October 23, 2011; London, ENGLAND; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman tries to escape Chicago Bears defensive end Amobi Okoye (91) during the third quarter in the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye will add depth for Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye will try to bring depth to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line after signing a one-year deal yesterday to join the team.

Okoye was a first round draft pick in 2007 for the Houston Texans and became an immediate starter with a huge impact.  His first year he registered 32 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble.

His next two seasons were average, but he regained some steam in the 2010-2011 season with 44 tackles and three sacks.  Although he came back to form, new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips decided Okoye didn’t fit his system and he was released.

Okoye signed with the Chicago Bears in 2011 and had another good season with 27 tackles and four sacks.  He became a free agent when the season ended and the Buccaneers pursued him with genuine interest.

The Buccaneers are getting a low risk venture by signing Okoye since it’s only a one-year deal and he’s proven he can be valuable against the run and also get pressure on the quarterback  as well.

The Buccaneers are looking to rebuild this season and Okoye can really help them along the defensive line which didn’t seem to bolster any type of threat last year.

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