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.

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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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  1. Welcome Qualls! Bowman didn’t show enough apparently.

    It is good the Bucs are doing their due diligence to keep their depth in tip top shape. I like the proactive nature of churning that roster with healthy bodies as the injuries occur.

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  2. The question for me is it time to let Gholston go and find a replacement of same/ better talent and save millions to be used elsewhere? Trevor, what’s your thoughts?

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  3. Nice that they are workin hard to get what they need.

    We need Oline help but the crazy thing is I even heard Ian Beckles saying (like people have been saying lately) that good Olineman are scarce. Even guys like Benenoch are needed because they at least have experience, that there aren’t just droves of good Olineman out there waiting to find a spot. We’ve also heard that Olineman aren’t developing one College properly anymore because of Spread Offense Colleges are running now and Olineman don’t have to protect very long anymore.

    Barring some real failure this year I would have no Qualms with 3 straight Drafts Drafting Olineman, Dlineman, Olineman, Dlineman and on and on Drsft after Draft Haha. I was really hoping we’d pick up a Lineman or two this year but we can see now our Secondary would have been absent without Edwards and Dean and hopefully Bunting. So it’s gotta be Trenches from here on out for a while.

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  4. Time to let Gholston go? Hell no! Not now with all injuries that would be nuts. Next year who knows. This defense fits Gholston better too as he is powerful against run and won’t need to be a pass rusher now with all the blitzing and pass rush specialists. He was always stout against run just no pass rush in 4-3 as DE at all really.

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  5. I too expect to so us go heavy on OL and DL in upcoming drafts for the next couple of years.

    Dotson, to name just one, is nearing the end of his career.

    Thank you Dot! You have done a yeoman job for us!
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  6. Butchered that one!
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    I too expect us to go heavy on OL and DL in upcoming drafts for the next couple of years.

    Dotson, to name just one, is nearing the end of his career.

    Thank you Dot! You have done a yeoman job for us!
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  7. I see once again Our Bucs are..Dumpster Dippin. A modification of the ole Sgt’s saying the Movie, We were Soldiers….If I may.. …..Can’t win no championships like that sonny!

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  8. Dotson May well surprise you. It took many years to convert him from a basketball player to a RT and he rested on the Practice Squad during all that so his legs and body have not taken the beating other RTs have had at his age and most are breaking down at 35 years old. Dotson may be able to play until he is 38 or 39. But by all means sign an understudy for him next year or get a good RG and move Cappa to RT. But the first pick needs to be a LT and you could move D. Smith to play RG because of his guaranteed money.

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  9. Good points, owlykat. I would be very happy to see Dot play at a high level for a long time to come.

    Whatever it may take in the next couple of years to upgrade our OL will be alright with me. Many of the Super Bowl winners have had excellent if not great offensive lines. Not to mention decent depth nearly across the entire team.

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