DETROIT MI - NOVEMBER 26: Middle linebacker Tahir Whitehead #59 of the Detroit Lions reacts to a missed field goal by the Philadelphia Eagles on November 26, 2015 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
UPDATED: Despite visiting Tampa Bay on Thursday, Detroit Tahir Whitehead re-signed with the Lions later in the afternoon.
With Tampa Bay cutting linebacker Bruce Carter, and not tendering restricted free agent Danny Lansanah, finding a starter to play along side Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander is something new defensive coordinator Mike Smith is probably casually reminding Jason Licht about daily.
Tampa Bay will begin that search on Thursday as Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported that Whitehead is due in Tampa Bay to visit with the Buccaneers.
Last week PewterReport.com profiled Whitehead in our defensive free agency preview and wrote, “Extremely athletic and in his prime, Whitehead seems like a good fit for the Buccaneers. The former Temple star was a fifth-round draft pick and didn’t garner a lot of attention until he was inserted in the starting lineup for the Lions after their dismal 1-7 start. Detroit rallied to a 6-2 finish and Whitehead was a bit part of the turnaround on the defensive side of the ball. With Carter and Lansanah no longer in the Bucs plans, Tampa Bay will need to find a starter at Sam. And at the very least, look for some depth moving forward.”
Whitehead started eight games for Detroit in 2015, notching 50 tackles, six pass breakups, two sacks and one interception. For his career Whitehead has started 23 games with 117 tackles, three interceptions, two sacks and two forced fumbles.
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I think Tampa will go after Free Agents who can fill in, and contribute for the bucs in 2016.
Now this guy sounds interesting and who wouldn’t want to get out of Detroit.
Roger Smith ruined Flint and Detroit when he closed down the factories and moved them to Mexico and they haven’t been the same since.
Nothing like lining your pockets with silver at the expense of hard working American’s.
Just a minor editing issue: Whitehead’s first name isn’t mentioned even once in this article. I knew who you were talking about, as most probably did, but I generally you think you should tell readers the full name of who you’re talking about in a piece. Say there’s a 50 year old Bucs fan who isn’t great with Google and who doesn’t follow the whole NFL closely, literally all he probably knows about this guy is that his name is Whitehead and he played for the Lions.
Just food for thought.
Toofamiliar17: I know how to use Google. His first name is Tahir. But thanks for sticking up for us old folks!
Signed, Warren, age 69. lol
Hey Too. His name is under the picture, so in fact, it does appear in the article! FYI. Peace.
…also in the 2nd paragraph after the Detroit Free Press mention.
That’s what I had hoped to hear w/ Carter& Lansanah gone
At almost 70,I google very well.
Another swing and a miss. Pattern starting to develop here. Patience!
some off the wall creative draft ideas . . .
1) Reggie Raglands. Stick him in the middle, allow our speedier linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander to cover the Te’s and Hb’s.
2) This I got from someone else; but, I forget who first said this. It starts with wondering if Marpet can play Center. If so, possibly trade up for Vadal Alexander.
. . . and oh yes, get Derek Watt at Fb!
Flashgordon, quit trying to reinvent the wheel. It works just fine.
Go play GM in Cleveland. They need one.
Why oh why can we not sign a player on the defensive side. They are all coming in for a visit and leaving. We had better figure out a way to keep them here. Need someone different to talk to them or something. Smith must not be impressing anybody yet with his defense. I would have loved to have gotten Ayers and Whithead, would plug some holes and make our drafting much more best player available. They better do something quick.
What is the deal here. I can somewhat understand Johnson but who the hell wants to live in Detroit.
We must be offering them the same money they are getting from their own teams.
Something isn’t right here.
Ayers hasn’t signed with anyone but I think he was replaced in New York so he can’t go back there at least.
Whitehead resigned at Detroit for 2yrs/8mil. 4mil a year. we were paying Carter 4.5mil/yr. I don’t know what is happening. Bucs used to have framework of the deal worked out before the visit. Once you got to OBP, you rarely ever left. If they sent the plane for you, it was a done deal. We seem to trying to sell Tampa and the facility to get players to sign. Not working – players want to be paid – a lot!!
That’s the problem Mac most of these players are average and are getting massive contracts. This one in particular I don’t understand though as it wasn’t like the guy got a big contract. We need linebacker help desperately.No way this guy should’ve gotten out of Tampa.
The must be offering these guys chump change if they are leaving..especially going back to Detroit????? Really?????
Personally, I believe they should have kept Carter. Alexander is one failed drug test from being banned for year and believe that includes alcohol (Torrie Cox). He could play all three LB positions.
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