It’s been a busy couple of days for the Buccaneers.
Just one day after making Lavonte David the league’s highest paid 4-3 outside linebacker the team turned their attention to free agency and have agreed to terms with former Seahawks’ defensive tackle Tony McDaniel on a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million, as first reported by NFL Media’s Rand Getlin.
A 10-year veteran, McDaniel played his first three seasons in Jacksonville (2006-2009) before moving south to play for the Dolphins from 2009-2012. During that eight-year span he started a combined six games before reviving his career and winning a Super Bowl in Seattle. Over the past two seasons McDaniel has started 29 games, recording 84 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two sacks. The 6-foot-7 tackle has also deflected 14 passes during his career.
A quality player in Seattle, McDaniel ended his two year-stint as a cap casualty after the team extended quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner to hefty, elite-level contracts.
McDaniel, who serves primarily as a run stopper, will add depth to the Bucs interior tackle group that recently lost Akeem Spence. He’ll join Gerald McCoy, Henry Melton and former teammate Clinton McDonald as part of arguably the Buccaneers’ deepest position.
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Good pick up, but where is the DE help? Go Bucs!
A 29-game starter on Seattle’s Super Bowl squads of the past two seasons, McDaniel is more of a run stuffer than an interior pass rusher. He will add much-needed rotational depth to a Buccaneers front seven if Akeem Spence is expected to be out longer than originally thought or is even moved to IR. I’m not going to venture a guess as to how Bowers figures into all of this – I’ll Leave Lovie and Frazier to sort that one out. I don’t know if this is the plan but this addition could free up Melton to play some DE as he played at Texas.
Side note and looking ahead, we need to sign one more Seahawk! That would be LT Russell Okung. Thanks to Wilson and Wagner, Okung is going to get to 2016 free agency. Okung would be a solid left tackle while our young draftees learn to master the position. Okung is now acting as his own agent and will be looking to get paid. Can’t have too many good O-Linemen!
On the humorous side, Greg Auman’s son Riley noted how the Bucs top four DTs mesh alphabetically: McCoy, McDonald, McDaniel, Melton suggested “the MC Hammers.” Someone else said they’re the Mac that goes with the Cheesy Bucs O-Line. The Bucs seem to be fond of Macs – they have McCoy, McDaniel, McDonald, McDougald, McFadden, and of course there’s macabee – must be a group photo there somewhere! Lol.
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Acording to Rick Stroud, McDaniel passed his physical this AM. He’s a Buc now!
Yeah, he was on a super bowl winning team so were a lot of people, he is a mediocre player at best, he had 34 tackles last yr and a better yr two yrs ago with around 50+ tackles but with McDonald and Melton and McCoy we don’t need him
It seems like our plan is to get pressure up the middle instead of the edge? Or maybe to have enough DTs to free up a guy like Melton to also play DE? Idk for sure but I like the moves we’ve been making. I don’t care where it comes from, as long as there’s pressure on the QB! Go Bucs!
Our defense might be able to disguise what our intentions really might be.
I guess this is because of Spence. What exactly happened to him ?
Sounds like the line is going to be a Big Mac Attack.
The staff must not like what they are seeing in Bowers right now or I doubt if this would have been done since Bowers come in at a cheaper price.
Wish the Bucs would pick up a veteran RG to shore up that position.
I am not familiar with McDaniel. When I saw the headline I got excited and thought maybe they signed a veteran D.E. Or O line…..
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