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According to insiders, Buccaneers could sign the 4-time Pro Bowl star

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently added Kyle Rudolph, but the team may not be done adding former Pro Bowlers just yet. ESPN’s Jenna Laine predicts the Bucs will sign an outside linebacker ahead of Week 1. Anthony Barr and Ryan Kerrigan, both four-time Pro Bowlers, are among the “intriguing names” the Bucs could see during training camp.

“The Bucs will sign an outside linebacker before the start of the regular season,” Laine wrote on July 25, 2022. “The Bucs still have Pro Bowler Shaq Barrett. While Joe Tryon-Shoyinka will take over from Jason Pierre-Paul, who will not be signed, and Anthony Nelson will serve in a rotating capacity. But aside from those three, they’re thin and unproven as Cam Gill is the only other player with regular-season experience.

“The list of quarterbacks they face this season is downright absurd. Carl Nassib, Anthony Barr and Ryan Kerrigan are among the intriguing names still available.”

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A big reason Barr remains unsigned is his recent injury history combined with his asking price. The veteran linebacker has only played 13 games over the past two seasons. Barr had 72 tackles, six quarterback hits, five pass deflections, three tackles for loss and three interceptions during his 11 appearances in 2021.

The defender was only awarded a 62.9 by Pro Football Focus for his play in the 2021 season. If Barr can stay healthy, his talent would make the linebacker a valuable rotation player for Tampa Bay. During his time with the Vikings, Barr reached the Pro Bowl four straight seasons (2015-2018). At the end of last season, Barr sounded like a player ready to move away from Minnesota.

“It’s definitely bittersweet to end up like this, but it kind of is,” Barr explained during a Jan. 9 press conference. “I’ve been doing this long enough to understand what’s next, keep an eye on things and just be prepared for whatever happens in the future.

“I am very grateful to be part of this organization, Will family, much appreciation [to ex-GM Rick Spielman and former head coach Mike Zimmer] for taking the chance to have the child in 2014 to make my dreams come true and it has been my pleasure to be a Viking for the last 8 years. I’m not sure what the future holds, but whatever it is, I will always have a special place in my heart for Minnesota.”

The Bucs will have competition if they’re serious about Barr. KSTP’s Darren Wolfson reported that both the Cowboys and Commanders have held talks with Barr this offseason.

“Well, going back to January, I wanted to check if he was going to just retire,” Wolfson told SKOR North during a July 19 interview. “It’s just that his body is so broken, does he want to keep playing? So I checked a few weeks after that, I was told yes his plan is to continue playing.

“So he trained like he was at some team’s training camp. I texted you many weeks ago to keep an eye on the Dallas Cowboys. I know the Cowboys are certainly interested in Anthony Barr. Washington kicked the hoops too, but for now I’d say keep an eye on the Dallas Cowboys.

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