The Bucs claimed outside linebacker Ladarius Hamilton off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys. Hamilton played collegiately at North Texas, making him the third Mean Green football player to join Tampa Bay’s roster within the week.

North Texas WR Jaelon Darden

North Texas WR Jaelon Darden – Photo courtesy of North Texas

The Bucs drafted North Texas wide receiver Jaelon Darden in the fourth round on Saturday. On Thursday morning Tampa Bay signed cornerback Nate Brooks, a college teammate of Hamilton. Brooks entered the league in 2019 with Arizona, and spent part of last year on Baltimore’s practice squad.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound pass rusher joined the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Dallas last May. He spent his entire rookie season on the Cowboys practice squad and was re-signed by Dallas in January.

In four seasons at North Texas, Hamilton played in 43 games and totaled 122 tackles, 16 sacks, 28.5 tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Playing defensive end, he ended his Mean Green career with back-to-back 7.5-sack seasons as a junior and senior.

According to Buccaneers.com, the last Mean Green player to suit up for the Bucs during the regular season was safety Beasley Reece. That was in 1985 when the school was still known as North Texas State.

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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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drdneast
1 month ago

6’3 260 lbs.is a little light in the a$$. Good thing he switched to OLB. Hope he works out.

CCCP
1 month ago

North Texas State, the school where Steve Austin played football before his wrestling career.

scubog
Reply to  CCCP
1 month ago

Didn’t Dusty Rhodes go there too?

Randy H.
Reply to  CCCP
1 month ago

Along with “Mean” Joe Greene, which is coincidentally when they changed from the Eagles to the Mean Green.

Sneedy16
1 month ago

Watching his highlights, he is really slow off the ball. He has a lot hustle so that should help.

Horse
1 month ago

Sounds more like practice material, sad to say.

Barnz1
1 month ago

I don’t understand a lot of these signings. When we sign players like this I like to dig a little deeper into their athletic testing and film. This guy is a horrible athlete. Bottom level. Film shows it too.

Why sign him? He has no hope to make the roster. There is far better talent out there that could be signed on the defensive line for minimum money.

Barnz1
1 month ago

I don’t understand a lot of these signings. When we sign players like this I like to dig a little deeper into their athletic testing and film. This guy is a horrible athlete. Bottom level. Film shows it too.

Why sign him? He has no hope to make the roster. There is far better talent out there that could be signed on the defensive line for minimum money.