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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Youth Vita Vea Jersey , we will take a look at the linebacker position. Tampa Bay has some tough choices ahead of them in this department. The biggest question concerning this group is what to do with Kwon Alexander, the Bucs’ starting middle linebacker and defensive leader. But it doesn’t stop with him. The Bucs carried nine linebackers on their roster at one point in 2018. They only have five of those players returning in 2019. Lavonte David, Kendall Beckwith, Devante Bond, Jack Cichy, and Riley Bullough are the only players under contract to return in 2019.So it’s pretty obvious that the Bucs will have to fill these spots either through free agency or the draft.Just like the last few previews, we will use overall stats and Pro Football Focus grades to give context into what type of season/career each player has had. That will help determine how much each player may command in free agency. And this is just another reminder, but I have not watched any film on these players yet. This is strictly from a monetary/contractual/potential fit vantage point. Since we also don’t know exactly what type of defense Todd Bowles will employ, it’s important to take a look at players that can play in multiple fronts. Bruce Arians did say that the coaching staff does plan to work around the players they have, so that’s important to keep in mind as well. That being said, here are the top four graded linebackers for performance context. I was able to find the top inside and EDGE/outside linebacker in a 3-4 system and the top MIKE and SAM/WILL linebacker in a 4-3 system. I’ll start with the top linebacker and EDGE in a 3-4:Zach Brown, ILB, Washington RedskinsPFF Grade: 89.2 Overall/84.1 Run Defense/84.4 Coverage/68.7 Pass Rush/927 Total SnapsKhalil Mack, EDGE, Chicago BearsPFF Grade: 90.7 Overall/86.0 Run Defense/87.4 Coverage/73.9 Pass Rush/819 Total SnapsAnd here is the top MIKE and SAM/WILL in a 4-3:Bobby Wagner, MIKE, Seattle SeahawksPFF Grade: 91.8 Overall/91.6 Run Defense/90.5 Coverage/86.7 Pass Rush/999 Total SnapsLorenzo Alexander, SAM, Buffalo BillsPFF Grade: 85.7 Overall/82.4 Run Defense/79.9 Coverage/70.7 Pass Rush/630 Total SnapsSo White DeSean Jackson Jersey , now that we have all of this information, let’s take a look at some potential fits for the Bucs in 2019. 1) Kwon Alexander, Middle Linebacker, Tampa Bay BuccaneersPFF Grade: 59.1 Overall/53.3 Run Defense/57.1 Coverage/78.8 Pass Rush/366 Total SnapsJust like the Adam Humphries decision, this will be a tough one for the Bucs. Alexander has played well during his time in Tampa Bay, but he has also had his share of moments where he hasn’t looked so great. He tore his ACL midway through the season in 2018 and it’s possible he could be ready to go by the start of 2019. He posted a video of himself rehabbing his knee on January 15th.And another one of him squatting on January 29th. It looks like everything is in place for a 2019 return. But Alexander may have more of an impact off the field rather than on it. He is known as a true teammate, a vocal leader, and a player that brings out the dog in his teammates. As with most in-house free agents, Tampa Bay has to figure out three things:Where does he fit?Do you franchise him?Do you sign him long-term?The only semi-certain answer to any of those questions is how much Alexander will cost if the Bucs do in fact decide to franchise him. His price tag will run close to $10.5 million if he is in fact franchised. Alexander’s career was budding before his knee injury in 2018. He led the league in solo tackles with 108 in 2016 and followed that up with a Pro Bowl appearance in 2017. One would think he is going to want to get paid pretty well. There’s always a chance that he’ll give the Bucs a hometown discount, but don’t expect that to happen. He is also project to make $10.2 million off a long-term deal in 2019, so it may be in the Bucs’ best interest to go that route, but the ACL could be the determining factor in what happens. 2) C.J. Mosley, Inside Linebacker, Baltimore RavensPFF Grade: 73.6 Overall/80.1 Run Defense/57.3 Pass Rush/66.5 Coverage/943 Total SnapsI know, I know. I’ve been preaching this whole offseason about how cap-strapped the Bucs are, but I’m sorry. I love this kid and I would love it even more if Tampa Bay could find a way to coax him away from Baltimore. That’s the biggest issue for the Bucs. The Ravens should have plenty of cap space, so it’s likely that Tampa Bay is going to have to pay him well above his projected $9.7 million salary.The Ravens have also recently stated that they intend on keeping him around for the long haul. A boy can dream, though, right?But it’s not like it wouldn’t be worth it. Mosley has the fourth most combined tackles amongst all linebackers since he entered the league in 2014. He is fifth in solo tackles White Bryan Anger Jersey , 16th in tackles for loss, 21st in quarterback hits, and 34th in sacks. CJ Mosley would be a major addition to the Bucs.Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY SportsWhen you condense those stats down to just the inside linebacker position, he has the third most combined tackles, third most solo tackles, sixth most tackles for loss, seventh most quarterback hits, and 12th most sacks since 2014. Mosley is a fast, instinctive, hard-hitting player that can do just about everything.