The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could use another pass rusher and a cheap, high-reward option just became available on Wednesday.

According to multiple reports, the San Francisco 49ers released pass rusher Dee Ford on Wednesday afternoon.

Ford signed with the 49ers after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs (Ford was actually traded to the 49ers and then signed an extension).

The former first-round draft pick was fantastic for the Chiefs in 2016 and 2018, totaling 23 sacks combined in those seasons.

Unfortunately for Ford, he was never able to find his footing with San Francisco.

The former Auburn star has battled injuries the last few seasons. Ford only played six games in 2021 and one game in 2020.

When healthy, Ford is a force that can have a major impact on opposing quarterbacks.

Staying healthy, however, is the big problem.

The Buccaneers should take a flier on Ford. He’s likely just looking for an opportunity to win a Super Bowl at this point in his career. And I can’t imagine a better free agent destination than Tampa Bay — great weather, a Super Bowl contending team, and you get to play with Tom Brady for at least one season. Who wouldn’t love that situation?

If the Bucs sign Ford, it would probably be an extremely team-friendly deal. And if he doesn’t stay healthy, it wouldn’t be a major loss for Tampa Bay because they wouldn’t have much invested in him. And if he returns to his 2018 form, then the Bucs would have one of the biggest steals of the offseason.

I don’t see any downside with a move like this. Tampa Bay should get on the phone with Ford (and his agent) before other suitors try to woo him.

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