With free agency looming, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are no doubt looking for players that can help them improve upon their 7-9 season last year. And while the Bucs may be looking for another weapon or two on offense, it's the defensive side of the ball that needs the most attention.
Tampa Bay was not very good on defense in 2012. The Buccaneers were among the NFL's worst in sacks, and were just 14 yards away from having the worst pass defense in league history. But they did have the No. 1 rush defense, allowing just 82.5 yards a game on the ground.
A major reason for that was the inside presence and play of defensive tackle Roy Miller. He started 14 games, played in 15 total games, and really helped open things up for fellow defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to wreck havoc.
But despite a solid season in a contract year, the Buccaneers don't appear to have much interest in re-signing Miller right now. The former third-round pick is scheduled to be an undrafted free agent once the market opens on March 12.
At just 25 years old and a solid run-stopper, Miller should be a guy the Bucs lock up for the long haul. But with so many other needs, Miller may become expendable.
If that turns out to be the case, Tampa Bay better have a plan B for the nose tackle position. Maybe they'll draft one. Maybe they'll go for another option. Maybe they'll use a two-player rotation.
Whatever the case may be, the Bucs still have a few weeks to make up their minds on Miller. Hopefully he sticks around, because why mess with a good thing? They had the best rush defense in football with him. It will certainly less effective without him.Tags: Football, Gerald McCoy, NFL, Roy Miller, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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