As of 4 p.m ET the 2015 NFL league year has officially begun and so too has the free agency frenzy. Tampa Bay has yet to sign anyone outside the organization, but there are reports that the team is visiting with Bear’s safety Chris Conte.
In 2014 Conte underwent shoulder surgery before the season, causing him to miss training camp. He also dealt with multiple concussions last year, missing four games entirely while leaving several others. Overall, coming off his best season in 2013 in which he started all 16 games and had five interceptions, his numbers dipped last year, as he recorded 43 tackles, three interceptions and three pass deflections.
This may not be the name Buccaneer fans were hoping for, but the team’s interest in the 6-foot-2, 203-pound pro makes sense. Conte, 26, was originally drafted by Lovie Smith in 2011 where he spent his first two seasons playing for the Bucs head coach in Chicago. So while he might not be the most athletically gifted safety, he has experience in the Tampa 2 defense and could come as good value for the Bucs. Conte made $1.5 million last season and will likely command a similar amount in 2015.
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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Its hard to be a Bucs Fan
Really hard in 1985 when you chose that path JonnyG.
Amen ! He must have a soft head if he wants to come here.
I dont want a player with these types of concussion issues
Aw, come on guys, we’ve had players with no brains before! lol.
This guy is a ball hawk and the new rules may save him from future concussions – the new rules stopped Goldson from tackling at all!
Enjoyed your comment mac. At this stage of the game any help has to be an improvement.
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