The upgrade to the Bucs pass rush got another shot in the arm when free agency opened at 4 p.m. on Tuesday with the announcement that Tampa Bay has reached an agreement with former Seahawks defensive tackle Clinton McDonald on a reported 4-yr, $12 million deal.
Tampa Bay agreed to terms with Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson earlier in the day.
McDonald, who played his college football at Memphis, was a seventh-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009, and was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2011. The 6-2, 297-pound defensive tackle was part of a rotational defensive line for the Seahawks, and posted 38 tackles in his first two seasons in Seattle.
The former Bengal esily had his best season last year for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, posting 35 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two pass breakups and one interception.
Reports from Seattle said that McDonald is quick penetrating three-technique that can also be used at nose guard. ESPN.com Seahawks beat writer Terry Blount said McDonald may have been Seattle’ most underrated player in 2013.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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