Trade priorities shifted for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers amid exterior linebacker Shaquil Barrett’s season-ending Achilles tear. Houston Texans edge rusher Jerry Hughes might fill that void.
Greg Auman of The Athletic instructed Hughes, 34, as an possibility for the reason that thirteenth-yr veteran can play exterior linebacker. He at present performs on Texans defensive position and 5 sacks in seven video games this season. He additionally leads the workforce in quarterback pressures with 21, per Pro Football Focus.
Auman famous that the Texans (1-5-1) “would do well to unload veteran players for picks — Hughes is easy to fit under the cap with a $2 million base salary, and has no guaranteed money after this season, which makes him an inexpensive rental, likely available for a late-round draft pick”. The Bucs have $3.43 million in wage cap area, per Spot Trac, amid a number of wants earlier than the November 1 commerce deadline.
Bucs head coach Todd Bowles confirmed on October 28 that the entrance workplace might make a transfer earlier than the commerce deadline. The Bucs sit in the course of the NFC South Division race, mired in a 3-sport shedding streak.
“Only if it’s something that we see that interests us, that can help us and get something for them that we’re really trying to get. We’ve got some guys we feel confident in, but at the same time you never stop looking for anything,” Bowles informed reporters.
Jerry Hughes Is a Versatile Force(*63*)
Hughes final performed linebacker in 2016 for the Buffalo Bills the place he tallied six sacks, a compelled fumble, and 48 tackles. He has 63.0 sacks, 17 power fumbles, 11 interceptions, and 426 tackles in his profession, too.
His sturdiness might assist a Bucs defensive unit beset by accidents. Hughes has performed in 15 or extra video games each season since 2012, and he performed 12 video games in every of his first two seasons within the league.
Indianapolis drafted Hughes within the first spherical out of TCU. The Houston native performed three seasons for the Colts earlier than the workforce traded him to Buffalo for Kelvin Sheppard in 2013.
Hughes helped the Bills return to relevancy over the previous 9 years, and he grew to become the franchise’s fourth all-time sack chief throughout his time there. He left the Bills in to signal together with his hometown Texans as a free agent in May. That all got here amid the Bills signing Von Miller within the offseason, a transfer to push the Bills towards a Super Bowl run.
Tampa Bay buying Hughes would maintain him away from Super Bowl contenders which might be interested by him. Hughes has been linked to the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals.
Bucs Need an Answer With or Without a Trade(*63*)
The Bucs additionally might unwell afford to not bolster the move rush, which struggled earlier than Barrett’s damage. Tampa Bay solely has 25.0 sacks, 46 tackles for loss, and 6 compelled fumbles this season.
Opponents in the meantime throw for 194 yards per sport and common 6.4 yards per try towards the Bucs. The protection has allowed 13 touchdowns and produced solely 6 interceptions. The Bucs haven’t achieved something within the takeaway division amid a 3-sport shedding streak.
Filling Barrett’s footwear falls on Anthony Nelson and Carl Nassib for now. Nelson has 2.0 sacks, 2 quarterback hits, and 13 tackles to date. Nassib additionally has 2.0 sacks, a move deflection, 3 quarterback hits, and 12 tackles.