The Bucs are returning all 22 starters from their Super Bowl-winning team, and also some of their key reserves as well.

Bucs CB Ross Cockrell
Bucs CB Ross Cockrell – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR confirmed the Buccaneers have re-signed defensive back Ross Cockerell to a new two-year deal. Cockrell who was fourth on the corner depth chart in 2020 after signing as an unrestricted free agent last offseason. He is expected to fill the same role this season behind starters Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Carlton Davis.

Cockrell, now in is eight season in the NFL, was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round in 2014 before playing two years with Pittsburgh and a season with both the Giants and Panthers.

He spent the 2019 NFL season with the Carolina Panthers, starting in 11-of-14 appearances and recording 62 tackles, eight passes defensed and two interceptions.

The former Duke Blue Devil has played in 80 career NFL games, including 12 last season with the Buccaneers.  Over his career in the NFL, he’s totaled 207 tackles 45 passes defended, one forced fumble and seven interceptions. A veteran presence in the locker room, Cockrell is currently the oldest and most experienced cornerback on the Bucs’ roster.

He has played in nine career postseason games between Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, recording 19 tackles (one for loss), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. The Duke University product is a native of Hazlet, New Jersey.


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26 days ago

love even the little signings by this coaching staff. Cockrell was a solid contributor and having Bernard as a 3rd down back makes this already unstoppable team even harder to figure out. The strong are getting stronger folks!!

26 days ago

The dominoes just keep falling.

Alldaway 2.0
26 days ago

Loved him as the nickel. Having him and Herb Miller makes the CB room stronger. Draft another CB to replace R. smith and the Bucs CB room is ready to roll.

26 days ago

I think this is an important signing–he’s a four-year starter in the league, he knows Bowles’ system now, and played well last year. Great depth.

26 days ago

Will love to see more speed within the corners to deal with todays speedy receivers.. For example, Tyree Hill just killed one of our corners the whole game.

26 days ago

Well, now the PR staff can get a good nights sense since they seem to be enamored with him. He’s an okay DB but there are a number of players out there just like him.

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25 days ago

Similar yes… but do they know the system? He does and he has produced in it. Playoff experience as well. Good signing. This is going to be another amazing/fun year dr!