The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed restricted free agent defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim on Monday, effectively boosting their depth in the pass-rush department.
Te’o-Nesheim was tendered at the original-round level by the Buccaneers earlier this offseason, and has now signed his tender, which will pay him $1.323 million to play in 2013.
With DaQuan Bowers yet to unlock his full potential, Michael Bennett lost to free agency, and Adrian Clayborn coming off of an ACL tear, the Buccaneers are going to need all of the help they can get along the defensive line this year as they attempt to fix their league-worst pass defense. While Te’o-Nesheim is far from an impact player, his presence should provide some insurance at defensive end.
Last season, Te’o-Nesheim was forced into the starting lineup following Clayborn’s knee injury, but managed to hold his own. In 16 games (14 starts), the soon-to-be 26-year-old managed 40 total tackles and four sacks.
Throughout his three-year NFL career, Te’o-Nesheim has racked up 43 total tackles and five sacks. He spent his first year in the league with the Philadelphia Eagles after being drafted in the third round out of Washington, but was waived during final cuts the following season. He re-signed to the Eagles’ practice squad, but was signed away by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the middle of the 2011 season.
Assuming Clayborn comes back healthy this season, Te’o-Nesheim will serve in a backup role as part of the Buccaneers’ defensive end rotation. That’s a role that he’s best fit for, but should still see considerable time after a strong showing last season.