In an effort to potentially increase the team’s pass rush, the Buccaneers are having former Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston in for a workout on Monday. Tampa Bay has just four sacks through the first four games of the 2017 regular season, which is last in the NFL. Three of those sacks came on Thursday night against New England after the team went sack-less against Minnesota and the New York Giants.

The Bears released the 30-year old Houston after he suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss the 2016 season. Houston rebounded from a 2014 knee injury that cost him half of that season, and recorded a career-high eight sacks.

The 6-foot-3, 274-pound Houston has 25 career sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception between his first four years in Oakland and his last three years in Chicago. Houston played outside linebacker in Chicago, but would play defensive end if signed by the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay released defensive end Jacquies Smith on Wednesday night and are in need of another pass rusher. Safety Isaiah Johnson was signed from the practice squad on Thursday to help the team’s depth at that position, but could be released in order to make room for Houston as safeties T.J. Ward and Keith Tandy are expected to return to health from their injuries for Sunday’s game at Arizona.

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  1. Houston would be a quality addition for the Bucs if he is healthy. The iterative words are “if he is healthy” and can he stay healthy. He has had two torn ACLs. John Fox, Bears HC, knows pass rushers. They chose to release him with an injury settlement. To be fair, some of that was Houston was owed a 5.4mil salary.

    That’s what workouts are for – to determine a player’s viability. I trust the Bucs to make the best decision here. The workouts scheduled for today shows by the level of competition coming in that we are desperate for pass rush and kicking help. May the football gods smile upon us. Go Bucs!

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  2. Hope it works we keep trying these guys out over the years with promise and still whiffing past QBs at least we’re addressing the lack of pass rush!!

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  3. If he was any good, he wouldn’t be available.

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    • Looks like the Bucs passed on Houston as he left without a contract. Reported by Ian Rapoport.

      Ian Rapoport‏Verified account @RapSheet 23m23 minutes ago
      The #Texans are flying former #Bears pass-rusher Lamarr Houston in for a visit tomorrow, source said. He could fill Whitney Mercilus’ role.

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  4. it’s a long shot to find anybody who will improve our pass rush ability available at this point in the season, but that shouldn’t stop licht from trying. hopefully they are examining film of practice squad DEs on pass rush-rich teams as well, no stone unturned.

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  5. If we are going to sign an aging player, why not take a shot at Dwight Feeney. I don’t think he is playing with anyone this year and maybe he can teach Noah Spence a little something like he did the Falcons LB.

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  6. Idk about this guy… used to be good but he’s a Run stopping end in our scheme.. similar to gholston.

    I’ll never forget when this clown torn his ACL during a sack dance…

    Anyone have Daquan bowers cell number?? This is getting desperate.

    Not sure why Clinton McDonald isn’t starting at nose. He was a BEAST on Thursday night. Baker is a joke. I said it before and I’ll say it again, Baker is a way overpaid veteran mistake just like Michael Johnson, George Johnson, and Anthony Collins. get him out of the starting lineup. We should have kept Akeem Spence.. SMH

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