The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have invested $50 million dollars in the team’s defensive line this offseason which is more than any other team in the league. The return on the investment the Bucs are looking to get is more pressure on the opposing team’s quarterback. The team performed horribly in this category last season.
When looking at the list of players the Buccaneers signed this offseason it is sure that the team has added one thing to the team: Attitude. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have given contracts to players with some serious chips on their shoulders.
First is former New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul who suffered a serious injury to his hand as a result of a fireworks explosion while celebrating the Fourth of July in 2015. Pierre-Paul has not shown after the accident that he is the dominant pass rusher that he once was and is eager to regain form with his new team.
Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht says the team feels like the Pierre-Paul can still be a top-rated pass rusher in the NFL. Licht’s next words were a proclamation that Pierre-Paul plays football “with a chip on his shoulder.”
On the offensive side of the ball new center, Ryan Jenson became a starter in the league with the Baltimore Ravens for the first time a season ago. Jenson played Division II college ball in Colorado and was a late-round draft pick whose place in the league was anything but assured. Not surprisingly, Jensen attributes his ascension into becoming an NFL starter to the chip on his shoulder with which he plays football.
It can even be noted that the team’s new kicker has a chip on his shoulder. Chandler Catanzaro says that he was always criticized for what was a perceived witness with kickoffs. Catanzaro says he always practiced kickoffs on the side and says that he’s got constantly better at it each season he has played.
The roster acquisitions by Licht it seems are intended to accomplish much more than an overhaul of the team roster. Licht is determined to bring in players that are capable of changing the culture of the team. The general manager has centered his search on players who both give the team a talent upgrade at their position as well as bring fire to the team.