Bucs re-signs Steve McLendon for one-year contract
TAMPA – Steve McLendon was one of many unsung stars of the Bucs Tremendous Bowl group final season, bringing depth and a veteran presence on the defensive position following Vita Vea’s harm.
McLendon’s commerce between the Jets and Bucs in October – after Vea sustained a damaged leg in a Week 5 loss to the Bears – was among the many offers that went a bit beneath the radar.
However McLendon’s efficiency and expertise earned him one other one-year contract with Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
McLendon, 35, performed 9 video games within the common season with 17 tackles, together with two tackles for a loss.
After lacking the wild card sport in Washington whereas on the reserve / COVID-19 roster, McLendon recorded 5 tackles and three quarterback hits for the rest of the postseason.
For the second consecutive season, the Bucs had one of the best operating protection within the NFL.
The Bucs nonetheless want inside defensive linemen within the NFL Draft. Ndamukong Suh is 34 years previous. He and McLendon have not signed for 2022, and William Gholston, who turns 30 in July, is within the ultimate 12 months of his contract.
Khalil Davis, a 2020 Nebraska sixth-round choose, solely performed two video games final season.
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