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According to reports, an ex-Buccaneers starter may join an AFC rival.


Jason Pierre-Paul, a former Buccaneer defensive end, could join the Ravens.

A veteran starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be itching to join an AFC rival.

Jason Pierre-Paul, a free agent defensive end, is still looking for a team this month. After starting for the Buccaneers for the past four seasons, there has been little indication that the Buccaneers are interested in a reunion. Pierre-Paul will pay a visit to the Baltimore Ravens, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero on Thursday, June 9.

According to Pelissero, three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul is paying a visit to the #Ravens today.

Pierre-Paul’s Play Declined Drastically in 2021

Pierre-Paul had a difficult 2021 season, with only 2.5 sacks in 12 games due to injuries. Last season, according to Pro Football Focus, the 33-year-old Pierre-Paul had a career-low 49.1 defensive grade and 44.8 run defensive grade. In other words, given that the Buccaneers selected Joe Tryon-Shoyinka in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, it’s easy to see why Tampa Bay is letting an aging pass rusher walk.

A torn rotator cuff injury contributed significantly to Pierre Paul’s lack of production. In fact, in November of 2021, the 12-year veteran called the injury “the worst of his career.”

With this shoulder injury, Pierre-Paul said, “I’m barely getting any sleep.” “I’ve had a lot of injuries in my life, but this is by far the worst. I’ve already broken my promise to myself, so I’m going to thug it until I can’t anymore!”

“I’m not looking for sympathy; I’m just letting you know what it’s like to have a torn rotator cuff,” Pierre-Paul continued, “but I’ll be fine.” “They’ll never be able to do it as well as I can!!!”

Having said that, the veteran defensive end had a productive 2020 season, leading the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory. Pierre-Paul started all 16 games, racking up 9.5 sacks and a solid defensive grade of 69.2.

Last season, Pierre-Paul was paid $12.8 million in base salary and bonuses. Given the Ravens’ limited cap space (just over $5 million), Pierre-Paul would have to take a significant pay cut to join the team. Pierre-Paul, who is coming off the worst season of his career and a torn rotator cuff, will almost certainly have to sign a one-year deal based on incentives to keep his career alive.

Pierre-Paul’s market value, according to Spotrac, is $10 million per season, making him the league’s 18th highest-paid defensive end.

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Brady on Gronkowski’s Return: ‘Totally up to Him’

The Buccaneers’ minicamp has come to an end, but Rob Gronkowski has yet to return.

While the 33-year-old tight end has yet to make an official decision about a comeback, his longtime teammate, Tom Brady, remains “optimistic” that Gronkowski will return.

Brady said on Thursday, June 9, “I think it’s just obviously totally up to him.” “We all want to play with him, but he knows he has to make the best decision for himself.” Anyone who cares about him knows he’s trying to figure out what’s best for him. We don’t start training camp for another six weeks, so he’ll have to figure it out on his own. If he does, we’ll be optimistic, but if he doesn’t, we’ll have to figure something out.”

Gronkowski hasn’t said when he’ll be back. Cameron Brate would start the season as the projected starting tight end if the 11-year veteran decides to call it a career.

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