The 'Stillers' did what they pretty much always do... Win. A quiet 13-3 season punctuated by a sweep of the AFC North is always within arms reach and winning won't be alien to them in 2018 either. With Bell franchise tagged, AB still the best WR in football, and Big Ben deciding to stay out of retirement, Pittsburgh will be favored heavily to make it deep into the playoffs.
Breaking: Bucs acquire DE Jason Pierre Paul from the Giants.
Bucs get: Jason Pierre Paul, NYG 4th Round Pick
Giants get: TB 3rd Round Pick, TB 4th Round Pick
Pierre Paul, 29, had 8.5 sacks and 48 tackles a year ago. He was ranked the 43rd edge defender in the NFL (average) by Pro Football Focus. Since being drafted to the Giants in 2010, Pierre Paul had established himself as one of the top edge defenders and a cornerstone of the Giants franchise. However, he was never able to fully recover from a firework incessant, that resulted in him losing two fingers. He’s still a solid option at DE though, and will be much better than anyone Tampa Bay had a year ago. Edge Rush was Tampa Bay’s biggest weakness in 2017, but no longer remains a problem with the acquisition of JPP and Vinny Curry. He will make a base salary of $11.25M in 2018, but is a much better option than anyone in free agency right now, and helps the Bucs compete right away. Tampa also had the cap flexibility to take on his big deal. The Giants needed some extra cap space after signing OT Nate Solder to a massive deal, and can now either let DE Romeo Okwara get more playing time, or draft Bradley Chubb with their first round pick. This trade gives the Giants flexibility, and the Bucs an instant upgrade at edge defender. Solid move for both teams.