Signing Former $70 Million Pass Rusher Won’t Dissuade Bucs’ Draft Goals

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will keep adding pass rushers through free agents and the 2024 NFL draft.

Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said the team will take an exceptional pass rusher in the April 25-27 Detroit draft despite the addition of free agency outside linebacker Randy Gregory.

Gregory signed a 1-year, $3 million contract with the Buccaneers on April 4. 

Two years ago, Gregory signed a 5-year, $70 million contract with the Denver Broncos that includes $28 million in guaranteed money.

Gregory played 10 games for the Broncos in two seasons before being sold to the 49ers for a 2023 sixth-round pick.

We were just looking for some depth (at edge rusher),” Licht said. However, I assume (Gregory) said he didn't want to be a starter or just participate.

A top-tier pass rusher is always needed. Every team can, thus it will alter our draft strategy.

ESPN's Jenna Laine ranked outside linebacker as the Buccaneers' top NFL draft need. 

Gregory was the sole free-agent pass-rusher added by Tampa Bay after Shaquil Barrett was released.