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Buccaneers bring back CB Ross Cockrell

Tampa Bay liked what he brought to the secondary.

NFL: OCT 18 Packers at Buccaneers Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today re-signed cornerback Ross Cockrell. As per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Cockrell (6-0, 191) was signed to the Buccaneers practice squad in Week 3 of the 2020 season before being promoted to the active roster on Oct. 13. He appeared in 12 regular season games for Tampa Bay last season, making two starts, tallying 11 tackles (one for loss), one quarterback hit and one pass defensed. Cockrell played in all four playoff games on the Buccaneers’ run to a Super Bowl LV victory, notching one tackle and one pass defensed.

He spent the 2019 NFL season with the Carolina Panthers, starting in 11-of-14 appearances and recording 62 tackles, eight passes defensed and two interceptions. Since entering the league as a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, Cockrell has spent time with the Bills (2014), Pittsburgh Steelers (2015-16), New York Giants (2017) and Carolina Panthers (2018-19).

Cockrell has played in 80 career regular season games, making 45 starts, notching 228 tackles, 45 passes defensed, seven interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He has played in nine career postseason games between Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, recording 19 tackles (one for loss), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. The Duke University product is a native of Hazlet, New Jersey.

(Courtesy of the Buccaneers Communications Department.)