The Tampa Bay Buccaneers filled another need in free agency with the signing for former Dallas Cowboys nickel cornerback Sterling Moore to a one-year deal worth a reported $1.525 million, according to SportsTalkFlorida.com’s Jenna Laine. The 25-year old Moore was an undrafted free agent out of SMU in 2011. After a brief period on the Raiders practice squad, he went on to play two seasons in New England (2011-2012), starting 14 games before signing with Dallas mid-way through the 2012 season off the Patriots’ practice squad.

Moore is coming off his best season in 2014 where he played in all 16 games with seven starts, totaling 46 tackles and 12 pass deflections, which led the Cowboys. He’s totaled 80 tackles, 20 passes defended and three interceptions, including one for a touchdown in his four-year career.

Tampa Bay is plenty familiar with the 5-foot-10, 202-pound Moore. Bucs general manager Jason Licht and director of player personnel Jon Robinson were in New England in 2011 when the Patriots acquired Moore, and current Tampa Bay safeties coach Mikal Smith coached Moore in 2013 when he was the nickel cornerbacks coach in Dallas.

The Bucs were unhappy with the play of nickel cornerbacks Leonard Johnson and Isaiah Frey last year as the nickel cornerback position only picked off one pass between the two (Johnson), which came in Week 17 against New Orleans, and gave up several touchdowns. Johnson was re-signed to a one-year contract this offseason, but Moore will likely enter training camp as the favorite to win the nickel cornerback job in 2015.

Before signing with Tampa Bay, which was his first free agent visit, Moore also visited Pittsburgh and San Francisco.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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ColoradoBuc
ColoradoBuc
6 years ago

Finally, an impact signing. No, I mean it!

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

I’ve never seen him play, but he sounds like a good signing. Go Bucs (I think that’s the first time I felt like saying that all year)!

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

Yeah it seems as though we are building the all EX-Dallas team. Good thing is these guys know the system.

macabee
macabee
Reply to  cgmaster27
6 years ago

CG,

I think that is by design. Lovie saw how long it took last year to get guys to master the defense. He is purposely taking guys that can walk in day one and play having learned under the Cover 2 guru Rod Marinelli. I understand DE George Selvie may be next.

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

As long as we don’t have to see Leonard Johnson on the field again I’m all for it

flashgordon
flashgordon
6 years ago

Now, if we can just sign Selvie, Barksdale, Wisniewski . . .

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
6 years ago

This feels like shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic….probably an upgrade over LJ (who we just re-signed for some reason) but that’s a pretty low bar….

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
Reply to  EastEndBoy
6 years ago

EastEndBoy, Talking about low bar, we are now looking at Selvie. Why didn’t we keep Clayborne?

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  KINDERRT
6 years ago

I’m with you – I think many teams’ practice squad DEs will be better than our starters….I guess that’s why Licht is so stoked about having first dibs on waivers….goodie for us…

KINDERRT
KINDERRT
6 years ago

The idea of hiring Lovie and bringing back the Tampa 2 is not going very well to say the least. We need certain players for the Tampa 2 and they aren’t having much success. We need 4-3 DE’s that don’t grow on trees and fast and athletic DTs around three hundred pounds or less,also don’t grow on trees. Not to get into the type LBs,CBs and safetys we need to play this type of D. Not to mention the learning curve in learning this Defense. I believe we should have went with a coach that runs a 3-4. If they… Read more »

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

How about them Cowboys! I think our Largo Packer isn’t going to make it.

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

Well Bucs Fans Tampa will start be callings the Cowboys of the South.That’s alright If these players can turn our defense around,We could make the playoffs in 2016!I hope Tampa hasn’t stop there. Dallas can Have Hardy,the way Jerry Jones is phrasing Mr Hardy He is the savior on the Defense line! I really believe that Tampa is doing the best job they have to work with.Iam looking forward on more veterans coming Tampa way and a good draft crop and rookie free agents. Tampa will turn it around soon! GO BUCS

Uncle Stan
Uncle Stan
Reply to  georgehicks
6 years ago

George,

In your lifetime? I don’t think I’ll see it

buclover1988
buclover1988
6 years ago

As LeBron James said.. “Rome wasn’t built in one day”

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  buclover1988
6 years ago

so true….but at our pace (10 years of rebuilding now) the Romans would have already invaded Tampa and burned the place to the ground…

Uncle Stan
Uncle Stan
Reply to  buclover1988
6 years ago

A wise august sage’s response was – “it sure burned in a short time though”