The Bucs have re-signed veteran defensive tackle Steve McLendon, according to a report from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

McLendon, 35, joined the Bucs via a mid-season trade with the New York Jets following an injury to starting nose tackle Vita Vea. At 34-years old, McLendon saw action in Tampa Bay’s final nine games of the regular season and three of their playoff games, totaling 22 tackles, two tackles-for-loss and three quarterback hits. He was a key part of the team’s second straight season as the No. 1 run defense in the NFL, despite being the oldest defensive tackle to take a snap last year at 34 years old.

With the return of all 22 starters from Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl-winning roster, McLendon adds to a number of signings this week that will provide key depth as the Bucs make an attempt to “go for two” in 2021. Earlier in the week the Bucs added ex-Bengals running back Giovani Bernard and made official the return of cornerback Ross Cockrell on a two-year deal.

The Bucs have now re-signed 13 of their own free agents this offseason, with Bernard the lone new signing. The only free agents from last year’s team that remain unsigned are WR Antonio Brown, RB LeSean McCoy, QB Blaine Gabbert, QB Ryan Griffin, RB T.J. Logan, RB Kenjon Barner and LB Deone Bucannon.

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9 months ago

Great signing! Unsung hero of the d line that lost Vita early in the season. Licht is absolutely killing it in free agency.

9 months ago

That is probably almost a wrap on Bucs signings. Jon had me interested in Geno Atkins and I assume that won’t be happening now.

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9 months ago

Bucs are covering their depth of the roster superbly so far. Bucs go BAP in the draft and can improve the bottom ten of the roster significantly.

9 months ago

Atkins is probably out of their price range. I hope this is for league minimum otherwise at his age a rookie would probably be better suited and the money spent better somewhere else, like signing AB.

9 months ago

McLendon must think he died and went to NFL heaven when he looks at his SB ring and then glances at the final AFC East standings. Same with Lenny,

9 months ago

Great resign