Bucs head coach Raheem Morris said the team would look at free agent safeties over the bye week. Tampa Bay has an open roster spot after starting free safety Tanard Jackson was suspended for the season last week. Replacing Jackson in the starting lineup was rookie seventh-round pick Cody Grimm.
Against the Steelers on Sunday Grimm allowed a 46-yard touchdown reception to Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace. Grimm had six tackles in his first NFL start. Morris said that after watching the game tape of the Bucs 38-13 loss that Grimm played well aside from the catch by Wallace.
“We continually evaluate the market and what’s there and we’ll bring people in for workouts,” said Morris. “We’ll look at free safety as far as workout things of that nature. We got to get it going with Cody. I’m telling you if you go watch the tape after that first play which is probably rookie jitters. I’m not going to give any excuse and Cody wouldn’t want one, but he played really well. He tackled well. He got that guy out of bounds on that last play of a long run, which could have been disastrous as a touchdown. It was a good job by him. He had no busts. He played as sharp a game for a rookie as I’ve seen. That’s saying a lot. He played better than Tanard played in his first game out in Seattle. He’s promising. I’m not saying he’s Tanard Jackson yet, but we’ll just have to go out there and play football.”
One available veteran to sign is former Buccaneer safety Kalvin Pearson. He played for Morris in Tampa Bay, and for defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake with the Detroit Lions in 2008.
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