The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday that they have released cornerback Crezdon Butler and signed defensive lineman Lawrence Sidbury. The team also signed defensive back Varmah Sonie to the practice squad.
Sidbury (6-3, 269) originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick (125th overall) of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2009 NFL Draft. Sidbury spent four seasons with Atlanta (2009-12), playing in 48 games and tallying 14 tackles, 5.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. He also played in the Falcons’ 2011 Wild Card Playoff game against the New York Giants, tallying one tackle. In 2013, Sidbury signed with the Indianapolis Colts, but spent the season on the Injured Reserve. He spent the 2014 preseason with the Houston Texans. Sidbury – who played collegiately at Richmond – will wear No. 77 for the Buccaneers.
Sonie (5-9, 166) joins Tampa Bay after spending the 2014 season with the Portland Thunder of the Arena League, where he earned first-team All-Arena honors after logging nine interceptions and a franchise record 86 tackles in 17 games. Sonie played collegiately at Northern Iowa, and was named second-team All-Missouri Valley following his senior season. He will wear No. 23 for the Buccaneers.
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Sonie is 5’9″ in elevated shoes. See official Pro Day measurements.
We I guess they want to see if he can play nickel corner. 166 lbs. is exceedingly small to play in this league., but 9 INT’s is provocative.
I’m willing to give Sonie the benefit of the doubt despite his size. I think the toughest, hardest hitting DB we’ve had since Lynch was actually a CB in Elbert Mack. Last time I saw him he was playing for the Saints. I wonder whatever happened to him?
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