With defensive tackle Vita Vea out with a knee injury and now Jeremiah Ledbetter sidelined, as well, the Bucs have dipped into the current free agency pool and signed defensive lineman Elijah Qualls.
Qualls was a sixth round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was a member of their Super Bowl team. Following that season, he spent time on the practice squads for the Carolina Panthers and the Baltimore Ravens.
Qualls played his college ball at Washington with Vea, where he recorded 7.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss in two seasons as a starter.
To make room for Qualls, the Bucs have waived defensive lineman Shane Bowman.