The Buccaneers lost their second defensive line starter line starter this week, when DT Roy Miller signed a free agent contract with the Jaguars. Miller joins DE Michael Bennett as key components of the league's No. 1 run defense that have bolted in free agency.
And the hits keep on coming.
Best known as attributed to disc jockey Casey Kasem, the phrase may now be better suited for Bucs fans, as another starter from the defensive line has moved on.
Roy Miller signed a two-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday afternoon, leaving the Buccaneers needing to replace two valuable components from their defensive line that led the NFL in run defense in 2012. Left defensive end Michael Bennett signed a one-year, $5 miilion contract with Seattle on Thursday. Tampa Bay surrendered just 82.5 yards per game last season.
Miller, a 2009 third round pick out of Texas, has played in 62 games over his four-year career, collecting 140 tackles and four sacks.
Primarily a two-down run stuffer, the tenacious former Longhorn played through much pain over his four seasons, including a herniated disc in his back in 2011. Miller suffered a head injury in 2012, missing one game.
As of now Gary Gibson would move into the starting role, but the obvious need for depth will mean the Tampa Bay will need to address the position in free agency or the upcoming NFL Draft in April.
Miller told PewterReport.com back in November that his desire was to return to Tampa Bay, saying he wanted another year in the system feeling things would drastically improve in year two of defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan’s system.
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