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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Minnesota Vikings free agent defensive tackle Chris Hovan to a one-year contract on Thursday, PewterReport.com has learned.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t immediately available.

The 6-foot-2, 296-pound Hovan has recorded 138 tackles and 17 sacks since entering the league out of Boston College as a first-round draft pick in 2000.

Other teams, including the New York Giants, were interested in signing Hovan, who many believed underachieved during his five-year tenure in Minnesota, but he opted to ink a deal with Tampa Bay, where he’ll have a chance to compete with Ellis Wyms for the starting nose tackle spot, which was left vacant last week when Chartric Darby signed with Seattle.

Hovan could also be given the opportunity to compete with Anthony “Booger” McFarland for the starting under tackle spot.

The chance to work with Bucs assistant head coach/defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and an opportunity to help improve the league’s 19th-ranked run defense were also considered big selling points for Hovan, who joins McFarland and defensive end Simeon Rice as former first-round draft picks on Tampa Bay’s defensive line.

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