TAMPA, Fla. — For some-more than a decade, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers have intent in a everlasting hunt for a energetic corner pass rusher.
Robert Ayers, Jr. is a latest candidate, similar to a three-year, $21 million agreement in giveaway group after posting a career-best 9 1-2 sacks with a New York Giants final season.
“Robert is a versatile pass rusher who can play a accumulation of positions along a defensive line and has been successful both from a interior as good as a edge,” Bucs ubiquitous manager Jason Licht pronounced Friday.
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“He has posted 20 sacks over a past 3 years, is entrance off a best deteriorate of his career, and is an ideal fit for a 4-3 defensive system,” Licht added. “Experienced pass rushers who can yield unchanging vigour and interrupt an opponent’s flitting diversion are vicious to a defensive success, and Robert will do all those things, along with providing maestro leadership.”
The Bucs didn’t settle for usually bolstering an unsuitable rush. They also sealed four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes to a two-year, $13.5 million contract.
The moves addressed a need to urge each turn of a invulnerability that authorised hostile quarterbacks to finish 70 percent of their passes and chuck for 31 touchdowns final season.
Grimes spent a past 3 seasons with a Miami Dolphins. In 9 NFL seasons, he has 26 interceptions, dual forced fumbles and one fail recovery.
“Brent is a kind of playmaking defensive behind that will make an evident impact in a secondary. … His laxity with a defensive system, total with his assertive character of play, creates him an ideal fit for us.”
The 32-year-old Grimes played his initial 6 years in Atlanta, where stream Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith was conduct manager many of that time.
“I am really vehement to be means to continue my career personification in a defensive complement and for a defensive coordinator that we am really informed with,” Grimes said.
“Tampa Bay has a good core of players on both sides of a ball,” a cornerback added, “and we am looking brazen to doing what we can to assistance reinstate a Buccaneers invulnerability as one of a best in a league.”
Ayers had a career-best 9 1-2 sacks with a Giants in 2015. The Bucs have not had a actor finish with during slightest 10 sacks in a deteriorate given Simeon Rice in 2005.
The group has unsuccessful to fill a blank in a breeze and dual years ago sealed Michael Johnson to a five-year, 43.75 million agreement in giveaway agency, usually to recover him after one unsatisfactory season.
Earlier this week, a Bucs helped Dirk Koetter’s offense by re-signing All-Pro using behind Doug Martin and adding former Seattle Seahawks ensure J.R. Sweezy.