For the second time this week the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost a member of their starting defense from the 2008 season.
On Wednesday, Bucs cornerback Phillip Buchanon signed a two-year contract worth $8.5 million, according to Rotoworld.com.
Buchanon, 28, originally joined the Bucs during the 2006 season. He recorded seven interceptions and scored one touchdown in 33 starts with Tampa Bay.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Buchanon originally entered the NFL in 2002 as a first-round draft pick with the Oakland Raiders. He has since started 33 games.
Earlier this week, former Bucs starting defensive tackle Jovan Haye signed with the Tennessee Titans.
With Buchanon and CB Jabari Greer, who visited Tampa Bay on Monday, off the market having signed with Detroit and New Orleans, respectively, the Bucs will continue to talk to the agents for free agent cornerbacks Jamar Fletcher (Cincinnati) and Corey Ivy (Baltimore), among others.
In other news, former Bucs wide receiver Joey Galloway, who was released two days prior to the start of free agency, visited the New England Patriots on Wednesday, according to the Boston Globe.