Bucs Trade For A Todd Bowles DT

October 18th, 2020

New Bucs DT Steve McLendon.

Joe isn’t sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing but the Bucs just traded for a Jets player.

A guy the Jets signed when current Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was their head coach, nose tackle Steve McLendon, is being shipped to the Bucs per Rich Cimimi of BSPN.

Per Brian Costello of the New York Post, the Bucs sent a sixth-round pick in 2022 to the Jets and in return, receive McLendon and a seventh-round pick in 2023.

McClendon is 34 years old.

Costello had this writeup of McLendon prior to the season.

McLendon may have had his best season as a Jet last year. Even at age 33, McLendon was highly productive on the field and a critical leader off the field.

McLendon really impressed the new coaching staff from the start of the offseason program. He is a locker room Yoda, with sayings and teachings for young players. He likes to say that he was drafted in the eighth round (he was undrafted) and tells them “the gym is always open.”

On the field, McLendon started all 16 games despite hip and knee injuries late in the season. He tied Jamal Adams for the team lead with 10 tackles for loss, which was also a career high. He also had a career-high seven quarterback hits, one fumble recovery, 2 ½ sacks and 36 tackles.

Costello also noted that McLendon had only one missed tackle last season. McClendon started every game for the Jets this year and in his first four games had 10 tackles.

The well-traveled McLendon has been a regular NFL starter since 2013.

26 Responses to “Bucs Trade For A Todd Bowles DT”

  1. DaBux Says:

    Man oh man, AC/DC loving Jason made a smart, smart move here. This guy is perfect for Todd Bowles defense and will show results within two games.

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    We just traded for NT Steve McLendon from the jets.

  3. Rojas Says:

    I’m happy with it. Can never have too many guys on the Dline.

  4. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:

    Chris put the beer down.

    Thanks for the info!

    Go Bucs!!!

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Much needed depth…..experienced, good tude……price was right……..22 & 23 draft…..

  6. jcscycles Says:

    He played for the Steelers for six years, and he knows how to win. Was a Jets team captain. Fans are already missing him, but are also happy for him getting to escape the Jets dumpster fire. Good solid move by Jason Licht!

  7. Colonel_mp Says:

    Good move. Much needed if we want to achieve the ultimate goal.

  8. adam from ny Says:

    after the way bowles had these guys balling today, if the good sir thinks he needs mcclendon to bolster the inside, then so be it…

    he knows the guy from his jets stint…

    he must like him and his experience…good move…

    the bucs are once again stating they’re all in this year…

    all hands on deck…in pewter pants…

    ps also rodger had that look on his face like: dam this team is gonna be a handful come playoff time”

    pps and i bet sean payton wasn’t smirking much today while watching the game on his big screen tv

  9. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Bucs radio said we get a 7th in 2023, not give up a 7th.

  10. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    I like it.

  11. Of course Says:

    NDOG sits down to pee!

  12. rrsrq Says:

    I wonder was Licht on the phone after that first 14 yard run by the Packers

  13. DBS Says:

    Welcome To the Bucs.

  14. 813bucboi Says:

    Of course Says:
    October 18th, 2020 at 9:06 pm
    NDOG sits down to pee!

    So does realist


  15. Mitch Says:

    Good move. He started 37 games for Bowles during his tenure as the HC for the Jets. He’ll pick it up quick and bring quality play/depth.

  16. Youngbucs Says:

    Actually Ndog needs his diaper changed thts why he’s been crying so much. Go fund me for huggies.

  17. Buc1987 Says:

    Give Bowles whatever he needs after this defensive performance.

    I’m so effing happy after this win.

    Time to go on a winning streak.

    Go Bucs.

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    Hey Realist.

    I don’t want to read a damn thing from you all week.

    You should be silenced the whole friggin week.

  19. Bird Says:

    A big nasty in the middle
    Good move

  20. catcard202 Says:

    This looks like a plug & play move that helps solidify the DL rotation…I’m all for it. (On it’s surface)

    Generally speaking…I hate moves dealing the future…But future 6th/7th round picks would be a small price to pay, if he helps fill Vea’s void for the 2020 play-off push.

    Let’s all hope it works out & no whammies pop up.

    Any # of moves will be made by the FO to replace picks -yrs down the line. – between now & then.

    Regardless, I like this move in a “Win Now” season. A roll of the dice move, on a familiar commodity. A move the FO needed to make, chasing a division title & hoping for more.

  21. Bill M Says:

    Great addition for nose tackle rotation. Solid experienced depth. So many injuries this year across the league. No preseason conditioning the cause?

  22. GoBucUrSelf Says:


    LETS GO!!!!!

  23. Kord Says:

    Money pickup!

  24. Buccan8 Says:

    I bet JoeSeahawksFan.com had a similar opening line when they signed McDougald a few years ago—and I get why! But Everything I’ve read about this guy is that he’s yet another established Veteran in the locker room. And you know he has to be loving this change in postseason fortune!

    Salary is a great fit too; looks like he will only be due a hair over a quarter million from the Bucs, based on his prorated $1.25 million he inked with the Jets in the offseason.

    Nice job, front-office!

  25. orlbucfan Says:

    Good move by Licht. This guy will bring maturity and leadership to all the younger players. Bowles gave his name to the FO. Still buzzing over the win. Finally, an almost perfectly played game. 🙂

  26. Cobraboy Says:

    Excellent move. NT Depth on the DL is thin with the loss of Vea.

    What are the cap considerations?