Not many plays had a bumpier road to the NFL than Danny Lansanah. From the Packers as an undrafted rookie in 2008, to playing for the Las Vegas Locomotives for two seasons before returning to the NFL with the Jets and Bucs in 2013, Lansanah is used to U-Haul trucks and changing addresses.
Bucs LB Danny Lansanah – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
On Wednesday the Tampa Bay Times’ Greg Auman reported Lansanah most likely will be packing up once again, as the Buccaneers have decided against tendering the restricted free agent.
Lansanah had a very good 2014 season after taking over for an injured Jonathan Casillas. Lansanah notched 81 tackles, 1.5 sacks and added three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. Unfortunately he was unable to duplicate the magic of the 2014 season, and finished last year with just 55 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and no interceptions.
While it appears his time in Tampa Bay is done, Lansanah could be re-signed by the Bucs if he doesn’t receive and offers on the open market as a now unrestricted free agent.
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Guess we would rather pay a LB $4 million to play after he couldn’t crack the starting lineup last year.
drdn, are you trying to say Lansanah better than B. Carter?
He lost a step and I wish him the best.
For what it’s worth, the Bucs coaching staff apparently didn’t think so last year.
I hope we resign Lansanah. I thought Last season he was solid. I don’t recall seeing him make many mistakes. Increased production from Alexander at middle linebacker likely played a role in Lansanah’s tackling numbers being less.
This kid was on special teams to …correct?? He is a good tackler and ran well.
Lansanah peaked in 2014 and it’s time for a younger guy who can fill his spot. lets try to keep positions younger when possible.
I have little confidence in this decision. The Bucs could have signed Lansanah and cut him at any point in the next six or seven months without having to pay him much of anything at all. Instead we’re crossing our fingers and assuming that a better linebacker will turn up on our doorstep. Very much like assuming that a running back as good as the best running back in the league will just turn up after the whirlwind of free agency is over. WTF?
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