DT Greg Gaines Signing With Buccaneers

MARCH 23: Gaines agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $3.5MM, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com tweets. The veteran defensive tackle’s contract can max out at $4MM.

MARCH 18: The Buccaneers have found a player that they can attempt to use to replace the lost production of Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who signed with the Giants earlier this week. According to Tom Pelissero, Tampa Bay has agreed to terms with former Rams defensive tackle Greg Gaines.

A former 2019 fourth-round pick out of Washington, Gaines spent his first two years in Los Angeles as a reserve behind Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, and Sebastian Joseph-Day. When Brockers was traded to the Lions, that opened the door for Gaines to step up.

Gaines spent the next two years as a starter next to Donald. Gaines was impressive in increased time. Over his two years as a starter, Gaines totaled 8.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, and 19 quarterback hits.

In addition to Nunez-Roches, the Buccaneers are set to lose Deadrin Senat this offseason, as well. They return Vita Vea and Logan Hall as their top options on the interior defensive line. Adding Gaines provides them with a new starter next to Vea, allowing Hall, last year’s second-round pick, to continue to develop as a rotation piece.

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