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April 6, 2012 @ 8:29 am
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Reports: Bucs Interested In Okoye And Landri

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Reports this week have the Buccaneers interested in signing Bears free agent defensive tackle Amobi Okoye. Also on the Bucs radar is Eagles defensive tackle Derek Landri.  Both could provide much needed depth.
Although Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said last month that Tampa Bay was done in free agency and was focusing on the upcoming NFL Draft, reports this week have the Bucs showing interest in free agent defensive linemen Amobi Okoye and Derek Landri.

Okoye, a former first round selection of the Houston Texans, was with Chicago last year. Okoye played in all 16 games last season for the Bears and had 27 tackles and four sacks. In his career the former Louisville star has started 59 games, notching 165 tackles and 15 sacks.

Landri is an option for Tampa Bay if they are unable to agree to terms with Okoye according to reports. The former Notre Dame linemen recorded 21 tackles and two sacks last season in Philadelphia. In 2010, he started 16 games with the Panthers, recording 43 tackles and three sacks.

While the Buccaneers are counting heavily on the healthy return of Gerald McCoy and Brian Price, the defensive line was a position decimated with injuries last season and the addition of Okoye – or Landri - would bolster the depth issue Tampa Bay suffered with in 2011.

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    I never heard of Landdri but I like Okoye. I always have. I think Okoye would make a great backup DT.
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    I've been of the belief, from the moment he was drafted, that Amobi Okoye was ill suited for Houston's defense. If we are able to convince him to come to Tampa, I'm willing to wager that he will beat out Brian Price and/or Gerald McCoy for the starting position. He is a true penetrating DT who is perfectly suited for what we have going on within our DL. He's ultra-quick off of the line, low center of gravity and surprising pop for strength. Paired with a McCoy/Price/Miller, he'll help Clayborn and Bowers get to the QB.
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    Either player would be a good addition for depth. Okoye might be looking for a starting gig, but who knows, with the injury history of McCoy and Price he might wind up a starter. Landri would be a good fall back plan if they can't get Okoye. The Philly fans seem to have good things to say about him. Good rotational guy and less expensive than Okoye.
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    Okoye would be a great pick up. We could have a great rotation with our defensive line if he comes here.
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    Id say that if either player comes on board with Tampa it would be for depth. GO BUCS I still want a veteran LB added.
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    Depth on the d line is always the start to creating a shut down defense. you can never have too much depth especially on the d line!
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    i like the pursuit of free agents that can make an immediate impact. i'm not sold on either price or mccoy being long term stalwarts at dt
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    I doubt McCoy or Price can make it a whole season uninjured,adding another DT is just smart..
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    I hope we get Okoye. I know the Coach is not going to say much and Dominik not at all, but Gerald McCoy has to stay healthy and play as a strong tough DT. No matter what, Price will be better because he has the time to get healthier and get in shape. No excuses this season for either one of them.
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    Okoye might be a longshot for the Bucs! The Bengals and Broncos are also interested. The Bengals have the most cap space (20.5mil) and could go deep, but they already re-signed their DT Pat Sims. The Broncos have less cap space (13.8mil) than the Bucs (15.6mil), but they have the greatest need because they lost Broderick Bunkley to the Saints and have the best reputation (who Okoye might want to play for). Okoye would be a starter at the Broncos. The Bucs are also looking at Derek Landri (Eagles) who would be more affordable and this is where the controversy comes in. Are the Bucs looking for a starter or just depth? Because Landri will be viewed as the Bucs taking the cheap way out again. They haven't been clear about the health of Price, in particular. If the Bucs want to add impact to the front five, they go hard after Okoye, otherwise Landri is just a replacement for Haye or McCargo.
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    I like Okoye. I remember he was like 19 as a rookie so he's real young still. As long as they don't give another depth player like Wright a huge contract.
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    MOre than camp fodder for sure....might be a decent move....we have been short at times due to injuries and maybe one of these guys will be motivation to light a fire under some folks. GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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