There are many reasons that Tampa could be eyeing a veteran safety, and who better than someone that has played in Bowles’ system and played under Head Coach Bruce Arians?
Bucannon was drafted by Arians with the 27th pick of the 2014 NFL draft and can play SS, FS, and LB.
The veteran Safety played for 5 season with the Cardinals where he recorded 404 tackles, 7 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, 5 fumbles recovered, 2 INTs with 1 for a TD, and 12 pass defends.
Although his stats look more like a linebacker’s stats, Bucannon could be a great addition to the Buccaneers defense if the money’s right.
The Cardinals paid Bucannon $8,718,000 for his 5th-year option last season, and he could seek to gain a nice pay out for 2019, however, Licht could get him on a 3- year contract that would be cap friendly, loaded with incentives, and with a possible out clause. Licht has done that kind of thing before.
Pewter Report makes a pretty strong case for Deone Bucannon:
Deone Bucannon might be the safety the #Bucs are targeting. Played for Todd Bowles as a rookie in Arizona and had some good years with Bruce Arians.
Plus, the guy has the words "Buc" and "Cannon" in his name. Natural fit in Tampa Bay.
— PewterReport (@PewterReport) March 11, 2019