NFL Free Agency 2013: Buccaneers sign Jonathan Casillas

Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed linebacker Jonathan Casillas on a one-year, $3 million contract. The linebacker has spent the past four seasons with the New Orleans Saints, appearing in 38 games, and recording 55 tackles and three sacks. Casillas will presumably compete for a starting job at strongside linebacker, where incumbent Quincy Black is expected to be released due to injury issues.

Casillas is not a special linebacker in any sense of the word, but he's a quality special teams player and a decent starter. One interesting aspect is that he's a pretty good blitzer, which must appeal to the Bucs who had trouble getting to the quarterback on blitzes last season. Hopefully Casillas can add something in that area.

Casillas is the team's second signing this offseason after Dashon Goldson, but the Buccaneers are still expected to sign at least one cornerback -- whether through free agency, or trade.

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