaps final 12 months because the Bucs No. 3 exterior linebacker. If Flowers have been to play an analogous variety of snaps, he might re-establish his worth on a one-year prove-it deal. That might permit Flowers to re-enter free company in 2023 with a possibility to signal one final huge contract simply earlier than his age-30 season.

Flowers and the Bucs look to be a mutually helpful pairing. It might assist the staff lock in depth at a key place group that could be missing whereas permitting a gifted however oft-injured participant the chance to re-establish worth whereas chasing a Tremendous Bowl. The query at this level is whether or not or not it’s going to occur.