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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ drive to keep their Super Bowl-winning roster together continues and is now hitting all corners of the depth chart.
On Wednesday, the Buccaneers re-signed 12th-year defensive lineman Steve McLendon, who first joined the team through a trade with the New York Jets last October. Acquired shortly after Vita Vea landed on injured reserve, Stitched Steve McLendon Jersey, McLendon provided valuable interior-line depth and appeared in 12 games, including the playoffs. He was also praised for being a strong veteran presence in the locker room.
Though they were initially faced with a long list of pending free agents, the Buccaneers have managed to keep all 22 of their starters from Super Bowl LV, but that was just the start of keeping the team together. McLendon is yet another key reserve who has also re-signed with Tampa Bay, joining the likes of Kevin Minter, Ross Cockrell, Josh Wells, Aaron Stinnie and Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who became a starter after Vea’s injury.
As part of a rotation with Ndamukong Suh, Rakeem Nunez-Roches and Will Gholston, McLendon contributed 17 tackles and two tackles for loss during the regular season and helped the Buccaneers field the Color Rush Steve McLendon Jersey, NFL’s best run defense. He added five tackles and three quarterback hits in three postseason games, including a tackle and a QB hit in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 victory over Kansas City in the Super Bowl. Overall, McLendon was on the field for 334 defensive snaps, a little over a third of the team’s total in the 12 games in which he played.
Prior to joining the Buccaneers, McLendon played six seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was in his fifth campaign in New York before the trade. He has appeared in 153 regular-season games with 90 starts and has amassed 265 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 43 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed. He started 59 of the 65 games he played for the Jets.
McLendon has also appeared in the playoffs in four different seasons, including the 2011, 2014 and 2015 campaigns for Pittsburgh. He has played in seven postseason games with two starts and has 13 tackles and Signed Steve McLendon Jersey, three quarterback hits. He initially entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Troy in 2009 and made the Steelers’ roster in 2010 after one year on the practice squad.
Ryan Griffin’s long run as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer is set to continue.
On Tuesday, the Buccaneers re-signed Griffin, the eighth-year quarterback who first came to the team in September of 2015. Prior to that move, Stitched Ryan Griffin Jersey, Tom Brady was the only quarterback on Tampa Bay’s 2021 roster, as both Griffin and Blaine Gabbert became unrestricted free agents on March 17.
Last season, Griffin served as the teams’ third quarterback and was inactive for all 20 games, including the postseason. He played in one regular-season game for the Buccaneers in 2018, completing two of four passes for 18 yards.
The Buccaneers claimed Griffin off waivers from New Orleans just before the start of the 2015 season. Though his regular-season playing time has been scarce, he has remained on the active roster or on injured reserve with Tampa Bay White Ryan Griffin Jersey, for all of the past six seasons. Prior to coming to the Bucs, Griffin spent most of the 2013-14 seasons on the Saints’ practice squad.
Griffin, of course, is familiar with Head Coach Bruce Arians’ offense and was the primary backup to Jameis Winston for all of the 2019 season while Gabbert was on injured reserve. Gabbert filled that role last season after recovering from a shoulder injury.
The Buccaneers have also seen plenty of Griffin’s work in the preseason, despite the lack of a warmup slate last summer. He saw action for the Bucs in each preseason from 2016-19 and was particularly sharp during the last two of those fours. Griffin played in eight preseason games with two starts in 2018 and 2019 combined and completed 111 of 167 passes for 1,262 yards, eight touchdowns Ryan Griffin Jersey Amazon, and two interceptions, with a passer rating of 99.9.
This is the third time that Griffin has re-signed with the Buccaneers since his original arrival. He also inked new deals in 2017 and 2019. He first entered the league with the Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana in 2013.