Jenna LineESPN staff writerRead for 1 minute
TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not yet tackled their defensive line with five unsigned free agents and on Saturday matched former Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Greg Gaines to a one-year contract, a source told ESPN.
It’s a movement that animates youth along an aging defensive front that has spent the past two seasons vowing to get younger and faster under head coach Todd Bowles and already lost a member during this free broadcast period in Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who signed with the New York Giants.
In 59 regular season games over the past four years, Gaines recorded, 26, 25 starts with 10.5 sacks – 8.5 over the past two seasons – 11 tackles for loss, 24 quarterback hits and a fumble to recover . He recorded three tackles in Super Bowl LVI.
The 2019 fourth round draft pick joins former Washington teammates and Bucs first round draft picks Vita Vea (defensive tackle) and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka (outer linebacker).
In addition to Gaines, the Bucs also re-sign outside linebacker Cam Gill and defensive lineman Pat O’Connor to one-year deals. 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, recording six tackles.