Bucs Sign Defensive Tackle Amobi OkoyeApril 7th, 2012
Uncertain whether Gerald McCoy can play a full season, whether Brian Price can recover from a painful, awful hip procedure, and if Roy Miller can ever become an solid player, Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik apparently believed defensive tackle is a weakness on the team.
Thus, Dominik has signed Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, so reports NFL analyst Adam Caplan.
@caplannfl: The #Buccaneers and DT Amobi Okoye agreed to a one-year, two mill deal, his agents Darin Morgan and Ian Greengross confirmed. … $700k of Okoye’s deal is guaranteed. He’ll give them an inside pass rusher in nickel situations. … If all are healthy (big if), the #Buccaneers could wind up having the best DT rotation in the NFL this season.
Yes, if all four defensive tackles are healthy — a major if — depth should be of no concern at tackle.
It also may be why Dominik hasn’t fallen over himself to get an inside linebacker.
Entering his sixth NFL season, Okoye turns just 25 in June and was a former first round pick of the Texans. Last season, he started one game for the Bears, played in every game for Chicago, and recorded four sacks. Per NationalFootballPost.com, Okoye was second on the Bears in playing time for interior linemen and was on the field for 55 percent of defensive snaps.
What a great signing for the good guys. Joe has to wonder if Dominik found a way to get a positive assessment of Okoye from Rod Marinelli, the iconic former Bucs coach now the Bears defensive coordinator.
Okoye is no Pro Bowler, but the Bucs were desperate for quality depth along the interior D-line. Price and McCoy have been hurt more than they’ve been healthy, and Miller and Frank Okam have a lot to prove.
Joe will sleep a little easier tonight, though Joe’s recurring linebacker nightmare is likely to surface.