EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 01: Steve McLendon #99 of the New York Jets looks on during warm ups against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on October 01, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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The New York Jets have traded Steve McLendon to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where a familiar face, Todd Bowles, awaits his arrival.

The New York Jets have traded Steve McLendon to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

The move comes immediately following the team’s embarrassing 24-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins down south. Now at 0-6, general manager Joe Douglas has sent a team captain to a familiar face in Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

McLendon, 34, spent four-plus seasons with the Jets. Signing in 2016, his first three seasons in New York happened under Bowles.

McLendon has tallied 10 tackles in six games played in 2020 and finishes his Jets career with 7.5 sacks and 28 tackles for loss in 65 games.

The Bucs beatdown Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers Sunday. Their 38-10 victory featured two Tom Brady touchdown passes and a Bucs defense that intercepted Rodgers twice while constantly harassing him all game.

The compensation for McLendon is not yet known, but it can’t be much considering the age of the player and current circumstances surrounding the Jets season.


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