Does Pewter Report think DT Frank Okam will be back in Tampa Bay? Why could he leave? Will Okam have a lot of interest in free agency? Find out the answers and the prediction of Okam’s future with the Bucs.
PewterReport.com continues this series of articles that predicts whether a Bucs veteran free agent will be back with the team in 2011.DEFENSIVE TACKLE FRANK OKAM
The 6-foot-5, 350-pound Okam is not signed for the 2011 season. Okam, 25, could be a restricted free agent or unrestricted free agent depending on the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement. 2010 SEASON
Last year Okam totaled 15 tackles with two tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery. Okam started three games after Gerald McCoy went on injured reserve. Okam had seven tackles in the Bucs 38-15 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16. He recovered the fumble against New Orleans in Week 17. CAREER UP TO THIS POINT
Okam had a rough start to his career with the Houston Texans after a draft day slide in 2008 that lasted until the fifth round. Okam never had an impact with the Texans and played in only 13 games in 2008-2010. After being cut by Houston, Okam signed with the Seattle Seahawks. He was inactive during his time in Seattle before being cut. Tampa Bay signed Okam to the active roster in November. WHY HE COULD RE-SIGN
The Buccaneers really liked what Okam did during his limited time with the team. Okam was recommended to the team by his former Texas teammates Roy Miller and Tim Crowder. Okam fit in well in the locker room and was said to be rejuvenated in his time with the Bucs.
Tampa Bay likes the different dimension that Okam offers. After McCoy went done, Okam played well as a power three technique that overpowers guards with his massive size and strength. Okam offers a bigger presence as an interior run defender over the Bucs other defensive tackles. Okam also has the ability to play nose tackle.
Okam could serve as a stout short-yardage and goal line defender for Tampa Bay. The Bucs would like to have Okam back after he played well late in the season. WHY HE COULD DEPART
Tampa Bay has a lot of young defensive tackles signed for 2011 that they like. McCoy, Miller, Brian Price and Al Woods are all coming back. Like Okam, Woods played well after being signed by the Bucs during the 2010 season.
Okam would like the opportunity to get playing time. However, it will be hard for him to do so with McCoy and Miller secure in their starting positions. The Bucs can’t wait to get a healthy Price on the field, and liked Woods run-stuffing ability.
While Okam wants to go to a good situation, as a restricted or unrestricted free agency he probably will get more interest from Tampa Bay than any other team. There probably won’t be a big market for him. PREDICTION
Pewter Report’s prediction is that Okam will be re-signed by Tampa Bay in free agency.PREVIOUS PR PREDICTS
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