Bucs agree to one-year deal with ex-Rams TD Greg Gaines, source says

Jenna LaineESPN Writer1 minute read

TAMPA, Fla. — Having yet to address their defensive line with five unsigned free agents, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with former Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Greg Gaines on a one-year contract Saturday. , a source told ESPN.

It’s a move that infuses youth into an aging defensive front that has pledged to get younger and faster over the past two seasons under head coach Todd Bowles and has already lost a limb this free agency period to Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who signed with the New York Giants.

In 59 regular season games over the past four years, Gaines, 26, has 25 starts with 10.5 sacks — 8.5 over the past two seasons — 11 tackles for loss, 24 quarterback hits and a escape recovered. He recorded three tackles in Super Bowl LVI.

The 2019 fourth-round pick joins former Washington teammates and Bucs first-round picks Vita Vea (defensive tackle) and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka (outside linebacker).

In addition to Gaines, the Bucs are also re-signing outside linebacker Cam Gill and defensive lineman Pat O’Connor to one-year contracts. Gill has been with the club since 2020 and recorded a half sack in Super Bowl LV but missed last season with a Lisfranc injury. O’Connor played in all 17 games for the Bucs last season and recorded six tackles.

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