Five Buccaneers were named to the Pro Bowl a few weeks ago, and now three more will join them. Weeks after Tom Brady, Ali Marpet, Tristan Wirfs, Ryan Jensen and Shaq Barrett were dubbed original ballot Pro Bowlers, the Bucs have bumped their total to eight. WR Mike Evans, S Antoine Winfield and LB Devin White will all earn Pro Bowl recognition as well.
All three Bucs players were originally named as first alternates to the Pro Bowl. Now Evans will earn his fourth Pro Bowl nod, exactly half of the number of seasons he’s spent in the NFL. On the season, Evans collected 74 catches for 1,035 yards and 14 touchdowns.
As for White and Winfield, both Bucs defenders were honored for the first time. In year three, White struggled mightily, failing to match his impressive production from the year before. Still, support from voters put him in when Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner opted out. White finished the 2021 season with 128 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Winfield was one of the Bucs’ biggest rising stars this season. Despite missing four games, he finished third on the team in tackles with 88. Winfield also added two sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. He’s one of the most assignment-sound players in the NFL and a true leader in the defensive backfield. When Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs pulled out due to injury, the Pro Bowl quickly added Winfield.
Eight Pro Bowlers is the second-highest single season total in Bucs history. Back in 2000, Tampa Bay sent nine players to the Pro Bowl, Before that, the Bucs put eight players into the game in 1997.
Brady and Wirfs will not play in this year’s Pro Bowl.