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The Tide is Turning: Defense Pt.1

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Shaq Barrett Gets The Tag.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have used their first franchise tag since 2012 when they placed the tag on kicker ConorBarth. This comes as no surprise as it had been believed for some time to be the smartest move for the Buccaneers.

The tag will pay Barrett roughly 4 times ($15.8M) what he made last season. Kudos to Tampa for making the right choice.

Bucs re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul.

Jason Pierre-Paul is returning to Tampa for another two years. A no-brainer for a guy who has proven so much, and a guy who came to Tampa a couple of seasons ago and broke the double-digit sack drought. Later he had an accident in the offseason and sustained a broken neck, which many – including Bucs Life Media – believed could end his career. however, he came back and took over the locker room like a true veteran, playing in 10 games, starting in 8, recording 8.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 27 tackles, so re-signing him had to be a top priority. He will earn $25m for the next two years with $20m guaranteed.

Bucs Bring back, Minter.

Bucs re-sign LB Kevin Minter to a 1-year veteran$1.187m contract with $137.5k guaranteed and fits Bowles scheme perfectly, considering he started out with DC Todd Bowles in Arizona for two seasons before Bowles took over at the New York Jets. Todd Bowles, Bruce Arians, and Jason Licht all had their hand in the drafting Minter in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft. Great re-sign for depth. 

Bucs Re-signing Another Vet.

Bucs re-sign veteran safety, Andrew Adams to a 1-year $1m contract. Adams joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018 and had his day in the sun when he picked off Cam Newton 3 times at home in a 24-17 win over the Panthers. Adams started 11 times last year recording 1 INT, 3 pass defends, 1 forced fumble, and 46 combined tackles.

Bucs Bring Back “Nacho”.

The Bucs have brought back free-agent linebacker Rakeem Nunez-Roches on a 1-year $2.25m contract with $1m guaranteed. He will bring solid depth to the linebacker position. He active in all 16 games last season, recording 9 combined tackles and a fumble recovery.

Carl Nassib to Vegas.

When Carl Nassib arrived in Tampa, no one was exactly sure as to what he would accomplish, considering his two-year stint in Cleveland did not wow anybody. The Browns drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL draft.

In two seasons with the Browns, he recorded 9 pass defends, 5.5 sacks, and 52 combined tackles. When he arrived in Tampa, he recorded 2 pass defends, 12.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 63 combined tackles. 

If Gruden utilizes Nassib properly, they will have landed themselves a strong contributor to the defense, which is likely the reason they locked him in for three years at $25m with $17m of that guaranteed.

Beau Allen to New England.

Most fans totally forgot we even had Beau Allen on the team for the past two seasons because he has been relatively quiet. playing in 27 games, starting in 8, he recorded .05 sacks and 10 combined tackles. Don’t let the stats fool you, Allen was solid against the run game and one of the main reasons the Buccaneers went after former Eagles’ Super Bowl champ. Allen never put up wowing stats, but stats do not always speak to situations. Belichick knows this, and that is why he added him to the roster on a two year $8m contract.

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