Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly interested in free agents Derek Landri and Amobi Okoye
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not be done with free agency after all. Reports are the team has reached out to former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Derek Landri. Okoye is expected to have other teams chasing his services, so the Bucs will have competition. If they miss, Landri could be brought in to add depth to a unit which has struggled to stay healthy the last two seasons.
Amobi Okoye offers the most upside for the Bucs, while Landri offers a proven veteran who is capable of performing well in spot duty. At just 24 years old, Okoye is the same age as Gerald McCoy but has five seasons under his belt. The Louisville product was drafted at just 19 years old, taken by the Houston Texans tenth overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He was the youngest player in Senior Bowl history and could have attended Harvard if he chose. After a stellar start to his career with 5.5 sacks in his rookie season, Okoye tapered off, registering just just 5.5 sacks in his next three seasons. Serving as a rotational option for the Bears last year, Okoye resurrected his career by racking up 4 sacks despite only one game started. Okoye would give the Bucs the rare combination of youth and experience while offering a serious challenge to Brian Price and Roy Miller.
Derek Landri was also drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft, selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 5th round. Landri has been a career backup, starting a full season just once in his six seasons. Though he has only 8 sacks during his tenure, he is considered a trusted rotational player at the position. Landri was initially cut by the Eagles last season, but re-signed after injuries made room for him in October of last year. Landri would only offer the Buccaneers a warm body at the position, forcing the Bucs to take a look at drafting a tackle late in the upcoming draft.
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