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Divisional Round Free-Agent Watch: Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs

Keeping an eye out for future Buccaneers in the AFC’s Sunday afternoon match-up

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Opening up our Sunday afternoon slate of games in the 2019-20 NFL Playoffs are the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Last weekend, we took a look at one upcoming free-agent from the Texans ahead of their win over the Buffalo Bills.

As they advance to face the Chiefs in Arrowhead, we take another look at two potential free-agents looking for new teams once it all comes to an end this February.

2020 FREE-AGENTS: HOUSTON TEXANS

FS, Mike Adams (39) | OLB, Tyrell Adams (28)

SS, Jahleel Addae (30) | WR, DeAndre Carter (27)

OT, Chris Clark (34) | ILB, Dylan Cole (26)

DT, Brandon Dunn (27) | K, Ka’imi Fairbairn (26)

TE, Darren Fells (34) | CB, Phillip Gaines (29)

RB, Carlos Hyde (28) | OT, Roderick Johnson (24)

RB, Taiwan Jones (32) | CB, Johnathan Joseph (36)

QB, A.J. McCarron (29) | RB, Lamar Miller (29)

OLB, Barkevious Mingo (29) | DT, D.J. Reader (26)

CB, Bradley Roby (28) | QB, Joe Webb (33)

LS, Jon Weeks (34)

FREE-AGENT FOCUS: DT, BRANDON DUNN

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Brandon Dunn might hit the open market looking for a starting job, but if he can’t find one, then he may be wise to take a look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and answer their call if they give him one.

Dunn will be 28 next season, and has spent most of his career with the Houston Texans after two seasons with the Chicago Bears. He got his first career regular season sack this season, but has made impact plays in other siuations (see the picture above).

Part of the reason the Bucs’ defense was able to improve the way they did was because of the health of the front-seven. Knock on wood, but the chances of having another relatively clean year in 2020 is not likely.

If the team finds themselves in need of a depth player to step up on the defensive line, the addition of Dunn would look like a great one.

2020 FREE-AGENTS: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

TE, Blake Bell (29) | CB, Bashaud Breeland (28)

CB, Morris Claiborne (30) | CB, Kendall Fuller (25)

QB, Chad Henne (35) | DT, Chris Jones (26)

WR, Marcus Kemp (25) | LB, Darron Lee (25)

S, Jordan Lucas (27) | RB, LeSean McCoy (32)

QB, Matt Moore (36) | DE, Emmanuel Ogbah (26)

DE, Mike Pennel (29) | LB, Reggie Ragland (26)

CB, Keith Reaser (29) | WR, Demarcus Robinson (25)

FB, Anthony Sherman (31) | LB, Terrell Suggs (37)

RB, Spencer Ware (28) | TE, David Wells (25)

DT, Xavier Williams (28) | C, Stefen Wisniewski (31)

OT, Andrew Wylie (26) | TE, Deon Yelder (25)

FREE-AGENT FOCUS: DT, CHRIS JONES

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If he makes it past the tagging phase of the 2020 off-season, Chris Jones is going to be a highly sought after free-agent. So highly sought after, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not be willing to participate in the bidding war. At least, not for long.

But, it’s an intriguing proposition, so it’s something worth discussing.

Jones hit nine sacks this past regular season, and would have likely hit double digits for the second-straight year had he not missed three games. The first three games, by the way, he’s missed in his career.

In 2018, Jones turned in 15.5 sacks for the Chiefs, and another 6.5 in the 2017 campaign.

The Chiefs have just over $20M in cap space projected for 2020, so tagging him comes at a higher price than just the dollar amount. Of course, NFL general managers and cap experts tend to find ways to free-up needed cash.

Two defensive linemen are under the microscope today. Which would you target if you were Jason Licht? Or are there other free-agents you would like to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers target?