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April 7, 2012 @ 9:22 pm
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Bucs Agree To Terms With Free Agent Amobi Okoye

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PewterReport.com can confirm the Buccaneers have agreed to terms on a contract for unrestricted free agent Amobi Okoye.
PewterReport.com has learned from a team official the Buccaneers have agreed to terms on a deal for Chicago Bears free agent defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, although the deal has not become official.

The Buccaneers were thought to be facing the Broncos, Bengals and Bears for the services of Okoye.

Okoye, a former first round selection of the Houston Texans, played in all 16 games last season for the Bears and had 27 tackles and four sacks, including one against Tampa Bay in the Bucs 27-16 loss to the Bears last October in London. In his career the former Louisville star has started 59 games, notching 165 tackles and 15 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 bolsters the depth issue Tampa Bay suffered with in 2011. The Buccaneers currently have McCoy, Price, Roy Miller, John McCargo and Frank Okam on their current roster at the defensive tackle position.




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    I'D SAY ITS A GREAT MOVE,BRINGING IN A NICE LINEMAN THAT CAN PLAY IN CASE OUR YOUNGER PLAYERS GET HURT-GO BUCS
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    This move reminds me of Jon Gruden; he'd cover his *censored* if he could. With the injury problems of our two stud Dt's, we need to bring in somebody else just in case. Although, I like E.J. Wilson, he's also an injury concern. Notch up Schiano's stock some more!
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    anybody that says that we should resign Geno Hayes is an idiot. In a contract year the guy showed no hustle and no ability to takle. Still can't figure out why we threw so much money at Quincy Black. There are some guys that need to step up or they will be stepping out of the Pewter and Red soon.
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    I LOVE this signing. Okoye was ill suited for Houston's defense and showed what he could do in a limited role in Chicago. Imagine Amobi in the right system, with a full offseason to prepare and a full season of work to show his skills. I have a feeling he's going to push our starters to get better...or push them down the depth chart...and I expect Dominik already has a plan in place to reward Amobi with a longer contract at year's end if he produces on the field this year. 25yrs old and already a 5yr veteran. I LOVE IT!!
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    Experienced, yet still young. It's a good signing and a solid rotational guy. I'm hoping McCoy stays healthy, but if he doesn't, the defensive line will be in much better shape than last year.
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    I love this pickup. I liked him more than I did Gaines Adams coming out of college. I heard a few comments about Okoye beating out Miller but I see Okoye purely as an under tackle while Miller has always played the nose. I see McCargo as the one getting cut. I think Okam and Miller should be battling it out for the backup nose tackle spot in training camp.
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    I believe he had four sacks playing mostly back-up. If he plays more I think he could be a pretty good tackle. If he is any good against the run that would also be a plus. But like PR stated the deal is not done yet.
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    The more I read about this guy the more I like him. This guy could be a great pick-up !
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    could be added depth nuff said
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    Well done Dom and Shelton! Well done. It looks like instead of being clueless about talent level you are intent on getting the real deals. Excellent.
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    Why would we sign London Fletcher, he's old. Keep Mason Foster at mlb and draft Lavonte David in the 2nd and resign Geno. And there won't be anything wrong with our linebackers.
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    Okoye will compete with and beat out Miller, who is not good enough. I am hoping McCargo will improve back to his first round pick status with our improved coaching staff teaching him up and getting his confidence back. Okam already has proven himself to be a quality backup. We need to keep Okcam, Okoye, and McCargo and use them in rotation with the starters, to keep a fresh pass rush going all the time and take the pressure off our linebackers until they get more experience. That will be key this year. Hope we still have cap room for London Fletcher; we need him as the MLB, or at least pick up an Alabama MLB in the second round.
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    Great move,McCoy better stay on the field this year!
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    Good solid signing! Finally were not just blabbering about competition in camp but there will actually be some. Things are looking good guys. Claiborne at 5, Kendricks in the second (the dude is going to be special, but like Foster probably better suited for the outside) then James in the 3rd... Throw in London Fletcher and I'll be buying tickets for this year immediately!
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    I was looking forward to the Bucs possibly drafting this guy, like most of the posters on PR this morning. A five year veteran and former first round pick who still has plenty of upside at 24/25. He is probably the same age as McCoy and Price. Bennett, McCoy, Price, and Clayborn starting with Bowers, Miller, and Okoye rotating in. They will unleash HELL on opposing offensive lines for 60 minutes!
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    Great move! More depth! Just what we need now. GO BUCS!!!
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    With each addition to our 2012 Bucs, we get better! I don't need to remind anyone that the old team with the old coaches beat two playoff teams - New Orleans and Atlanta last year. Just think of how much better this team has gotten with the new coaching staff, the additions we have made in FA (possibly more after the draft) and with the 5th pick (regardless of who we pick) in the upcoming draft. I won't make any predictions until the end of training camp, but I already know that this team has gotten way better!
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    Hmmm ... Considered Bears, Bucs, Bengals and Broncos. First we had Peyton considering only AFC teams, and now we have A-Ok only looking at 'B' teams.
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    I was hoping they could pull this off. He adds quality depth to our interior line, and hopefully he can light a fire under McCoy and Price's you know whats. If they don't show up, Amobi is capable of taking their job! Good signing!
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    I remember when the then 19 year old Okoye came out in the same draft when we drafted the late Gaines Adams. That would make him now the age (25) when most players are just starting to "get it." While he hasn't been the star some envisioned I suspect the reason was his youth. He had to been in awe as a 20 year old rookie. I'm not going to go ga ga just yet but he's a better signing than Jovan Haye.
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    Absolutely a GREAT value and depth pick-up...been eyeing this kid since he was 20 at the time I think, choose to leave college and enter the draft and couldn't believe his talent level and athleticism....(or his age) needless to say they're the real deal and our defensive line talent just got SERIOUSLY reinforced...I can almost start to feel the "SWARM" of the Buccaneer front four starting to return...hope it comes to fruition and hope they signed him to a multi-year deal...GO BUCS!!!!!
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    I just have the feeling this coaching staff will bring out the best in all our players and the difference in effort from start of season until finish will be noticeable....I'm not a coach so I don't know how lacking in talent we really are at LB but I have to believe we will address LB in the draft and later in FA. Our coaches will put our defensive players in positions to be successful with schemes playing to our strengths....I can't wait. Go BUCS!
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    OT Marcus McNeil is another player out there I haven't heard much about. I wonder why SD cut him?
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    Nice point McNeil would be nice!
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    McNeil has health issues.
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    I am psyched about this signing. Though I share the concerns mentioned about our LBs and DBs, pressure up front in the middle makes every level of the defense better....Claireborne rd1, a LB rd 2, and RB rd 3....Thank you Glazers for opening the pocket book...Keep'em coming....What I really like is we're not just bringing in bodies/retreads, we're signing quality. Great job Dominick and ownership.
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    wow one of the first baby sapps has come home. his draft year the bucs were wanting him to be the baby sapp now they have him. but if rod couldn't coach him maybe he will never be baby sapp. oh well there was only one sapp, and before you diss him because of his money problems the bucs have never won a playoff game since he left, he was the heart and soul of the team not db
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    I love the signing. I don't think it can be overstated how much we suffered last season with both McCoy and Price out - Okoye is young and appears to have a serious motor. I remain profoundly concerned about our MLB situation still, however. I will trust they know what they're doing either leaving it in Foster's hands, drafting (though I'm really dubious on a new rook back there) OR biding their time to bring in London Fletcher (who I think could spend a couple years here and teach everyone a thing or two).
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    This is great news. We needed an upgrade over Miller. Our DL should be fantastic if they can stay healthy.........how does this affect our cap space/
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    Great News! Now we have extra help in the interior of the line. We can not have enough Defensive Lineman or Offensive Lineman. It looks to me that other teams players want to play for the Bucs again. Good Job Bucs!
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