The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have placed CB Aqib Talib on Injured Reserve and signed a familiar face in former Bucs DT Jovan Haye.
Talib started 13 of the team's 14 games this season and was inactive for one other. On the year, he recorded 42 tackles (41 solo), two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, 13 passes defensed and two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns. Since entering the league in 2008, Talib has 17 interceptions, which is tied for the seventh-most in the NFL during that span.
Haye rejoins the Buccaneers after most recently playing in one game with the Detroit Lions in 2011, where he recorded two tackles. Haye, who originally entered the league with the Carolina Panthers as a sixth-round draft pick (189th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft, spent three seasons with the Buccaneers from 2006-08, starting in 45 of the 46 games he played. He went on to spend the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Tennessee Titans, playing in 29 games with 16 starts. In his career, Haye has played in 72 games with 46 starts, recording 269 tackles, 6.5 sacks, four tackles for loss, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries and four passes defensed.
The team also announced they signed former Oklahoma Sooner LB Mike Balogun to the practice squad. To make room TE Martell Webb was released from the practice squad.