The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature no extra Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Lavonte David was on the list as a potential addition at linebacker, the Pro Bowl instead called up Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr to replace Vic Beasley, who’s headed to the Super Bowl with the Atlanta Falcons.
Barring some last-minute injury replacements, that means this year’s Pro Bowl will feature just two Buccaneers: wide receiver Mike Evans, who made his first Pro Bowl this year, and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who made his fifth already.
That’s a fairly meager showing, with a few obvious snubs. There’s Lavonte David, who had a pretty good year, but Brent Grimes not making the Pro Bowl despite four interception and 24(!) passes defensed is an absolute travesty. Bryan Anger was definitely among the top punters in the league as well, and had a very good case for the Pro Bowl.
Last year, the Bucs had five players in the Pro Bowl: McCoy and David were joined by quarterback Jameis Winston, left guard Logan Mankins and running back Doug Martin.
Alas, it was not to be. I guess everyone else can enjoy an early holiday instead, to get ready for next season.