Bucs Blitz Breakdown: Linebackers

The combination of Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander makes the Bucs' linebacker corps among the strongest in the NFL.

Over the next few weeks, I will be breaking down each position on the Bucs roster. During this process, I will discuss who stays, who goes, top free agent targets that make sense, and players that fit the position in the draft.

Today, we focus on the Bucs' Linebackers.

Current Roster:

Player

Under Contract

2016 Cap Number

Stay/Goes

Comment

Lavonte David

Thru 2020

$10 million

Stays

Lavonte David played in his 1st Pro Bowl a few weeks ago. Hopefully, that's his first of many.

Kwon Alexander

Thru 2018

$645,000

Stays

Alexander had an outstanding rookie season and will be the leader of the Bucs defense for years to come.

Danny Lansanah

RFA

$0

Stays

I wasn't a huge fan of Lansanah last season, but the Bucs lack experience at linebacker. As a RFA, the Bucs can place a low qualifying offer on Lansanah, and then determine if they will match any other offer he receives.

Bruce Carter

Thru 2018

$4.25 million

Goes

I like Carter's versatility and experience, but I don't see the Bucs bringing him back at his salary. If he takes a pay cut, he may be back.

Jeremiah George

ERFA

$0

Stays

George is one of several young linebackers on the Bucs roster who will be battling hard in training camp. George blocked a punt against the Bears late in the 2015, which could give him an early edge.

Adarius Glanton

Thru 2016

$600,000

Stays

Glanton played in 10 games in 2014 for the Panthers. The Bucs snatched Glanton off the Panthers' practice squad late in the 2015 season. This looks like a Jason Licht special, which means Glanton will be given strong consideration.

Josh Keyes

Thru 2016

$525,000

Stays

Keyes is a tough one because we don't know if he was more of a Licht guy or a Lovie guy. Either way, he'll have a chance to earn a roster spot in training camp.

Darius Eubanks

Thru 2017

$525,000

Stays

Eubanks is another young linebacker on the Bucs roster, but likely the first one out if they make a roster move with this position.

Top Free Agent Targets:

These are the most logical free agent targets that make sense for the Bucs. These names can obviously change as teams try to resign their own free agents.

Sean Weatherspoon - Arizona Cardinals
Weatherspoon was drafted by Mike Smith in Atlanta, and spent his first 5 NFL seasons playing for the Falcons. Weatherspoon signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals last off-season. Weatherspoon is still just 28 years old, and has the ability to play any linebacker position. Weatherspoon's experience and leadership would be welcomed on the Bucs' defense.

Justin Durant - Atlanta Falcons
Durant spent last season with the Falcons, but his ties to the Bucs' staff comes from his time with the Jaguars from 2007-2010 when he was coached by now Bucs' linebackers coach Mark Duffner. Durant, 30, could step in at strongside linebacker, be an upgrade over Lansanah, and bring valuable experience to the Bucs defense.

Top Names to Remember for the Draft:

Early Round Names:
Myles Jack - UCLA
Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame
Su'a Cravens - USC
Deion Jones - LSU

Late Round Names:
Eric Striker - Oklahoma
Antonio Morrison - Florida
Nick Vigil - Utah State
Jatavis Brown - Akron
Antwione Williams - Georgia Southern
Montese Overton - East Carolina

Other Positional Breakdowns:

Wide Receivers

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