As Bucs LB Mason Foster prepares to leave the team in free agency, the Bucs are on the hunt for his replacement. Lovie Smith will undoubtedly be looking for a linebacker with athleticism and speed who can excel in pass coverage. One player that fits that description is a player the Bucs have already been in contact with.
According to our sources, the Bucs have expressed interest in and contacted former USF Bulls and New York Giants linebacker Jacquian Williams. The Bucs are one of five teams Williams is considering signing with.
Williams was a 6th round pick by the Giants in 2011. He has started 17 games in the past two seasons, including the first nine games of 2014 before concussions ended his season early. In those nine starts in 2014, Williams totaled 77 tackles and 3 passes defensed.
Athleticism and ability in pass coverage are Jacquian Williams strengths. Williams versatility to play any linebacker position makes him even more valuable to a team like the Bucs and a coach like Lovie Smith. The Bucs would expect to use him as a hybrid in many different ways.
The former USF standout also went to Riverview High School, so signing with the Bucs would be a homecoming of sorts for Jacquian Williams.
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