2013 NFL Free Agency: Buccaneers sign DT Derek Landri

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed defensive tackle Derek Landri to a two-year, $3.5 million deal according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Landri spent the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles after entering the league as a fifth-round pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007. He's racked up eight sacks in his career.

Pro Football Focus named him a secret superstar before the 2012 season, highlighting his disruptive play with a low workload. Landri took over as a starter for the Eagles last season, but it didn't take long for him to get benched. Ultimately he played just under half of the team's snaps with 572 plays on defense, although he also had a healthy special teams presence, appearing in 20% of all special teams plays.

Supposedly Landri was somewhat effective as a pass rusher still, but it's not clear where he would fit with the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has Gerald McCoy as a high-level starter at three-technique, and a hole at nose tackle after Roy Miller left in free agency. It would make sense for Landri to fill that hole, and yet his profile suggests he'd be better suited as a three-technique tackle, where he would be a backup. Perhaps he's simply a versatile defensive lineman who can play both spots to decent effect.

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