Just days before Tampa Bay’s playoff game at Washington on Saturday night, the Buccaneers activated outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Barrett missed the season finale against Atlanta on Sunday as a result of being on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, but didn’t test positive.
Tampa Bay also signed linebacker Deone Bucannon to the team’s practice squad and released guard Nick Leverett from the practice squad.
Bucannon (6-1, 211) is back with the Bucs after signing with the team last year. He has played in 84 career games, making 57 starts, playing both linebacker and safety over his career. Bucannon has recorded 420 career tackles (28 for loss), 15 quarterback hits, 12 passes defensed, seven sacks, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
He entered the league as a first-round pick (No. 27 overall) by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Washington State. Bucannon played five seasons in Arizona (2014-18) before splitting the 2019 season between the Buccaneers and New York Giants.
With Devin White out for Sunday’s wild card playoff game due to COVID-19, Bucannon has been signed for veteran depth.