Clinton McDonald Joins The Broncos

March 21st, 2018


A Buccaneers free agent finds a new home.

Good guy defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, owner of a Seahawks Super Bowl ring and four Bucs seasons on his resumé, is taking his five sacks last year (more than 20 percent of the Bucs’ team total) and joining the Broncos.

Denver has signed McDonald to a two-year contract.

The Broncos had 33 sacks last season and the No. 3–ranked defense, though they were a very odd team because they still allowed a load of points, exactly as many as the Bucs.

McDonald, 31, was a great citizen in the Tampa Bay area, an active helper after Hurricane Irma and was the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2017.

But injuries were a factor for a McDonald, he missed more than 25 percent of Bucs games over four seasons, and defensive tackles tend to age in a hurry once they hit 30. The Bucs certainly needed to get younger on the D-line, and they did.

Since McDonald is in the AFC, Joe hopes he tears it up next season.

37 Responses to “Clinton McDonald Joins The Broncos”

  1. Guzzie Says:

    Who wants to bet CMc gets more sacks than our recently signed prize DTs combined

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    he is a great part time addition to broncos.

  3. Bradentonbuc Says:

    Really wish we could have resigned Clint, what a great guy and great player to

  4. Walter Says:


    Considering they’ll probably get 2-3 sacks combined, those aren’t long odds at all.

  5. Waterboy Says:

    I like McDonald and was hoping they could bring him back as a rotational guy.

  6. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    Still think we should have resigned him.

  7. Guzzie Says:

    Walter…ill spot you 2 sacks lol

  8. BucEmUp Says:

    Ira called it.

    Too bad they just cut the most.productjve sack guy on the team.

    He will get 8 sacks with a tight playing secondary, without talib

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    McDonald brought the fire & leadership that this DLine sorely lacked last year. Disgusted that Bucs didn’t value him more and let him walk, surely for peanuts. Got a strange feeling our DLine will pay the price this year. Have a great year Clinton.

  10. tmaxcon Says:

    d r

    cancer93 sucks the life out of even the best of men… mr mcdonald is just another example of a long list of players infected by cancer93

  11. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    How do you get sacks in a place like Tampa, playing a super soft zone, 10 yards off the receiver ?
    I lived in Seattle in the 80’s, and still have many football friends there who wondered WTF we did to Clinton McDonald ?
    I wish him and his family well!

  12. The Buc Realist Says:

    CM98 is the second, Doug Martin signed already with the Raiders in the AFC!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!

  13. Dooshlarue Says:


    Yeah, I think Joe is in serious denial about the Hampster!

  14. Pickgrin Says:

    Good Luck Clinton. Thanks for all your efforts in Tampa Bay the last 4 years.

    Averaging about $2 -2.5M per year, McDonald is likely the most under rated free agent signing of GM Licht’s relatively short career. Father Time is undefeated though and it was likely time to move on and get younger.

  15. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Big Mc your time is up! We got younger …let’s see did we get any better, time will tell!! CONTINUE TO BUILD THE WALL…ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE DRAFT!

  16. SB Says:

    Congrats to CMD! Good player and a Good man! Best of luck to you sir!

  17. NFLNut Says:

    I think we’ll draft a nice DT in the draft, be it Vea or Payne in the 1st, Hurst, Bryant or Phillips in the 2nd, Nnandi in the 3rd, McIntosh in the 4th or Norton in the 5th … all are nice players.

  18. SB Says:

    I don’t think there is any way that Bryan lasts until the 39th pick NFLNut, but I hope your are right.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Some of you amaze me. You whine and moan about bringing in better players, then whine and moan about how the ones we cut might do elsewhere.

    McDonald was a good guy and only an okay player. Period.

  20. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Really like Clinton. If I rememember right, he was the first “second” team captain on D and they loved him along with GMC…which tells me GMC (who I do like a lot as a player and person) was not the strong leader his team mates were looking for. He is great American too, as well as good player. I wish they could have found a way to keep him.

  21. Lamarcus Says:

    Joeis going to kill me this……

    McDonald > GMC.

    And no Joe …I don’t drink alcohol

  22. tmaxcon Says:

    mcdonald is a good part time player that we have been losing with… simple as that.

  23. unbelievable Says:

    Can only wish him the best.

    I think it’s a damn shame we didn’t keep him around as a rotational guy. He was without question our 2nd best defensive lineman, even at his age.

    Hope these new guys can bring it!

  24. SteveK Says:

    Good luck, McDonald! Helluva nice dude and a good player. Good puck to you, sir and thanks for being a genuine guy on and off the field.

  25. Defense Rules Says:

    Bigger question tmaxcon is … Was McDonald the cause of that losing? My answer is NO. He gave it all he had & I thought held his own … when he wasn’t hurt. Only got 45 games in 4 years, and I think the biggest reason is because he actually undersized for a DT (6’1″ & 289 lbs is small IMO). Still, he’s a good part-time player (13.5 sacks in 4 yrs is decent IMO for a rotational NT).

  26. Lamarcus Says:

    He was our TRUE dline leader he is a mediocre talent but man he outplayed GMC and did better than expected

  27. DB55 Says:

    All these moves and all they had to do was cut the tutti frutti ice cream man.

    Cut everybody licht guess what the def will still suck as long as the pfudor is still here.

  28. tmaxcon Says:

    Defense Rules

    of course mcdonald was not cause of losing that honor goes to the highest paid team captain and his soft approach to his craft cancer93.

    I have always liked mcdonald but how many part time key contributors can one roster handle and be competitive year in and year out. It seems like every player buc fan falls in love with has the big fat IF if they stay healthy, if they this and if that…. bucs have to eliminate the IF’s

  29. LakeLand Says:

    Joe Woods is the Defensive Coordinator for the Denver Broncos. He came into the NFL back in 2004. He was the Bucs Defensive Quality Control Coach in 2004-2005. When Minnesota hired Mike Tomlin as their DC, he took Woods with him to Minnesota. Clinton McDonald should do good as a DE in Denver 3-4 defense.

  30. BigHogHaynes Says:

    We lost as a team …some of us can’t handle that…drilled in me since pee-wees! WHAT A CONCEPT!! CONTINUE TO BUILD THE WALL…ALL THE WAY THRU THE DRAFT!!

  31. Defense Rules Says:

    Don’t disagree with you tmaxcon that the Bucs need to get ‘healthier’. I happen to agree with Smitty when it comes to interior DLinemen … bigger is better, as long as they’re in top physical condition. Bucs’ defense overall is too small (leftover from Tampa 2 days?). I’m also an advocate for fewer defensive snaps per DLineman (need a better rotation so your arch-enemy, #93, plays a lot fewer snaps). He was over 75% last year (and most years more than that). That’s way too much to be constantly ‘fresh’ no matter what kind of motor you have. Right now we’ve got ONE DT worth a hoot … GMC (stop coughing). Not sold on Unrein or Allen yet (both were part-time players whose stats don’t impress me … but we’ll see). Adding a DT like Vea or Payne would suit me just fine, but I’m betting Licht won’t spend a 1st Rnd pick on a DT (we’ll pick up someone in Rnds 4-7 and he’ll spin it as the guy was a steal).

  32. Horse Liver Says:

    He should have been kept while signing the other guys. Great guy, solid player, he produced…….Dominik — I mean Licht is losing his mind.

  33. Mort Says:

    Joe – you know Drug Martin and Chris Baker already signed with AFC teams, right?

  34. LakeLand Says:

    Yeah the Bucs have to continue with the #WeaponsForWinston campaign. They just blew $42 million on a OC. Now they will probably use 2-3 of their top draft picks on offense also.

  35. Capt.Tim Says:

    Great person , Great player.
    Time has broken him down a bit, but he still brings when the Body holds up.
    I’ll miss having him on this team

  36. passthebuc Says:

    Since we have better luck with non drafted rookies, ( 2 starters ) we give away our draft picks and concentrate on the non drafted market.

  37. Mike Johnson Says:

    I wish Mr. McDonald nothing but the best. Ckass act.