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Ex-Buccaneers Pro Bowler Could Sign With AFC Contender: Report

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A former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter could bring his talent to an AFC contender.

Corresponding Pro Football Focus’ Ari Meirov, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul visits with the Baltimore Ravens. The 33-year-old was a guest with the Ravens earlier this summer.

“Former #Giants LB Blake Martinez and DE Jason Pierre-Paul are in Baltimore today visiting the #Ravens, according to @Schultz_Report,” says Meirov. “JPP was also in Baltimore over the summer.”

CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson reported back in June that Pierre-Paul’s visit to the Ravens went well.

“My understanding is that #ravens Visiting Jason Pierre-Paul went well after a long day from exam to meeting people,” Anderson said. “Pierre-Paul met less than a few hours ago, according to the source. We will see if both sides can achieve something to move forward.”

Pierre-Paul has spent the past four seasons with the Buccaneers, starting in 52 of his 54 appearances. During his four years at Tampa Bay, he had 171 tackles, 33 sacks and 55 quarterback hits.

While Pierre-Paul has been one of the key members of the Buccaneers’ defense in recent years, his game fell sharply in the 2021 season compared to 2020. The veteran defensive end had just 2.5 sacks and five quarterback hits compared to the 9.5 sacks and 14 quarterback hits he had during the 2020 season.

According to Pro Football Focus, Pierre-Paul had a 49.1 defensive grade and a 53.2 pass rushing grade last season. Not only was that a significant drop from the 69.2 defensive rating and 71.4 pass-rushing rating he achieved in the 2020 season, his defensive rating ranked among the players in his position in the bottom four (with at least 400 snaps).

Pierre-Paul’s decline in the game caused the Buccaneers to undertake a sort of defensive line overhaul. Tampa Bay also traded from 34-year-old Ndamukong Suh, who has spent the last three seasons as a regular with the Buccaneers.

As ESPN’s Jamison Hensley reportsthe Ravens are “thin” on the pass rusher.

“This is the second meeting between the Ravens and Jason Pierre-Paul this year,” said Hensley. “Baltimore is extremely thin on edge rushers.”

Considering this is Pierre-Paul’s second visit to the Ravens, it’s safe to assume a signing is likely on the horizon.

The Buccaneers add one of the best slot receivers in the league.

Tampa Bay signs veteran receiver Cole Beasley on the practice squad ahead of their Week 3 showdown against the Green Bay Packers.

About NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo:

“Update from @gmfb: The Buccaneers are signing veteran WR Cole Beasley on their practice team with the expectation that he’ll join the active roster soon, a source says.” Grafolo tweeted on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. “Tom Brady has been pushing to bring in another experienced pass catcher and has had Beasley on his radar for a while.”

After starting his career with the Dallas Cowboys, Beasley spent the last three seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Beasley has caught 82 passes in each of the past two years and has recorded a catch rate of at least 73.2 percent in the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

With the Buccaneers operating without Mike Evans (suspension) and possibly Chris Godwin and Julio Jones through injuries, Beasley could very well face the Packers this Sunday.

“Update from @gmfb: The Buccaneers are signing veteran WR Cole Beasley on their practice team with the expectation that he’ll join the active roster soon, a source says.” Grafolo tweeted on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. “Tom Brady has been pushing to bring in another experienced pass catcher and has had Beasley on his radar for a while.”



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