The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Denver strong safety Darian Stewart on Tuesday to aid the team’s secondary, which has been depleted by injuries during training camp. The 5-foot-11, 214-pound Stewart, 31, was signed as an undrafted free agent by St. Louis in 2010 out of South Carolina, and played for the Rams for four seasons before a one-year stint in Baltimore.

Stewart then signed with Denver where he spent four seasons, making the Pro Bowl in 2016 and being a part of the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 championship team. Stewart has racked up 454 tackles, 45 pass breakups, 11 interceptions, six forced fumbles, five sacks and scored one defensive touchdown in his nine years in the league.

Tampa Bay had also worked out veteran Marcus Gilchrist on Monday, but opted for Stewart due to the need for more strong safeties as the team has plenty of healthy free safeties.

The Bucs have already lost two strong safeties to season-ending injuries in Orion Stewart (ACL) and rookie D’Cota Dixon (shoulder), and rookie Mike Edwards, the team’s third-round pick this year, is suffering from a pulled hamstring and won’t play in Friday’s preseason game against Miami. Reserve safety Kentrell Brice is also playing through an ankle injury he suffered last Friday night in the preseason opener at Pittsburgh.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Good vet signing.

    Let them compete and keep the five best safeties. I just wish the Bucs would add more OL competition but I think that will happen later on when teams make their cut downs in a few weeks. I have a feeling the Bucs will be adding an OT or two to finalize the 53 man roster. Just a gut feeling.

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  2. Sounds like a great pickup. More
    Experience in the backfield is as valuable as his production!

    Yes, they definitely need to start finding some solid Oline pickups though.

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  3. Theres no linemen worth signing right now. We need to wait for cut downs. Stewart o the other hand has among shot at making the roster. Even if he doesnt he should be able to step in immediately into camp and allow practice to function.

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  4. This wouldn’t be an issue, if Licht took Derwin James in last year’s draft, instead of fat boy bust always injured Vita Vea.

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  5. Scott, when are we going to focus on our real issue with the DL? I would love to hear the reason why PR thinks all is a go with the DL. Blitzes mean nothing if the DL isn’t creating havoc?

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    • So he got a sack on 2 blitzes and it means nothing?
      Obviously the D Line did something right LMAO

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  6. Year after year, the injuries rack up quick. At some point the team needs to ask how much this has to do with the training staff

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  7. I think BA is counting on Edwards to be back in a couple weeks and Evans according to several articles I’ve read should be ready by SF. I think a Vet Safety like Stewart is an investment in our young DB’s. I hope David and Vea are back by the time we play Carolina week 2. It’s a catch 22 situation If you play hard in training camp you get a lot of injuries. If you don’t you have a lot of injuries by game 3 of the regular season. I’ve always said that over the years with conditioning players today are faster, bigger and stronger than 50 years ago when I played. Unfortunately they are more vulnerable to serious injury, When you get hit by a guy like Vea its like being hit by a VW going 40 mph. We used to play hurt. I never played a game when I didn’t have some kind of injury and never really healed completely until Feb. And yes we wore helmets and they weren’t leather for you younger guys.

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  8. Nice move, also believe we will be grabbing O’Line after cuts.

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  9. I wish Pewter Report or one of the sites would do an examination among the southern teams (Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans) about the injury rates of the respective rosters over the preseason. It seems every year Tampa has a lot of them, but I have no idea if this is more, less, or just the average for the NFL. It seems particularly bad this year – or is it my imagination?

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  10. If they keep signing “Stewart’s” eventually they will find one that can play.😁

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  11. Same old same old with Bucs. Thought maybe the new-strength and conditioning coaches would change the luck a bit…..

    As far as Vea hurt and guys keep bringing up not taking Dewin James give me a break. Stupid. What if James blows out his knee tomorrow. Will see in few years which pick was better crying about it now before either has started 2nd year is dumb. Vea might not even miss a single regular season game this year.

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    • Seriously the Derwin James comment is ignorant agreed!
      A pulled hamstring for Edwards is simply lack of preparation pre-game IMO
      You gotta take stretching seriously.

      I do agree that I was hoping we would see less injuries.
      What really counts though are injuries once we hit our 53.

      If we go the rest of the season without losing more defense or O Line they will get a pass.

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    • @fredster Derwin James has the edge so far. ROY last season.

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  12. Our Bucs are gonna need all the secondary help they can get.Because I see opposing QB’s ordering from Sandwich shops with all that time they are gonna have to wait for routes to develop. Its great we got speed..to chase them down after a 20 yrd gain. I actually see our pass rush as being..worse than last years.

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  13. I love reading the comments with the most “thumbs down” reviews, because you are the only people here who know what they are talking about. Lol…for the rest of you droolers….hope you have good meds. 👍🏼

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