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In addition to the expected signing of defensive end Tavaris Barnes, the Buccaneers are also planning to sign former Georgia defensive end, Sterling Bailey, per source.

After going undrafted in 2016, Bailey (6-foot-3, 295 pounds) signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He was one of the last cuts the team made before the regular season, and was signed to the team’s practice squad the day after being cut. Following his release by the Colts, Bailey saw time on the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad and the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad in 2016.

The signings of Barnes and Bailey were part of a multi-player tryout, and add depth to the back end of the defensive line.


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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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4 years ago

another numbers guy

4 years ago

After signing two defensive ends it makes you wonder how serious George Johnson’s injury is.

4 years ago

This is the time of year to take a look at as many players as you can. Build a data base for Practice squad players, hidden gems, those few who may be potential starters in a few years.

4 years ago

Robert Ayers, Jacquies Smith and Noah Spence are all recovering from old injuries and aren’t expected back until training camp. These may be camp depth, but you never know if a guy shows up and surprises. DEFENSIVE ENDS – 7 (current roster) 91 Ayers, Robert DE 6-3 275 31 8 Tennessee 92 Gholston, William DE 6-6 281 25 4 Michigan State 94 Johnson, George DE 6-4 265 29 5 Rutgers 95 Russell, Ryan DE 6-5 275 25 2 Purdue 56 Smith, Jacquies DE 6-2 260 26 3 Missouri 57 Spence, Noah DE 6-2 251 23 1 Eastern Kentucky 71 Ward,… Read more »

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4 years ago

Hey macabee, you were close. It doesn’t sound like bail bondsmen. . . It sounds like a Circus, well, if you switch them to Barnes and Bailey. Haha, no pun intended. Not saying the Bucs or their scouting dept is like a circus, I actually think they are doing a great job!!! Also, I have no problem giving these 2 guys a chance to beat out Ward, Russell or Johnson. May the best DE win !!

4 years ago

Camp bodies and fodder.

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