Sheard a Good Fit for Bucs?

Browns edge rusher Jabaal Sheard had just 2 sacks in the Browns 3-4 defense in 2014. Could he be a fit and perform better in the Bucs 4-3 defense?

The Bucs will be on the search for pass rush help yet again this off-season. In my personal free agency plan for the Bucs, I thought Greg Hardy might be a nice addition with his ability to rush the passer and his familiarity with the NFC South. Of course, there are serious character concerns with Hardy, and it is uncertain what his price tag might be. Fortunately, there are other options.

Greg Bedard of believes Browns edge rusher Jabaal Sheard is a good fit for the Bucs.

"Had 15.5 sacks his first two seasons but struggled once team moved to 3-4. Would benefit from returning to playing in 4-3. Has shown ability to be a dominating player, but consistency is a problem. Best fit: Buccaneers. With Adrian Clayborn released, Tampa needs some edge pressure to go along with Gerald McCoy on the inside."

The Bucs saw the emergence of Jacquies Smith in 2014 with 6.5 sacks, despite not starting a game until week 10. On the other side, the Bucs are still deciding what to do with Michael Johnson. We do know that Adrian Clayborn and Daquan Bowers are likely gone.

Sheard would be substantially cheaper than what Greg Hardy is expected to ask for. The difference between the two is just overall production. Sheard has struggled in the Browns 3-4 defense and has never had double digit sacks in a season. Before his issues in 2014, Hardy posted 15 sacks in 2013 and 11 sacks in 2012.

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