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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