The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could target one of the top free agents available with big “upside.”

As the Buccaneers go through their first mandatory team activities of the offseason during minicamp, one free agent who could appeal to them is defensive end Trey Flowers. According to Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine, Tampa Bay could be the “best fit” for the veteran defensive end.

“Flowers still has some upside if he can find a contender that will use him as part of a rotation on the edge,” says Ballentine. “His production on bad Lions teams compared to his time in New England would indicate he needs a coaching staff that knows how to utilize him.

The Buccaneers could be a good fit. Todd Bowles knows how to get the most out of his edge rushers, and the Bucs are certainly going to be contenders. Flowers could be the third rusher behind Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Shaq Barrett.”

Why Buccaneers Could Use Flowers

Tampa Bay is entering a new era of sorts after allowing holdovers Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh to walk in free agency. The two proven veterans were staples of the defensive line on the 2020 Super Bowl squad, with Pierre-Paul contributing 9.5 sacks that season and Suh posting six sacks.

While the Buccaneers have replaced Suh with a younger veteran in Akiem Hicks, they have yet to do so with Pierre-Paul. Tampa Bay is entering camp with the expectation that their younger players — 2021 first-round pick Joe Tryon-Shoyinka is Pierre-Paul’s projected replacement — will fill that void.

However, the Buccaneers don’t have any proven veterans behind Tryon-Shoyinka, with Anthony Nelson having served as primarily a special teams player over the course of his career.

While Flowers hasn’t dominated from a pass-rushing standpoint in recent years, he has a proven resume — he posted at least 6.5 sacks in four consecutive seasons — and has won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. Furthermore, he has served as a starter, starting 64 games for the Patriots and Detroit Lions since the 2016 season.

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