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NFL Trade Rumors: Willie Young available, Buccaneers should pursue

Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been looking for a dominant pass rusher ever since Simeon Rice left in 2007. They're not getting one this year, but there's one name who could help in Willie Young. The Chicago Bears pass rusher is on the trade block, according to Ian Rapoport.

Young is coming off a torn Achilles, after breaking out with ten sacks in 15 games last year. The Achilles limited him in training camp, but he looked like he was back to his old explosive self in the preseason. At 30, Young isn't the youngest edge rusher around and he doesn't have a long history of success with just six sacks prior to last year, but part of that was being stuck behind other quality players in Detroit.

Young would make a lot of sense for the Bucs, who don't really have a true speed rusher like Young on the roster and are struggling with a series of injuries to their already-limited defensive end group. They're set to go into the season with just four defensive ends, two of them currently injured. The situation is so bad that they've consistently asked defensive tackle Henry Melton to play on the edge in the preseason.

With Young on the roster bubble, getting him to Tampa really shouldn't cost the Bucs too much. He has two years left on his contract, worth $5 million, which is eminently reasonable for a veteran explosive pass rusher.