The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added competition and depth to their linebacker corps by signing free agent LB Jamie Winborn on Monday.

Winborn, 26, originally entered the NFL in 2001 as a second-round pick with San Francisco. He spent the first four years of his career with the 49ers before being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in October of 2005.

Last season, Winborn played in five games with the Jaguars before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury. He recorded 15 tackles and two special teams tackles.

The 5-foot-11, 242-pound outside linebacker has notched 192 career tackles, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions and 17 special teams takedowns since entering the league out of Vanderbilt. He has played in 49 career games and has logged 19 starts.

Winborn’s signing came on the same day the Bucs lost their bid for Denver free agent LB Patrick Chukwurah, who opted to re-sign with the Broncos instead of inking the deal offered to him by Tampa Bay.

The Bucs are counting on Winborn to compete with Ryan Nece for the starting strongside linebacker job. The team also would like Winborn to make an immediate impact on special teams, where he has thrived throughout his five-year career.


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