The Buccaneers have sent linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the New England Patriots according to Ian Rapoport. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Casillas was signed as a free agent from the New Orleans Saints to a one-year deal in 2013, and then re-signed this past offseason to another one-year deal. Casillas entered the season as the Bucs starter at strongside linebacker, but was hampered with injuries, which led to Danny Lansanah taking over the position in Week 4 at Pittsburgh.
Casillas was suspended one game by the team during the preseason for an undisclosed team rule violation.
During a season and a half spent in Tampa, Casillas played in 17 games, starting seven. He totaled 28 tackles, one forced fumble and no interceptions.
This is the second trade the Buccaneers and the Patriots this season, earlier this year the Bucs send tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round draft pick to the Patriots for guard Logan Mankins.
Currently the Buccaneers have Lavonte David, Dane Fletcher, Mason Foster, Danny Lansanah, Orie Lemon and Brandon Magee as roster linebackers.
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