Who Could Best Replace Gerald McCoy and Jason Pierre-Paul?
The ongoing saga this offseason with Buccaneers and defensive lineman has fans and media talking. Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy and Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul have both been the talk of the town as to what the organization will do with them in terms of salary. Will the Bucs move on from McCoy and save $13M and will they place Pierre-Paul on Non-Football Injury (NFI) list and save the $ he was guaranteed this season? If these moves do indeed take place, the Bucs will be looking for replacements within the current roster to take over for them.
The obvious choice to replace McCoy in the middle of the line would be Vita Vea who came on strong at the end of his rookie season last year. Rookie Anthony Nelson could be a guy who comes in and immediately makes an impact as the outside guy opposite of Carl Nassib. Noah Spence who has been held back by injuries and coaches throughout his career could also get his big break in this new scheme with the injury to JPP. There is also rookie minicamp and OTA standout David Kenney who impressed the new regime with his pass rushing ability and speed. The options at the moment are slim to replace both McCoy if let go and JPP but the Bucs and Bruce Arians will do what they need to do in order to have the best 11 on the defensive side of the field come September 8th including the possible holes at inside DL and outside DL. Only time will tell who is best suited as replacements if it comes to this but Vea, Nelson, Spence, and Kenney are the reasonable choices on the roster currently.