Safety Keith Tandy will be staying in Tampa Bay for a fifth season, the Buccaneers announced Tuesday afternoon. He signed a multi-year deal, but terms were not disclosed.
Included in the same press release was the expected release of linebacker Bruce Carter.
Tandy, a sixth-round selection by the Bucs in 2012 out of West Virginia, appeared in 14 games last season and 54 overall over four years. Contributing as a backup and special-teamer primarily, the 5-foot-10, 205-pounds totaled 42 combined tackles, a sack and a pass defensed.
Tandy was one of three Bucs safeties entering free agency this offseason, being joined by starters Chris Conte (unrestricted) and Bradley McDougald (restricted).
Carter came to the Bucs as a free agent from Dallas last year. The fifth-year linebacker was brought in on a four-year, $17-million contract to take over the middle but was beat out in preseason by rookie Kwon Alexander.
As reported last week, fellow linebacker Danny Lansanah is expected to join Carter on his way out of Tampa Bay.
It’s obvious that the front office believes that the poor defensive backfield play last season was attributable to poor coaching.
I’m sure that was part of the problem, Ronald but not entirely.
Tandy actually put together a pretty good year as a backup including a great game against the Bears.
This deal probably didn’t oost the Bucs much which the cheapskate Glazer boys desire the most.
They count every penny that walks out the door.
It just never ends with you. Apparently you have no concept of the teams having to spend a given % on player salaries now. The days of Culverhouse pocketing it are well behind us.
I’m a bit surprised that they’d let both Lansanah & Carter go, as they were both able to fill in pretty well@ MLB when needed. At some point, I’d like to see “they have some promising young talent they are excited about”- as opposed to: “they can save cap $ by making this cut, and bringing in a younger players”
smart move resigning Tandy
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