Shortly after the Bucs’ 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported, and PewterReport has confirmed, that the Bucs have agreed to terms with the Jets on a trade that will send veteran defensive tackle Steve McClendon to Tampa Bay.

The Bucs and Jets will swap late-round draft picks in 2022 and 2023 as part of the trade but the details of the compensation have not yet been released.

McClendon, an 11-year veteran in the NFL, has spent the last five seasons with the Jets after starting his career with a six-year stint with the Steelers.

A run-stuffing nosetackle, McClendon has totaled 12.5 sacks, 41 tackles for loss and 28 quarterback hits throughout his career while playing in all 16 games in four of his past five seasons.

The trade comes just one week after defensive tackle Vita Vea suffered a season-ending ankle injury against the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football.

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1 year ago

Don’t know much about the guy but a few of the jets fans on bleacher report rave about him. say he’s a great locker room guy and a really hard worker. Lunch pail kind of guy and great depth.

Last edited 1 year ago by chefboho
Pit of misery
1 year ago

Like it 👍

1 year ago

Good move. Need depth. Nacho played well today, but Bucs but need another starter at Nose with Vea gone for season

1 year ago

Great move Mr. Licht! He is a Jets team captain, solid experienced nose tackle. Good locker room presence, played for the Steelers for six years, knows what it takes to win. And probably overjoyed to get traded from a winless team to a contender. Jets fans are very sad to see him go.

1 year ago

Good! Nacho can hold his own but you on wanna wait till someone else gets hurt to all of a sudden have a huge hole in our line. Davis will hopefully get healthy, Nacho will hopefully rise to the challenge. Ledbetter can provide depth and McClendon provides run stuffing leadership. Glad they are stayin on top of things!

Captain Sly
1 year ago

Credit Licht for the move but this was influenced by Todd Bowles. Good rotational guy for Nacho, Will pay dividends late in the season.

1 year ago

I don’t know much about him either but I hope he plays like someone just threw him a life preserver because they did.

1 year ago

Solid info on him going into last season from PFF: “Over the last three seasons, Steve McLendon has produced a tackle for loss or no gain on 4.3% of his run-defense snaps, which is the third-best rate among 115 qualifying interior defensive linemen in that span”.

1 year ago

High character guy and solid NT who will likely be motivated by the change in scenery and chance to play in meaningful games for the first time in the last 5 years. After being unable to get Harrison, Bucs were still able to snag a top run-stuffing NT in McLendon at a minimal cost. Wise get…

Last edited 1 year ago by FLBoy84
1 year ago

How happy is McClendon today? To get out of the embarrassment that is the New York Jets.

1 year ago

Keep adding to the DL. Love this pick up. And for very little capital. I’m good with nacho and mcclendon at the nose.

1 year ago

Love this pick up. And for very little capital. red ball