Though he was new on Tampa Bay fans’ free agency radar as of the last few days, the Tampa bay Buccaneers didn’t waste much time in acquiring their new defensive tackle from the Washington Redskins, Chris Baker.

The 320-pound Baker – whose nickname is “Swaggy” – recorded 100 tackles, 9.5 sacks and five forced fumbles over the last two years that he was with the Redskins. After going undrafted in 2009, Baker signed with the Denver Broncos, but only for one season. After that, he played one season in the CFL before signing with the Dolphins in 2010. He signed with Washington the year after in 2011 and has been in D.C. ever since.

His contract with Tampa Bay is for three years worth $6million per year.

HEAD COACH DIRK KOETTER ON SIGNING CHRIS BAKER

“Chris has excellent size and what really jumps out at you is his ability to flash dominance at times during games and his explosive quickness. His versatility will make him a great complementary player alongside Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald on our interior defensive line.”

Baker, who is currently 29 years old, has never made a Pro Bowl, but has been a consistent starter for Washington as both a defensive end and nose tackle in their 3-4 system since 2014. He will be a strong rotational player for both Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald as an interior defensive lineman for Mike Smith’s 4-3 scheme.

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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cgmaster27

Absolutely love this signing. It fills a need of someone next to Mccoy who can not only block the run, but rush the passer. Our D-line is starting to shape up a bit here. And 6 million per isn’t that bad at all. Strange seeing p[layers actually want to come and be part of something building. Very solid free agency so far for our Bucs. Draft is getting a little more flexible with some good signings.

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macabee

Welcome Swaggy! Deckerhoff is gonna have fun with this one. lol.

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Naplesfan

Good depth, and he’s versatile having played both NT and DE. Will help to keep both Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald fresh all through to the playoffs!

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makski

Welcome SWAGGY !!! I love this signing, and I think he actually has the chance to start next to McCoy. We might be better off with Swaggy and McCoy starting and McDonald coming in to give them a breather. I think this really strengthens our D-line and helps our pass rush and run-stop abilities.

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Horse

I like this signing over Akeem Spence. This is an improvement; Defense just got better? Now to draft a CB who will learn from Brent Grimes. Go Bucs!

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Dude

I was looking at Chris’ Wikipedia page a little bit ago, before I knew the Bucs signed him, and said he was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I was like, huh? I like this signing, as surprising as it was. The Bucs definitely filled a need, and just got a little better.

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e

Love this signing. #2 filled, DT depth… I’m wondering if the Bucs will address Daryl Smith’s impending departure in FA? What’s the weak spots on the team after today’s flurry of swaggy signings?

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Horse

Just a fan guess; CB, TE, Safety, WR, DE, LB, RB.

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chetthevette

I did not know about him before a few days ago. Seems like the kind of guy we need. Lunch pail and blue collar dude. Swaggy.
Cool nick name too. I hope McCoy is smiling, with McDonald and Baker this should be a good DL.
GO BUCS

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fredster

Good signing needed more depth after they sent Spence packing. Lol.

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scubog

Didn’t know much about this guy. Must be a late bloomer. I like getting some size clogging the middle.

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