The Bucs are back in business with Tom Brady at the helm. Having a superstar of his caliber makes players want to come play with him or return to play with him. As we’ve seen this offseason, Logan Ryan and Russell Gage came to Tampa Bay to play with the GOAT. Meanwhile, Ryan Jensen, Leonard Fournette and Carlton Davis were excited to return due to Brady’s presence.

And those three aren’t the only Bucs free agents looking to re-join the team in 2022. Add another name to that list, as Steve McClendon has said he wants to play one more season, finishing his career with the Bucs.

The 36-year old defensive tackle originally joined the Bucs in 2020 through a trade with the New York Jets. McClendon was brought in when Vita Vea suffered what was thought to be a season-ending injury. Upon his arrival, he helped continue to bolster the league’s best run defense. McLendon racked up 17 tackles, two for-a-loss, after joining the team. Last season he had 11 tackles, five for-a-loss, a half-sack, a forced fumble and a huge interception. In the playoffs he added another forced fumble, a pass deflection and a sack.

The oldest defensive tackle in the league re-signed with the Bucs on a one-year $1.2 million deal in 2021. McLendon would likely come at the same rate for the the 2022 season. With the status of Ndamukong Suh up in the air, and another weak defensive tackle class in the draft, there could be some interest in a return by the Bucs. We already know Suh wants to re-sign, as he’s been throwing out some not so subtle tweets on Twitter.

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J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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fredster
fredster
3 months ago

Seems like he has some life left but we do need to draft a DT I think.

buccaneerNW
buccaneerNW
3 months ago

We have to draft DT, no question about it — 2 if possible. We’re not gonna have money to go out and buy defensive linemen in free agency next year, so let’s draft ’em now and get ’em ready to go. If McClendon can help in the interim, sure why not.

fredster
fredster
Reply to  buccaneerNW
3 months ago

If Suh is back I’d draft one DT not two. Vea and Nacho are solid. Gholston is too. Bucs have other needs for sure. McClendon on the cheap is a good piece for this year.

Spitfire
Spitfire
3 months ago

DT seems like the thinnest spot in all of Football. It seems like a spot that is more of a plug and push but also everyone expects high production. Same as RB, nobody wants to pay for one but wants them to get 4.2yds, catch like a WR and block like a LT, like a punter and kicker that no one wants to pay but expects big numbers because without them the entire team fails. In any case, the DT spot is gonna have to go through a transition real quick and start lining up the stout DE’s there leaving… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Spitfire
twspin
twspin
3 months ago

Everybody here knows my laments, Defense Wins Championships. Not to rub it in Butt..Just ask them Rams! Ours Bucs have not..given serious attention to the Defense. Sure Brady can win a lot. But you had sure as hell better be able to get off the field and stop an aggressive opponent when it matters Batter up Bowles. Lets see your influence. Get us a fierce pass Rush, hard hittin secondary and a lockdown corner. That is of course IF..there is any money left.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  twspin
3 months ago

“Not given serious attention to the Defense”? Have you paid any attention to the recent Drafts? In predicting the goals of the Draft, I always review the current roster for hints. I too suspect this Draft will, and should be, focused on Defense, since there is age creeping up on Suh, JPP and McClendon (even if they’re signed as I expect) and LVD. Our projected starters are OK, but the depth could use an injection of talent for now and in the foreseeable future. In spite of some thinking draft choices are only for the present, they are also peeking… Read more »

Horse
Horse
3 months ago

All this old DL means more injuries a coming.so let’s carry one less LB.

Dman
Dman
3 months ago

The D line is looking pretty thin. McClendon would add depth, but in a 17 game season and at 35 his rotations would have to get shorter. There’s slim pickings in FA now and limited cap space. Bringing Suh back would be good, but again – old. JPP is there, but does he have anything left, and again – old. Of these three Suh would be the only one I would sign. Old D lineman mean lots of injuries and missed games. How many roster spots and cap space can we afford to assign to older players. Drafting D lineman… Read more »