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  • Buccaneers' Akiem Hicks: Modest numbers across 11 games

    Hicks recorded 22 tackles (13 solo) and one sack across 11 games during the 2022 regular season. The veteran defensive tackle also totaled three solo stops and a pass breakup during the wild-card loss to the Cowboys. Hicks was signed on a one-year deal to serve as a veteran stopgap that could help along the front line of the Buccaneers' 3-4 defense, but a foot injury cost him six games of action between Weeks 3 and 8. Slated to be a free agent at the start of the new league year and with his best days behind him at age 33, it's likely Tampa Bay turns to younger alternatives for the 2023 campaign.
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  • Buccaneers' Sean Murphy-Bunting: Solid season in 2022

    Murphy-Bunting finished the 2022 regular season with 31 tackles (19 solo), two interceptions, five additional pass breakups and one forced fumble across 12 games. The fourth-year defensive back added six tackles (four solo) during the wild-card loss to the Cowboys. Murphy-Bunting missed five games overall due to quadriceps injuries, but by the numbers, he turned in his most effective season in coverage yet. Murphy-Bunting surrendered a paltry 37.5 percent completion rate and 3.9 yards per attempt as a primary defender across 411 defensive snaps, and both his interception and total pass-breakups tallies ranked as the second-highest marks of his career. An unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year, Murphy-Bunting could garner an high-priced deal on the open market as an up-and-coming cornerback.
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  • Buccaneers' Joe Tryon-Shoyinka: Ups production in second season

    Tryon-Shoyinka posted 40 tackles (23 solo), including four sacks, and defensed two passes across 17 games during the 2022 regular season. The 2021 first-round pick also tallied two tackles (one solo) in 41 snaps during the wild-card loss to the Cowboys. Tryon-Shoyinka played a career-high 806 snaps on defense during the regular season, which led to him boosting his rookie-season tackle total by 11 stops and matching his 2021 sack tally as well. Tryon-Shoyinka could be in line for an even larger role next season if Lavonte David departs via free agency.
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  • Buccaneers' Anthony Nelson: Career-best season in '22

    Nelson totaled 46 tackles (26 solo), including 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery across 17 games during the 2022 regular season. Nelson added three solo stops across 60 snaps in the wild-card loss to the Cowboys. The fourth-year linebacker turned in career-best tackle, sack and forced fumble totals while playing a career-high 604 snaps on defense. While Nelson is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year in mid-March, the 2019 fourth-round pick could certainly prove to be a more cost-effective alternative for the Buccaneers than fellow free agent Lavonte David.
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  • Buccaneers' Jamel Dean: Another multi-interception season

    Dean finished the 2022 regular season with 57 tackles (45 solo), two interceptions and six additional defensed passes across 15 games. Dean recorded multiple interceptions for the third time in his first four seasons. while his tackle tally was the second highest of his career. Dean also conceded a sub-50.0 percent completion rate in primary coverage (45.0) for the second straight season, and his overall body of work should be solid enough to serve him well as he potentially heads to the open market at the start of the new league year.
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  • Buccaneers' Devin White: Another productive season

    White finished the 2022 regular season with 124 tackles (74 solo), including 5.5 sacks, five defensed passes, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles across 17 games. White followed up that impressive line with a modest five tackles (two solo) in the wild-card loss to the Cowboys. However, his regular-season body of work was as impressive as ever, with his pass breakups a career high. White's sack total was also the second highest of his career, and the soon-to-be 25-year-old could be in for an even more prominent role next season if fellow linebacker Lavonte David leaves via free agency.
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  • Buccaneers' Mike Edwards: Double-digit stops in loss

    Edwards totaled 10 tackles (six solo) and one pass defensed in the Buccaneers' 31-14 wild-card loss to the Cowboys on Monday night. He finished the 2022 regular season with 82 tackles (52 solo), one sack, two interceptions -- including a pick-six -- and three defensed passes overall across 13 games. Edwards checked in second in tackles on the night for the Buccaneers in his return from a one-game absence due to a hip issue, putting a strong cap on what was a productive 2022 campaign overall. The fourth-year safety set a new career high in tackles while recording multiple interceptions for the third straight season, and factoring in Monday's production, he posted four double-digit tackle tallies overall. Edwards is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year in mid-March, and it remains to be seen if he'll be deemed a priority re-signing by the Buccaneers.
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  • Buccaneers' Lavonte David: Stellar showing in wild-card loss

    David recorded 14 tackles (nine solo) in the Buccaneers' 31-14 wild-card loss to the Cowboys on Monday night. He finished the 2022 regular season with 123 tackles (80 solo), three sacks, five defensed passes, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble across 17 games. David topped the Buccaneers in what could have been his final game for the team after 11 seasons in Tampa Bay. The veteran linebacker also tied his highest tackle tally since 2015 during the regular season, and his well-rounded stat line certainly appears to corroborate he can still be a prolific contributor as he potentially heads into unrestricted free agency at age 33.
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  • Buccaneers' Shaquil Barrett: Optimistic for timely return

    Barrett (Achilles) said in an interview after Monday's wild-card loss to the Cowboys that he's walking with a normal stride again and hopes to be ready for the start of next preseason, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Barrett missed Tampa Bay's final 10 games of the 2022-23 campaign as a result of the torn Achilles he suffered back in Week 8. The Buccaneers proceeded to place the 30-year-old on injured reserve, and it now it sounds as if Barrett is confident that he'll make a full recovery heading into next season.
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  • Buccaneers' Mike Greene: Inks new deal with Tampa Bay

    The Buccaneers signed Greene to a reserve/future contract Tuesday, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports. Greene, an undrafted rookie defensive tackle from James Madison, spent the entire campaign on Tampa Bay's practice squad without ever receiving an elevation to the team's active roster. He'll now stick around with the Buccaneers and compete for a roster spot heading into next season.
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  • Don Gardner: Signs new deal with Bucs

    The Buccaneers signed Gardner to a reserve/future contract Tuesday, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports. Gardner is now in line to compete for one of Tampa Bay's roster spots throughout the summer and into training camp. The undrafted rookie cornerback appeared in one game in 2022 but failed to record a defensive snap.
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  • Buccaneers' Nolan Turner: Sticking around in Tampa Bay

    The Buccaneers signed Turner to a reserve/future contract Tuesday, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports. Turner, an undrafted rookie safety, will now remain in the mix for a potential roster spot throughout the summer and into training camp. The 25-year-old registered one tackle across five game appearances while mainly serving as a special-teams contributor in 2022.
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  • Buccaneers' Keanu Neal: Won't play against Dallas

    Neal (hip) has been ruled inactive prior to Monday's wild-card game against the Cowboys. Neal sustained a hip injury during the regular-season finale against Atlanta. While he was able to practice in full during each session heading into the playoffs, the 27-year-old won't be able to suit up for this home postseason contest. As a result, Logan Ryan will serve as the Buccaneers' only available safety behind starters Antoine Winfield and Mike Edwards.
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  • Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Will play Monday

    Vea (calf) is active for Monday's wild-card matchup against Dallas, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. As expected, Vea will be active for the playoff matchup after missing three of Tampa Bay's final four regular-season games due to a calf issue. Despite not logging a full practice throughout prep, the 2018 first-round pick's presence should provide a major boost to the interior of the Buccaneers' defense.
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  • Buccaneers' Carlton Davis: Active for Monday's playoff tilt

    Davis (shoulder) has been deemed active for Monday's wild-card contest versus Dallas. Davis missed the final two weeks of the regular season while tending to a shoulder injury. However, he was a full participant throughout the week of practice heading into Monday's playoff game, so should continue to play every defensive snap while likely drawing the assignment against top Cowboys wideout CeeDee Lamb.
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  • Buccaneers' Logan Ryan: Active for wild-card matchup

    Ryan (knee) is active for Monday's wild-card matchup against Dallas, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Ryan missed the regular-season finale due to a knee injury and was listed as questionable for the wild-card matchup, but despite the injury designation, he appeared to be trending in the right direction after logging a full practice Friday. The veteran safety has been officially cleared for game action and should rotate in as a rover in Tampa Bay's defensive backfield, which is without Keanu Neal (hip) for the Monday night matchup.
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  • Buccaneers' Mike Edwards: Good to go for wild-card round

    Edwards (hip) has been ruled active ahead of Monday's wild-card game against the Cowboys. Edwards will return to the field after sitting out the regular-season finale against Atlanta with a hip injury. The 26-year-old was a full participant during each practice ahead of Monday's playoff tilt, so it's likely he'll retain his every-down role alongside strong safety Antoine Winfield.
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  • Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Appears ready to roll

    Vea (calf) is expected to play in Monday's wild-card matchup against the Cowboys, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Although Vea has now missed three out of Tampa Bay's last four contests due to a calf issue, he's anticipated to suit up and start at nose tackle versus Dallas on Monday. The 347-pounder strung together three consecutive limited practices worth of preparation, and he's is now in line to make running through the interior a difficult task for the Cowboys' ball carriers.
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  • Buccaneers' Vita Vea: Questionable for Monday night

    Vea (calf) is listed as questionable for Monday's game versus Dallas. Vea was limited at practice Saturday, so his status for the wild-card round appears to be a coin-flip proposition. If the Pro Bowler is forced to sit out, Rakeem Nunez-Roches would start at nose tackle for Tampa Bay.
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  • Buccaneers' Logan Ryan: Questionable to play vs. Cowboys

    Ryan (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday's game versus Dallas. Ryan was a full participant at practice Saturday, so he's trending in the right direction heading into the wild-card round. If he suits up, he'll probably rotate in as a rover in Tampa Bay's defensive backfield.
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