Going into the 2018 offseason it was no secret where the Buccaneers needed to improve. And while it perhaps didn’t happen as fast as some fans would have liked, Tampa Bay is better in the trenches as March quickly wraps up.

On Thursday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers added another piece to the puzzle acquiring former USF and Giants standout pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul to bolster their anemic pass rush.

Tampa Bay sends their third round pick (No. 69 overall) and the two teams will swap fourth round selections.

The Buccaneers were dead last in sacks last season, only notching 22 quarterback takedowns and the addition of Pierre-Paul should improve that dramatically. Pierre-Paul has had 15.5 sacks over the last two seasons, and has 58.5 in his career for the Giants.

Known simply as JPP, the former Bulls star was the overall No. 15 pick in the 2010 draft after his college career at USF and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI during his time in New York. Pierre-Paul has also been to the Pro Bowl twice in while also being named All-Pro in 2011. In addition to his 58.5 career sacks he has also tallied 433 tackles, 47 pass breakups and 13 forced fumbles in his eight seasons in the NFL.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

110 COMMENTS

  1. Well, this was a surprise move. Jason traded for Jason, and he’s still playing at a high level with one hand. Better stats than Robert Quinn and just a year older. Nice move.

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    • And crazy to think Giants gave him a new deal last year, paid $22.5M for 1 year, and then dumped him for a 3rd. Understand the switch to a 3-4 and regime change probably prompted this, but still.

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      • Oh, and he had as many tackles (68) as Ayers(31) and Gholston(36) COMBINED and four times as many sacks…

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        • And almost as many tackles as Quinn(32) and Bennett(40 combined as well, with an injured hand nonetheless. Needless to say we’re not just getting DE who’s great at rushing the passer, guy’s making plays all over the field. So juiced!!!

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  2. Yikes. 11.25$ million cap hit this year, and he’s got like 8.5 fingers left. Seems like this was out of desperation -maybe chubb is not going to be around when we pick #1. In any case, it only cost us a 3rd round pick so maybe it’s not so bad.

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    • His cap hit is actually $17.5M this year, $19.5M next and $17.5M in 2020. It’s due to the prorated signing bonus teams like the Giants like to spread across the length of the deal.

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      • Actually the signing bonus was already paid and won’t count against our cap. That will become dead money on the Giants cap. We are only on the hook for his base salary and any roster bonus if any.

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        • Thanks for the correction, my bad. Was going off of his Giants cap info on OTC.

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        • Holy crap Bucnfear, no thumbs down after 60 responses!! With this crowd that’s gotta be some kind of record, PR should throw ya some season tickets or something… 🙂

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      • Per Spotrac, we’re on the hook for $12.5 million this year ($11.25m base, $1m roster, $250k workout). Total cap hits for 2019 and 2020 are $14.5m and $12.5m (bonuses are the same, base just ticks up and down). If I’m reading correctly, there also might be an opt-out next year.

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    • JPP had 15.5 sacks the last 2 seasons with the Giants. What more could u ask for? Especially for giving up what basically is a 3rd round draft pick because we’re swapping our 4th round picks.

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    • @ Deeznuts, he has 8.5 fingers yes.. But Shaquem Griffin has one hand & is a terror on the field. Would you be upset if we draft him?

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  3. Love it. Find it a bit odd that Licht would give up more for JPP than Quinn considering he’s older and has guaranteed money throughout next 3 years, but not my call. Maybe the Bucs didn’t want to get involved in contract negotiations with Quinn since his deal expires at the end of next year. Either way, glad JPP is a Buc.

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    • Plus he only has this year of gaurenteed money so this isn’t a risk/ bad move at all. Nice work jason. Now we see if mike smith actually knows how to use the talent we have

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      • Still have the prorated signing bonus cap hit of $5M in ’19 and ’20 due if we were to cut him next year, though believe their plan is to keep him since they gave up a 3rd.

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        • Scratch that cap hit info, totally wrong on my part…. ;(

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  4. I’m legitimately stunned. Smart move for both teams. Hopefully this shuts the Licht critics up good.

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    • And to be clear, I don’t think means we pass on Chubb if he falls to us. Just lessens the sting if he doesn’t, and almost definitely rules out the possibility of a trade-up.

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      • They would still draft him like we signed Grimes and still drafted VHIII. Light tends to double down.

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      • Have to believe they made this move because they just don’t see a scenario where Chubb makes it to #7. Unless he fails a drug test or gets caught wearing a gas mask…

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        • I agree . The first conclusion I made when the Colts traded down but stayed in front of us was that Chubb was as good as gone.

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      • Great move. We now have 2 quality DEs. It means they can pick the BPA and not out of need. Chubb? Barkley? Nelson? All good! Or trade back and regain our 3rd pick.
        I think we should continue stock piling DL and OL because that’s where championships are won.

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      • The Giants are going to draft Chubb, geniuses! Why do you think they traded Pierre Paul?

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  5. How does it rule trading up? I think it enhances it if barkley is there. Seems like a win now mode from these moves.

    But so happy from these offseason transactions. Keep getting the trenchs stronger!

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    • Hard to see a move up when they’ve already given up a 3rd. Walking away from the 1st three rounds with Nelson/James, Michel/Guice, and JPP would be great imo.

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    • I just don’t think there is anyone in this draft worth trading up for, Especially a running back. Heck Barkely might fall to the Bucs at this point. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if we traded down and got that pick back and maybe another.

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  6. I think this is a good move, JPP is still relatively young and the question is, is he better or an improvement that what we currently have on the edge? Yes. I think this is also smart because we all don’t know if Chubb will be there at #7, which looks more and more like it will be either (James or Fitz) taken with our first round pick. I think the Bucs will then either trade back into the 1st round if they think the RB they are looking at will be gone (the other Chubb from Georgia or Michel from Georgia). I personally hope the latter of this two names falls to us in the 2nd without the Bucs having to make any move to move up.

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  7. Don’t like this. Would have rather had Robert Quinn or Michael Bennett and kept that 3rd round pick. The money JPP is owed the next few years would have prevented me from doing this, and keeping that pick. SMH

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    • 100% agreement with you on this

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      • Guys, we couldn’t have Quinn and Michael. They were gone; gone maybe because they would have blown up our cap.

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    • 36 morons who would rather pay JPP $54.5 mill(an avg of $18.16 mill per yr) over the next 3 years and not keep the 69th pick in this draft. Not surprising around here.

      JPP – 16 sacks over the past 3 season, avg of 5.33 sacks per season.

      Bennett 23.5 sacks over the past 3 seasons, avg of 7.8 sacks per season

      Quinn 18.5 sacks over the past 3 seasons, avg of 6.16 sacks per season

      And y’all telling me you wouldn’t prefer to keep the 69th pick in this draft and go with a cheaper player in Bennett or Quinn??

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      • Not sure why people are morons because they disagree with your position.
        JPP is 29 and had 101 tackles and 15.5 sacks in 28 games last two seasons
        RQ is 27 and had 20 tackles and 12.5 sacks in 26 games last two seasons
        MB is 32 and had 74 tackles and 13.5 sacks in 27 games last two seasons.
        Your salary obligation appears to be off per most sources. Bucs have 39 million obligation.

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      • Yeah JPP had 12.5 sacks 4 seasons ago and he only played in 8 games in 2015 which is the year he was injured (Read: Blew part of his hand off!) and he only played 12 games the next year I believe. If you go by how many sacks per game he is higher than both those players I think. Also, only a moron would whine about adding a really good player at a position of need! Or a Dirty Saints fan… OMG, Bucsfan1983 IS REALLY A SAINTS FAN!! Just trying to stir SHtuff up for the Bucs fans. SMH… Go away spy!!

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      • You’re salary cap numbers are way off, so if you want to come in claiming others are morons, at least fact check to prevent yourself from looking like… you know, a moron. And Bennett is also 3 years older than Jpp, and a tool to boot so yeah that doesn’t fly either.

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        • Moron here, +1 on the fact check thing, See my salary cap comments above. 🙂

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          • You’re good FlaBoy, you weren’t calling anyone a moron. People make mistakes all the time.

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      • Well I guess Jason Licht is apparently a moron in relation to Bucsfan1983’s IQ.

        If Licht doesn’t stick around, we could just take GM decisions directly from Bucfan1983’s posts on Pewter Report.

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    • Maybe, just maybe, neither Quinn or Bennett wanted to come here.

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  8. Best use of a third round pick in the Licht era. I like this move!!

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  9. Many premier DE’s hit peak production in their late 20’s early 30’s (Strahan, Rice, Taylor, Allen etc).

    The hope is that like his fingers JPP’s mounting injuries don’t cut short a useful career. The Bucs should legitimately have 3 to 4 good years with JPP.

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  10. Good Move! :>)

    Do you suppose that the postseason self-examination by the brain trust was for real this time?

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  11. looks like they are preparing themselves not to draft a DE. SS, OG and RB seems to be the priorities.

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    • CBB???

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  12. Good move! I think this move will actually enable us to trade down if we get a good offer from Bills. I feel drafting chubb at #7 is a distant dream so we would likely be concentrating on drafting secondary players in the first round and we should get a good one at #12 if we trade down with Bills.

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    • Still have a hard time seeing the Bills only moving up to #7, when they have the ammo to go much higher. Know most of us would like to see it, myself included, but makes little sense if they’re targeting a QB to wait until the top ones are already off the board. All depends on what position they’re looking to address. Guess we’ll see next month.

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      • Baker Mayfield may be available at 7 especially now that there are rumors that the giants will take Chubb at #2. Either way, we are in a good position. I wouldn’t be too sad if we stay at 7 and take the best secondary player available.

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      • FLBoy I hope the Bills like L. Jackson remember as of today they don’t have a ligament starting QB and Arizona has a broken down QB so it possible for them to trede.

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        • Trade not trade opps.

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        • Besides Bradford, Arizona has Glennon. They’re set for next 10 years. 😉

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      • Don’t forget the Patriots might be wanting to move up to for their future quarterback.

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  13. I doubt one of the top 4 QB’s is on the board when the Bucs pick at 7, but if one is the Bucs should have at least two strong trade options(I’m assuming the Bills trade into the top four).

    Miami would probably be willing to give up their 1st, 2nd and 4th
    Arizona would probably be willing to give up their 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

    If the Bucs stay pat I think the pick will be one of these three
    Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
    Bradley Chubb DE NC State
    Derwin James DB Florida State

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  14. Does this mean William Gholston is gone or at least takes a pay cut to stay? It’s not my money, so I say keep him as a run stopper DE and 3rd down DT.

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    • I think his money is guaranteed this year

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      • It is, only way Bucs could get out from under Gholston’s cap hit is to trade him. Would much rather have him on the squad though than some UDFA for depth as long as the numbers work for the Bucs. Injuries happen and we’ve gone too long with crappy depth on the DL.

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        • Thanks

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  15. We will be in the top five run defense and top 20 in sacks I’ll say 15-20… Better not great.

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  16. I hope we can trade back a little and get a 3rd back.
    Welcome back home JPP!

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  17. What now?

    The values of the three draft picks the Bucs are trading to NYG add up to the value of a mid to late second round pick. JPP is worth all of that even with the bigger cap hit.

    The DL is now better which makes the DBs better.

    It looks like the needs are LG and RB with one first round and one second round draft pick available. If Nelson and Barkley are gone by our pick at seven, can we/do we trade down? That would seem to be the best value. Wouldn’t that really boost the value of the JPP trade?

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    • That would be incorrect, the Bucs traded a 3rd (69th) and moved up 6 spots in the swap of 4th round picks (102 from 108), I assume you are thinking that they had another 4th they could trade (they don’t).

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    • What about CB and SS??

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    • Not sure how that equals to a middle round second pick? I would call it more like a mid to late round 3rd pick.

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  18. Welcome back to Tampa JPP. The Buc’s have had some problems since you last hunted QB’s at USF. Looking forward to your help with our anemic Pass-Rush. It’s a Great Day in Tampa Bay. Go Buc’s.

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  19. Someway..Somehow..I’m still hopin we can trade down. That way we pick up an extra pick plus recap value for giving up our 3rd already. Now that would really make Licht look good! Landry and Davenport might still be there. There is value in the 2nd and 3rd rds at Running back. Make this Buc team better!

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    • We don’t really have a choice now. 3rd rounders are too valuable to this team which has hit really well on them the past few years. I mean, I guess I’m fine with a trade down strategy but I’m really not high on this move like others are.

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      • Just an FYI – Historically a 3rd round pick has under a 30% chance of becoming a consistent starter in the NFL.

        3rd Round – OL (40%) TE (39%) LB (34%) DL (27%) WR (25%) DB (24%) QB (17%) RB (16%)

        I do appreciate you having a separate opinion and are not just mimicking others! I give you a thumbs up for a different opinion.

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        • Gholston was the third round pick and that speaks for itself.

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      • Licht has only used a 3rd round pick twice since he’s been here; Godwin last, year and Sims in 2014. He’s traded the 3rd pick away every other year. So it appears that Licht believes that is a good pick to trade. I would have been happier if Light would have gotten JPP for a fourth round pick, and maybe throw in our 7th round, or extra sixth rd pick. I bet the Giants would have caved. Clearly they have their eyes set on Chubb, and was going to need to make room for him. JPP was the odd man out. But at least this way you know that your going to get a productive player “in the 3rd round” verses getting stuck with another Mason Foster, or Myron Lewis (Not Licht’s picks though).

        Now it’s time to go get Barkley!

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  20. Cool!!! This is exactly why I never freak out 2 days before FA start’s . I like to wait till the dust has settled long after the draft bc you never know what’s going on behind the scene’s with the front office of any team. GO BUCS!!!

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    • Most of us TRY not to freak out, but in the end, sometimes we just can’t help ourselves…

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  21. According to a report from the New York Post, it appears that the Giants will draft Chubb at pick 2.

    I’m altering my “mock draft” schemes to eliminate Chubb as a result.

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  22. I bet we dif try to trade down unless we have a chance to get one of the top 3 talents. Barkley, Nelson or Chubb. No guarantees we can trade down but we should be good either way. GO BUCS!!!

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  23. Apprehensive about losing a 3rd round pick, especially for a 29 year old. But hopefully JPP can return to form back home and in the warm weather and grass field at Ray Jay. We’ve definitely added some depth to the D-line this FA period. Now let’s see if our scouts can find some diamonds in the rough out there. All the draft boards and pundits have us believing there is only one real DE in this draft in Chubb, yet every year guys come out of the woodwork. And this may be the strategy that there are no real starters out there, but some guys that will need time to develop so build with vets now, bring younger guys along. And I have a feeling Licht trades back up at some point during draft day – that’s his MO. Go Bucs!!!

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  24. PFT:

    Pierre-Paul is under contract through 2020. His base salary of $11.25 million for 2018 is fully guaranteed. The Giants will absorb a $15 million cap hit by trading him, based on the remaining proration of his $20 million signing bonus from a contract signed last year.

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  25. I am a Buc fan but it hard not to be negative, Jason Pierre-Paul is an improvement over what they had, however, his production has gone down every year since 2012 Giants did not want him at his contract price Bucs gave the third round and used up a lot of cap space , Giants would have given a third round to get him off team and paid some of his salaries, I sure they laughing at this deal. He is a solid starter not near pro bowl type player. He will make about 40 tackles with 4-5 sacks on Bucs this year. He was injured in 2016 out last 4- games in the season and has never been the same. For this money, a smart team would have picked up a pro bowl level player.

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    • Not sure why everyone is so worried about cap space. It’s not our money and most people have to realize, next year we will probably shave another 20-40 million off the cap easy when grimes leaves, Gholston probably cut,Desean Jackson won’t be on this team Mccoy maybe done, Lavonte David? These guys are all getting up there and the cap increases every year. This team has been very frugal in how they use their cap money so I don’t worry nearly as much about it.

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  26. Great tactical move !…get a need….and opens up draft day for taking an offensive player at 7 or trading down….

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  27. This is some damn good news. Now we don’t have to bite our nails on Draft Day. If Nelson falls to us this might be the best trench warfare we’ve seen at One Buc in a while. Well done Licht!

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  28. Heyooooooooooooooo!

    JPP is finally something to chat about. I haven’t hated their free agency thus far, but it has absolutely been a lot of the same old same old. I did like Trevor pointing out the contracts they got out of the way which was something I hadn’t been paying attention to and is a big deal. But this, this is a piece that allows us flexibility for BPA come draft day. And USF… Go Bulls.

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    • I also don’t want to sound like a broken record, but with what they’ve done so far and if they went hard and got Deon Lewis… I’d grade Licht an A as of right now. I still think Barber plus draft pick is not enough. But pleasantly surprised by JPP in what was clearly a scheme change and cap dump move by the Giants.

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  29. I was a bit hasty in my remarks regarding the NYG taking Chubb with the 2nd pick. Looks like they are going to overhaul their defensive line and go to a 3-4 scheme under their new regime.

    However, they might be looking to replace Manning (15 years in the league) and they might choose a QB after all.

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  30. Hold your fire. No one can tell what any of this means until we see it on the field. It appears to be a lot better defensive line but will it translate to wins? That’s all that matters. No more Free Agency and draft hype. It is going to be difficult to win in our division. If you can get to Brees, Ryan and Newton you can cause them to throw picks. That’s been proven. Maybe this helps that.

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    • Exactly – Last year’s line did nothing. The result, a new D-line coach and 3 new starters in FA. With the talent that was out there, these are the 3 Licht & Co. decided to match up with McCoy. Time to coach them into a cohesive unit and produce.

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    • True, we dont know if it will translate in to wins. But this D-Line will be a lot more fun to watch. Gerald will not be able to be double teamed as much. It will also allow us to address our terrible secondary, with hopefully Fitzpatrick or James. So Conte does not have to start

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  31. Prediction: Licht will trade back in one of the first two rounds and retrieve the pick he lost. Great day for OUR TEAM. The team is much improved now prior to the draft. Sets up to take a running back and a cornerback in a draft that is quite strong in both areas; then to take a project at defensive end and perhaps another guard. Really like the position in which this places us. Colts just lost Chubb.

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    • Good point on the Colts!! They may now be willing to trade back again to a team that wants a QB!!

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    • Yeah more like the Bucs trade back from their 2nd round pick and pick up a 4th and maybe a 5th.

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  32. I love reading all the comments from people who think they know more than the professionals who get paid boat loads of money to do it!!

    I love this move simply because it isn’t a huge financial impact if he gets hurt!! Plus, it only cost a 3rd rd pick and they move up in the 4th!!

    This also gives them the freedom to be picky about trading down!! They don’t have to use the pick if they get the package they want!!

    I’m excited at the changes and believe it is a definite improvement!! This also makes the secondary better because, as we have learned over the last 2 yrs, Mike Smith’s defense needs to put pressure on the QB to be successful!! They will definitely put more pressure than last years group!!

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  33. If the Bucs realize they already have a capable CB in Tandy who played CB at WVa. at a high level and he has proved he is a playmaker and a good tackler, and move him to CB, they can take Barkley in the first round and an outstanding Guard in the second round, or take Nelson in the first round and Penny in the second round, and Miami’s DE in the fourth round for Buckner to develop, a Strong Safety in round 5, Pinero who only missed one placekick all year and can kick an 87 yard field goal in the sixth, and two fast Special Team players in the second sixth and the seventh. The key is moving Tandy to CB and making him a starter. Tandyman can do it!!! We would be set on Offense and Defense, and Special Teams.

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  34. Although JPP has his lazy moments, he is a big upgrade for us. This also shows we have no shot at Chubb and will probably use the 7th pick on Derwin James and our second round pick on a running back. Go Bucs!

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  35. Now sign a CB, a S, and trade DJax to the Niners for their extra 3rd round pick and I would give Licht’s pre-draft offseason an A+!

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    • It’s funny, I saw the Bucs were talking to a Pennstate WR, can’t remember his name off hand, but were they pumping info on him or Barkley? I’ve said all along, I think they should trade Jackson the night of the draft for a third or second. Bring in Godwin, who clearly already has better chemestry with Jameis, and it makes sense. But I don’t think the Bucs are going to trade Jackson. Just my wish I guess.

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  36. Go go go!

    Keep building those trenches Licht!

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  37. … also a side note … did anyone else notice all three new D-lineman have Super Bowl rings? Coincidence or planned – who knows, but will be interesting how it affects leadership on the field and in locker room. Maybe push McCoy. Maybe put some Nasty in that line!

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  38. Other teams are getting Pro Bowlers,Bucs happy with Ok players other teams are trading to get in front of Bucs draft day Bucs being at the bottom of division I would have liked to see a big player picked up and some major improvements, Giants would have given this guy to anyone to free up their cap space he can start on most teams but he not going to make the huge impact needed. Bucs need a big-time player on D to get the double team off Mccoy this guy does not do that. If he was great he would be a Giant today not a Buc. Use some common sense.

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    • Sorry dude, JPP is a Pro Bowler!! We are VERY happy with him!!! JPP is a big player, and you’re right, JPP will not get the double teams off of McCoy. B Allen will do that!! Or, if they still double team McCoy, then JPP and Curry will make them pay.

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      • He was Pro Bowl player 2011 with 93 tackles and 17 sacks
        he has not had that many tackles and sacks in last 3 years combined, He long way from that player
        you think the Giants dumped him because he was pro bowler they dumped him because he never was same after the injury they will use 3 pick to get a DE that is fresh without the huge contract.

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        • Whatever.. You obviously just do this for the fun of it, I will no longer respond to your posts. By the way, the Giants can have the pick if they r going to use it on a DE in the 3rd, I will take the current JPP any day over that 3rd round inexperienced DE, in a draft VERY weak at DE in the first place.

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  39. Well I can’t say I’m too excited about our best DE averaging 7 or 8 sacks a year, but he’s certainly better than anything we had last year at DE.

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  40. This is a great move…finally. Kudos to Licht. JPP is miles better than anything we’ve had at DE for over a decade. But whether you believe JPP is the 16 sack JPP, or only the 8.5 sack JPP, the upgrade in either case is well worth a 3rd round pick….that is trading a lottery pick that, by some analysis, has at best a 25% chance of success (that being a consistent starter, not a sack-machine) for 8.5 sacks…that’s a trade to make every day of the week and twice on Sunday. We would trade a 1st rounder for a DE that could get 8.5 sacks for us…he’s not wildly expensive (this isn’t Olivier Vernon for us) and he’s still under 30.

    Plus, McCoy now, finally, after 8 years has somebody legitimate to play on the Line with him…look for McCoy’s sack number to go up this year too.

    I was very disappointed in Licht sitting on the sidelines with cheap trade after cheap trade going by….now very happy that he founding of his own.

    Now keep it going into the draft!!!!!!!!!!! Barkley or Nelson should be ours for the taking and that means a significant improvement to the offense to couple with a significant improvement to the pass rush. Go Bucs!

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  41. Does anyone in Bucs land know he blew one of his fingers off and mangled his hand and has had problems since?

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    • 8.5 sacks is not a problem

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    • And yes, we all know what happened. Did you know there is a LB in the draft that is missing an entire hand??? He is also a very good player and will be drafted!

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  42. Mike seven I am new to commenting on this site but I can see you are a troll. His production has of course went down from 16.5 sacks he had but since his firework fiasco his sack numbers have went up every year. I like how when you compare stats to Quinn and Bennett you throw in the year he didn’t play. But the last two years he has his numbers are a lot better than there’s. So keep trolling and be jealous that the bucs signed him and your saints got Okafor who on his best year had as many sacks as jpp had last year. It was a great trade. The giants were never going to release him 8.5 sacks doesn’t grow on trees. You keep saying his production dropped he had 35% of the sacks are whole team got last year so for a 3rd round pick I will take that every day of the week. You just worry about how Brees and company are goin got game plan against him McCoy and curry next year

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  43. Oh my goodness this one has both sides of the Peanut Gallery stirred up. Folks who routinely find fault in anything Jason Licht does, and who began criticizing the Free Agency race our GM was to run as soon as he didn’t jump into the early lead when the starting gun sounded, are sure having to beebuhdabeeb now. Just because some folks don’t know the off-season plan doesn’t mean there isn’t one.

    I’m not the biggest Free Agency fan, but our defensive line has just been rebuilt in a week. There’s little doubt that the only way to go is “up” from the 2017, last ranked unit. Now, if a certain ex-Gator CB can live up to his Draft position and fellow CB Ryan Smith can develop the way #20 did in his third year, we just might have a defense that can compete.

    Makes the Draft even more interesting with seemingly greater flexibility.

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  44. I certainly haven’t been a Licht supporter but I’m willing to admit that he’s doing a good job reshaping the DE position. Still think the DT position needs a more explosive upfield rusher BUT I think drafting Shepard would really round out this group nicely. Good job, now let’s maybe see if we can poach a good CB from a team and shift VHIII back to the slot where he belongs.

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  45. Jason Licht has created the team at the bottom of the division, this team needs major moves a tweak here and there will not bring this team out of the cellar, The new center is better and JJP is an improvement for a bad D line. Problem is Giants to happy to get rid of him why? his numbers go down every year 29 years old and the 69 pick in the draft is gone and a cap is closing, 69th pick in the draft there will be a better younger player with the rookie salary. I watch other teams making big huge moves, this team is happy with last. Same coach same same same. What is wrong with wanting a real Pro bowl player brought in, not a guy that in last three years has gone down by 50% ! since when am I the A-hole for wanting more.

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    • You’re not an A-hole bro, you’re just wrong.

      Giants didn’t want to get rid of him, but they are switching to a 3-4. They are high on Chubb and translating a 4-3 DE to a 3-4 after an extended career in the NFL has it’s risks and Gettleman opted to take a 3rd to help build their crap roster on defense. It’s common sense if you actually research. I’m not sure if you’re aware of Gettleman but dude is notorious for letting go of excellent players, as he did in Carolina and essentially alienated his fan base.

      As far as your analysis of JPP, well he has a better supporting cast in Tampa now, especially next to McCoy. His numbers should go up. Not to mention he had his 3rd most productive season in his career in 2017. The guy is good and you seem to be asking for Von Miller or something LOL.

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      • Why not get a great player? ,LOL I now realize the problem is and I now see it, great players are not going to sign in Tampa with these coaches and owner so maybe just improving each position will keep a little heat off

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  46. Knock it all you want, but his contract, and our need match up perfectly. Tell Peppers 29 is to old, some of you make me laugh. He’s in the middle of a four year deal, he’d get more money from many teams if he was seeking a new contract. Edge rushers in their prime don’t come cheap, J.P.’s deal is cap friendly. If you can complain after this move, you should maybe root for someone else, this is as good as it gets in Buc land.

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    • Julius Peppers is a 9-time Probowl with more sack last year than JJP will get in 2 years you can not compare these 2 unless you on hopium. Guess because I want this team to win I should find another team according to the pewter trolls. JJP will not flourish under this style defence Smith runs.

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