While many feel the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will sign Ndamukong Suh, I think they could trade for a player to replace McCoy. Let’s look at three players that could be great replacements.
Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Arizona Cardinals – Imagine the Buccaneers trading Vernon Hargreaves for Nkemdiche and landing a draft pick as well. Nkemdiche is buried on the roster right now behind Rodney Gunter, Corey Peters and Darius Philon. Bruce Arians knows Steve Keim very well, so this trade makes sense. Hargreaves could be a replacement for Peterson for the first six games, and could work to play his way onto their roster.
Vernon Butler, DT, Carolina Panthers – Butler too is buried on a depth chart. The Panthers were contemplating whether or not to pick up his fifth-year option. He is 25 years old this year and this is a solid player they can trade for. I could see them picking him up for a mid to late round pick.
Leonard Williams, DT, New York Jets – The Jets are not going to pay three defensive lineman 10 million plus per season are they? Williams is due 14.2 million, but if they trade him they will end up with dead cap, but if the Buccaneers can give Williams a new deal he will be home. The Daytona Beach, Florida native would be home in Florida, and he is a solid pick up. The Jets maybe willing to eat some of the cap this year, if the Buccaneers made a trade for him so they can get him on the roster. Just saying….