The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of three teams interested in trading for New York Jets inside linebacker Darron Lee, according to NFL Insider Benjamin Allbright.

The Jets are looking to trade their former first-round pick because he’s apparently not an ideal fit for Gregg Williams’ new defense in New York. The Jets are reportedly looking for a third-round pick in a trade, and Albright reports that Cleveland and Denver are also interested in acquiring Lee.

Lee played for Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who drafted him with the 20th overall pick in 2016, and has recorded 238 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 11 passes defensed, four sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown in his first three years in the NFL. He would be an ideal fit Tampa Bay because he knows Bowles’ scheme and would come cheap, as Lee is in the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to make $1,843,861 in base salary in 2019.

Here is a look at how Bowles used Lee in his 3-4 Jets defense during the 2017 season.

The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Lee won a national championship at Ohio State and ran a 4.47 at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2016. He would bring much needed speed to Tampa Bay’s defense, and the fact that the Bucs could pick up his fifth-year option in 2020, as he was a former first-rounder, would essentially give the team two years to gauge his value before having to commit to a long-term contract.

Lee was suspended for the final four games of the 2018 season due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He has other bouts of immaturity during his time in New York, as chronicled by JetsWire.com.

Tampa Bay has a need at inside linebacker after losing Kwon Alexander to San Francisco in free agency, coupled with the fact that Jack Cichy, last year’s sixth-round pick, tore his ACL during his rookie season, and that Kendell Beckwith, a former third-round pick, missed all of last year recovering from a bad ankle injury that could wind up being career-threatening.

The Bucs are interested in possibly drafting one of the top two inside linebackers in LSU’s Devin White or Michigan’s Devin Bush in the first round this year. White was featured in PewterReport.com’s first two 2019 Bucs mock drafts, while Bush was recently featured in the new SR’s Fab 5 column.

Here are some highlights from Lee’s Ohio State career.

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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deeznuts

Sounds like montez sweat will be the pick!

Not sure why we’d trade for Lee if we were taking Devin white. Lee is a beast tho, super fast LB.

Ty Summers is a tackle machine ILB from TCU. Has 4.5 speed and 27x reps on benchpress. Could be a solid mid-late round pick and contributes to special teams right away

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Spitfire

This would be great! Fills a huge need and takes ILB away as an immediate need… Allows us to go Oline or BPA in the 1st Round… I hope they pull this one off… Hopely Bowles is still on good terms with the Jests and hopefully they would rather trade him to an NFC Team over fellow AFC Teams…

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FLBoy84

Thought this might be a possibility when it was first reported the Jets were looking to move Lee a couple of weeks ago. Would definitely lessen the need to go LB early and still fill the position with a quality LB still on a rookie deal. Only downside is having to shell out some significant $$ next year to avoid having him be a 1-year rental for a 3rd rnd pick. If the Bucs do trade down though, we’d be able to recoup one or more in the deal.

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Charlie

They can pick up the option though FL boy, get him for 2 years. Still significantly less than the franchise tag. Plus it would allow them to go BPA the first 2 rounds of the draft. It would be an awesome trade, a 3rd maybe something next year too.

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Wright

The deadline for the option on his 2020 season is May 3rd. His salary would approximately be the average of the 3rd through 25th highest paid LBs for the upcoming 2019 season (since he is after a top 10 pick). Source: https://www.profootballrumors.com/2018/04/fifth-year-option-nfl

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drdneast

Third round pick?
How about we offer a No. 2 for him so we can finally get some production out of a second round pick.

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surferdudes

How about we offer them Brate?

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jeff becker

The New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta reports the Jets hope to move on from ILB Darron Lee. The Jets selected Lee and Christian Hackenberg with their first two picks in the 2016 draft. Lee has not been the colossal failure Hackenberg was, but he was a considerably below-average starter his first two seasons and finished last year on the suspended list because of a PED violation. It sounds like the Jets are ready to wash their hands of the situation, and that will happen if they can find a linebacker in free agency. Barring the Jets surprisingly picking up… Read more »

jeff becker

from march 11th. maybe a high 3rd rounder is too much

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BucRy

I could see us trading for lee..then come draft time, if the player we really want isn’t there at 5, we could trade down and get that pick back pretty much! I’m all for it.

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Spitfire

Yeah but I also read he struggled his first 2 seasons only to turn a corner and have his best year last year with 3 INTs and 5 pass defenses before missis the final 4 games from the PED issue. It says PFF had his ranked as the 24tg LB in the League with a Solid 72.4. Jets pages are anticipating a 5th round pick in the trade but that Cleveland could possibly trade them Emmanuel Ogbah for him. It says he has a lot of potential and the sky’s the limit if he could find the right situation. I… Read more »

BucRy

I don’t know why you got thumbed downed..I appreciated the joke.

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Dman

Trade for him by giving Jets GMC.

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SappAttack

2nd a 5th or whatever late rounder we need to get it done to ensure we draft BPA round 1 and not need.

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kram0789

He would only be cheap this year. A good year in Bowles system and he will not be cheap to re-sign. So are we willing to trade a 3rd round pick for a one year player? Please say no.

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fredster

Sounds good to me. If they can fill that hole and use higher picks for O line, D line, etc.

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jrwilson85

Devin White is a great college player and will probably be a great pro too, but talk about financial commitment, White will be that right out of the gate. If we can get Lee he has the advantage of knowing Bowles system and he is a proven pro 3-4 ILB. Even with the signing of Smith and Dotson, I still would go for Jawaan Taylor with the 1-5 pick. He has the upside to be an all pro at the position and the Bucs anemic running game isn’t all on the RBs. I would like to see what ROJO could… Read more »

Horse

I’m in no hurry to give up our third round pick for him after reading his bio.

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Pit of misery

Give them a 4th and 6 next year……..

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Bucfannomatter

Does anyone else see what’s happening here?? Yeah…. let’s trade a 3rd round pick for another guy on a one year deal. If this team busts out this year, and they will, because they are terrible, Licht gets fired, Arians retires, because his health is bad and only did this to save Lichts @$$ and we are left with zero talent, no coaching staff, no nothing. Anyone??? Are you that optimistic that you can’t see what’s about to happen here?? Oh my

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Buc-n-Philly Fan

Step off the cliff dude. Chicken Little syndrome maybe???

The series of one year deals free up our cap space next year and allow us to make decisions on the quality players. Our core of players are already signed. Sounds to me you just enjoy being a Debby Downer.

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Bucfannomatter

Oh….and I read that Winston is going to throw pics and make get changing mistakes at 250 this year. That’ll help. Have to rely on our running backs. Oop…we didn’t sign one. Just Peyton Barber who had 800 yds on 600 carries. And a large rock is better than Donovan Smith. We resigned him too. Where is this improvement going to come from? I am in football h$ll. Period. Anyone who thinks differently…. we’ll talk again in November. It’s putrid, terrible football management. “Hey Bruce…this guy can’t play. Wanna try?” “Sure. Let ME try. My turn.” Unreal. Should have been… Read more »

Buc-n-Philly Fan

Please don’t watch then!

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BucRy

People need to realize that we will not be in the same cap hell situation next year..all these one year deals are essentially a try out, and for the ones that pan out, we will be able to work out some contracts..as of right now (this will change ofcourse after this years draft) we will have around $68 million in cap space next season..while the main focus of our team is the draft, we will be able to bring back some of the players that works out for us. The biggest contract we will have to worry about next season… Read more »

Andy Ely

People need to realize just because they want a 3rd round pick doesn’t mean they are going to get a 3rd round pick. Think about it this way would you rather have Darron Lee, Quinnen Williams and Jachai Polite or just Devin White and Jachai Polite, not to mention we can pickup Lee’s 5th year option

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BucFan circa76

The Jets still owe us for the raping we got on the Darrelle Revis trade (Ist & 3rd round pick) for a 1-year “rental”……3rd round pick is too high. IMO

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MizzouBucs24

Licht values his draft picks to much to give up a 3rd. But a 4 or 5 maybe, I would do it for a 5th. It makes me nervous when teams don’t want young players on their cheap rookie deals. Greg Williams runs an aggressive 3-4 scheme similar to Bowles. So wouldn’t he fit? I really like what we have and have not done this offseason, this doesn’t feel like a good move unless the price drops.

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Spitfire

They just bought C.J. Mosely and Avery’s Williamson which apparently make the most expensive LB duo in the League it says… So that’s why Lee is up for Trade…

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Ron Potter

Well, getting Lee would definitely relieve the pressure of drafting Devin White or Devin Bush. Not sure if a 3rd round pick is a bad sacrifice as asking a rookie MLB to take over Bowles’s defense would be asking a hell of a lot. If we’re interested in this defense having the greatest chance of massive improvement this year, then that might be the price we have to pay… but hopefully we can get Lee for less.

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drdneast

Thanks BucsRy, sometimes my humor is a bit to droll and people with shall we say, limited comprehension, don’t understand it. After reading the report about him from the Jets page, I too am a little shy about him now. Still, his misdeeds weren’t that bad and if anyone remembers, Kwon had a four game suspension for using PEDs his first season. Still, a third might be a bit high, but seriously, considering Lichts drafts, what difference does it make if it’s a three or a four or damned if I know. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »

twspin

Make it happen Bucs! Throw in Jason Licht as a bonus!

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Alldaway 2.0

Bucs can develop a rookie mike with that third round pick and have many years left on the contract. I think that would be better from a salary cap and long term point of view.

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drdneast

Bucfannomatter,never seen you out here before. Are you a resurrected BucAssBob in drag or are you related to him.

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EastEndBoy

@BucFan circa76: let us not forget that the only reason Darrelle Revis was a “1-year rental” is because Jason Licht decided he would only be a 1-year rental….Revis had one of the most team-friendly deals a top-CB (at the time) has ever had…allowing the team an annual option to keep or cut him (with no dead cap consequences)….Licht decided to cut him…he went on to be an ALL PRO the next season, and played 2 more full seasons after that. Some or all of that could have been with the Bucs – again we had an annual option with no… Read more »

Bucfannomatter

Mizzou….name a quality starter that Licht drafted in the 3rd round. ….ready…go

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BucFan circa76

Pffffttt. I have two words for your Mark Dominick…..Gaines Adam’s.

Retaining Revis in 2014 would have been a waste of cap, money, not to mention the sunset of his career which ended soon thereafter. Licht inherited a mess after HORRIBLE drafts by MD. Dominick was not hired by another team, even as a scout or sanitation engineer. Whatever.

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BucFan circa76

Chris Godwin

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Bucfannomatter

I said 2

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Bucfannomatter

Dominik was a joker too. Here is a good question: How many players are left on the Bucs from the 2016 and 2017 drafts? Look it up. Then tell me how amazing Licht is. I believe the number is 6. Stellar huh? Now we get another year of this guy.

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Alldaway 2.0

Actually a lot of the Bucs drafted players are still playing in the NFL from the Dominik era. The problem is three coaching staff changes (Schiano, Lovie, Koetter) have forced a lot of competent NFL players the Bucs drafted to be with other teams. Bucs drafting hasn’t been the best in the NFL but it hasn’t been the worst either. Licht as a drafter overall is average. But average isn’t good enough to push this team over .500 for the long haul. Coaching matters too but Licht will have Arians to help with mid round woes IMO. Licht has been… Read more »

thejerseybuc

One reason Bowles is no longer the coach up here is guys like Lee who showed lack of maturity year after year. And if Todd brings this guy to Tampa it shows me he hasn’t learned much. NO way should we give up anything valuable for this guy. He will be a problem. An underachiever who relied on his athleticism, but hasn’t improved. A below average LB who looks like he would be better than he really is.

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Diehard Astheycome

Ok, CLUELESS Bucs fans- hope some of you realize Mark Dominik was PRO SCOUTING DIRECTOR and HEAD of PLAYER PERSONNEL from 1997-2008!!!! How did we do with him scouting our drafts and signing players??!!!Should I read the list? Or just say we’ve not been to the playoffs since or double digit wins, or simply state he was head of scouting and player personnel when we hoisted the Lombardi Trophy!!! If you’re any type of Bucs fan and you don’t know his contributions and defend this MORON of a GM in Licht? Then go turn in your Bucs fan card!!! TB… Read more »

Diehard Astheycome

I don’t mean to be rude guys, but Licht has blown soooo much $$$ in free agency and what have we got out of it? The misses in rds 2, and 3 are what MAKE a good GM draft wise. Having the #7 and every mock knows you need a WR n take Mike Evans? That’s not hard…OJ Howard dropping when he was a top 5 talent? Not hard! Trading up into rd 2 for kickers? Wasting tons of #2’s and 3’s and flushing $$ down the toilet? I’ll admit maybe I’ve not been able to except some of the… Read more »