Khalil Mack, Buccaneers reportedly met this week


The Buccaneers signed defensive end Michael Johnson as a free agent last month, a move that filled the pressing need for a pass rusher they had entering the offseason.

It may not have taken them out of the market for one of the draft’s top pass rushing prospects, however. Bucs defensive end Steven Means went to the University of Buffalo with linebacker Khalil Mack and told that his former college teammate was in Tampa to visit with the Bucs on Tuesday.

It’s the second up-close look that the Bucs have had at Mack this offseason. Defensive line coach Joe Cullen led Mack through drills at Buffalo’s pro day in March and would presumably coach Mack if he wound up as a defensive end in Tampa.

Given the high regard that NFL teams have for Mack, that seems an unlikely outcome unless the Bucs decide to trade up from the seventh spot in the first round.