Back on April 17th, the Buccaneers announced that CB Jude Adjei-Barimah, TE Cameron Brate, LB Adarius Glanton and WRs Adam Humphries and Freddie Martino signed their exclusive rights contracts, and QB Ryan Griffin signed his restricted free agent contract.
But one name was missing from that list that should have been on there: defensive end Jacquies Smith.
Previously Smith had been approached by the San Francisco 49ers about signing with them instead of signing his RFA tender with the Bucs, but that would have cost the 49ers more money and would have given the Buccaneers a draft pick.
Since then, it’s been quite on both fronts. But, in some breaking news, PewterReport.com has confirmed that Smith has indeed now signed his tender and will be with the Buccaneers this season.
In his two healthy seasons with the Bucs, Smith recorded 6.5 and 7 sacks, respectively, in 2014 and 2015. He missed almost the entire 2016 season due to a torn ACL, but should be ready to go by training camp along side Noah Spence.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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Glad he is back. If he is healthy we are in good shape at DE.
Jacquies should benefit from new lineup on the defensive front. I wouldn’t be surprised if he cracked double digits this year and then look out for that big contract!
I figure SF was just kicking the tires. They are going no where this year. Next year, they will probably sign Kurt Cousin and try and make a run. They now know Smith’s interest and about how much he will cost next year.
J Smith can really help the pass rush if his knees hold up.
Wouldn’t it be great if J.Smith, Sweezy, and Martin could return Healthy for the full 2017 season. (considering Martin will be out for 3 games)
Smith is good for 8-10 sacks easy if he can stay healthy all 16 games. D line has more talent now. Love to see him and Spence on the ends in passing downs.
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