Written by Paul Stewart | Bucpower.com: There are three Tampa Bay selections for the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, although actual participation may still be in doubt. Shaq Barrett will take his NFL leading 16.5 sacks there, but the involvement of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin will depend on their injury status.
This is the first time that two Buccaneer receivers have been selected.
Mark Carrier was the first Tampa Bay wideout so honored in 1989, and then it was more than a decade before Keyshawn Johnson’s ego was chosen. Keenan McCardell and Vincent Jackson both earned nominations, and this is the third time Mike Evans was named to the team.
Barrett is the perfect example of a successful free agent signing.
Looking back through past selections, I can find four other free agent arrivals who went to the Pro Bowl after their first seasons in Tampa. Hardy Nickerson in 1993, Jeff Christy, and Randall McDaniel in 2000 and then Jackson in 2012.
There has been no announcement yet on reserves and as to whether Lavonte David will make it as part of the linebacking corps.
The one disappointment about the Pro Bowl is that it has once again been moved to Orlando and will take place the week before the Super Bowl, which will further reduce the top participants. I mean, Orlando – can you imagine Ronde Barber’s famous quote about preferring to go to San Diego if his choice had not been Hawaii.