Bucs Have A New Linebacker

March 17th, 2016
Signed with Bucs.

Signed with Bucs.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht apparently has no interest in the NCAA basketball tournament. Because he continues to work.

This evening, the Bucs and linebacker Daryl Smith, in town to interview with the Bucs, came to an agreement and the former Crows linebacker put ink to paper and became a Buccaneer tonight.

Smith has a history with Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith back in their Jacksonville days. The 34-year old was the No. 39 overall pick of the 2004 draft. He had [correction: Smith had 71 tackles last year].

Joe assumes Daryl Smith will be in line to take the opening left by the departure (?) of Danny Lansanah.

53 Responses to “Bucs Have A New Linebacker”

  1. WalkdaPlank Says:

    So much for being “youngry”. Lol

  2. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Solid signing. We should still pick up Lansanah

  3. Lord Says:

    Oh man another old ex falcon that is only here because of Mike Smiths rigid unflexible scheme. This season just got flushed down the toilet because of all these old farts.

    End sarcasm.

    Regardless these types of comments are coming. Solid signing assuming we spent little.

  4. CalBucsFan Says:

    Love the move, a well respected, top notch veteran LB to mentor David & Alexander.

    Keep it up Licht and I might have to move back to Tampa and pick up some season tickets!

  5. DallasBuc Says:

    A bit of a geriatric to be filling in at a starting position but hopefully with incompetent Lovie Smith in the wind there will be real competition for the free agent signings instead of starting position gift baskets for taking fistfuls of Glazer cash.

  6. Bucfan951 Says:

    44 tackles last year? Is that accurate?

  7. Pawel Says:

    Leta hope these old farts don’t break a bone.

  8. Larry Says:

    121 tackles last season. 72 solo.

    Didnt play for Falcons. Played for Smith in Jacksonville.

  9. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Over 1000 tackles,30+ sacks,10+ints,a gang of forced fumbles and fumbles recovered. I’ll take that type of production from a cagey vet for a year.

  10. Stanglassman Says:

    Daryl S. 2015 – 72 tackles 49 asst 121 combined 3 sacks 3 Pass Def 1 Int

  11. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:


  12. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Where does joe get his stats from?

  13. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    2014 15 and 16 drafts will be our youth movement nucleus. Gotta have some quality vets to show them the ropes on the playing/practice field and classroom. I like it,the man said this team will be modeled after the pats. And that’s exactly what he’s doing.

  14. gotbbucs Says:

    For anybody that’s about to bitch that this is a bad signing or that we should have signed someone better…..Sam LB is a part time player. This also doesn’t prevent us from drafting a LB or tweener in this draft and bring him along slowly.

    I would guess he plays on 1st and 2nd downs and then he’s replaced by a nickel db or a rush end.

  15. Trubucfan22 Says:

    He can be an excellent rotational guy. He will be the guy to come off on third downs and in passing situations. I’d like to see him play inbetween Kwon and LVD.

  16. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Tell’em again in case they didn’t hear you the first time gotbucs. How old is the cats Thomas Davis anyone??? I know he’s no where near 25 right now.

  17. Stanglassman Says:

    I think Joe was referring to 2004 the year he was drafted he played 15 games and had a combined 44 tackles.

    The sentence should have read: Drafted in 2004 …. . He had 44 tackles in 15 games that year. “

  18. Rrsrq Says:

    Dang, we old, but I like this for transitioning in some younger players, i. e., draft a LB, I wonder is Roddy next, but I also understand that signing all these free agents you miss out on compensatory picks, meaning guys you can draft and not depend on the UDFA pool. Shoulda went after Sean Spence before he got signed away

  19. Stanglassman Says:

    Thomas Davis (one of my favorite players in the NFL even know I dislike the Panthers) will be 33 next week.

  20. JAB83 Says:

    Didn’t y’all get the memo from Joe…. This signing don’t matter we are not gonna win anything this year anyways…. The only thing this does is risk us winning meaningless games!!!!

    You will need at least an 8th grade education to understand this but most of you won’t because Joe knows his readers like “Mikes John” are stupid….

    Side note, Joe is consulting with his insider source and she says she is happy with this signing because he is a Grimie player and allows the team to focus on drafting some guys to finish off the master/center piece of this team… AKA the offence….

    Hey Joe, I want an apology for your insulting limp prick Tom Jones knock off article about MG8…. It was or you are (haven’t decided yet) sofa king we taught it….

    Or double down and talk about how dumb it was to sign Miko Grimes and those other guys including this guy who CLEARLY only makes us less of a contender….

  21. BucGator Says:


    We are not really old. We have a strong core of young talent Winston, Evans, ASJ, Kwon, Marpet, Smith plus Martin, VJax, McCoy and Davis. That gives us 10 solid players we known have great talent. We need players like Smith, Ayers, Grimes and Sweezy that we know can produce in this league. Add in good role players like Hawley, Jack Smith, Verner, Banks and McDougald. That gives us 19 staters that we can count on. We now have a lot more quality depth. I am holding judgement until after the draft, but I am starting to really believe in Licht.

  22. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Yea Stang I know I mention him to make an example over 30 doesn’t mean you necessarily done.

  23. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Trubucfan putting him in between LVD and Kwon is intriguing.

  24. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    And I agree Bucgator this freeagency period hasn’t made this team old. Not by a long shot.

  25. Trubucfan22 Says:

    That Joe Artlicle about lossing the meaningless games is so stupid. The positive to tanking is a higher draft pick. The negatives?

    Lowers team morale
    Creates losing culture
    causes divides in the locker room
    coaches/GMs get fired
    Fan support decreases when wins decrease
    Become laughing stock of the league and get refered to as, “the browns of the NFC”.
    Set new NFC South record for most consecutive last place finishes in Division history.

    I could go on forever. The 1 single positive does not out weigh the negative of having a losing franchise. It is never ok to lose games. We can try to justify it by saying “it improves our draft position!”. But real fans know that losing takes it’s toll on a team. And the only way to turn that around is by winning. And winning theough the thick and thin. Winning with your back up QB can really rally a team and set it up for future successes. It is very short sighted to think that losing 1 or 2 more games to get a higher draft pick, is better for a franchise.

  26. Bobbybucs Says:

    [Please use your original username. — Joe]

    We need these solid vets

    They need to change the teams mindset. Great signings so far

  27. James Walker Says:

    Band-aid, a very good one though.

  28. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Daryl is a natural inside linebacker. kwon has the ability to play anywhere on the field, but is a natural outside backer (in college). Scheme wise i don’t know if it would be in kwons best interest to move inside and out depending on the player personnel groupings. But im sure he is smart enough to make any adjustments neccesary.

  29. Mike Johnson Says:

    Sorry fellow Buc fans, Not impressed with these..old guys coming in. I know a lot of you are. Hope we did not pay out of the yang yang for him.

  30. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    CalBucsFan Says:

    March 17th, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Love the move, a well respected, top notch veteran LB to mentor David & Alexander.

    Keep it up Licht and I might have to move back to Tampa and pick up some season tickets!


    And a solid veteran to mentor that great players…
    Good move..

  31. cmurda Says:

    Humiliatingly pathetic effort again by the Lightning. What has happened to this team? They blow a lead 3 times in the game and lose. I digress again.

    D Smith – good stopgap signing. Bucs are mixing inexpensive, but solid veteran starters until the draftees can grow.

  32. CrustyCrab Says:

    I hope this doesn’t move Kwon to the outside and take him off the field on third down.No matter how good or a veteran i just hope we don’t do something dumb.

  33. Cobraboy Says:

    Kwon Alexander will be MLB for many, many years.

    BucGator, I’m pretty sure VJax isn’t one of the young ‘us on the team.

    Smith plays inside in a 3-4, but can easily play Sam. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucs took a LB in round 3-4.

    Solid signing, solid citizen and a great veteran presence on the D.

  34. Cobraboy Says:

    Didn’t Smith play OLB in a 4-3 before going to the Crows? Isn’t that what he played under Smith at Jax?

  35. Supersam Says:

    Love this signing! Some veteran leadership will do this young immature team some good!

  36. Bob Says:

    He’s not going to challenge the starters. We aren’t that hard up for leadership. Must be to shore up special teams or Smith owes him a favor.

  37. Tom S. Says:

    I’m starting to get concerned, Joe.

    Signing all of these productive vets has the potential to kill the plan to tank the season this upcoming year. Someone needs to get to Licht before it’s too late! We might actually finish next year .500 or better and be picking outside of the top 10! OH THE HUMANITY!!!!

  38. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Bucfan951 Says
    “44 tackles last year? Is that accurate?”

    No it isn’t…and thank God!

    I was about to say it was a depth signing at best until I checked the stats!

    121 tackles combined. 72 solo, 49 asst. He also got 3 sacks.

    And he played/started 16 games last year. I don’t know where joe got his wires crossed.

    One thing…NFL. com lists him as an inside linebacker. Anyone know if he has experience outside? Otherwise, he really is depth.

  39. Cobraboy Says:

    Bob Says:

    He’s not going to challenge the starters. We aren’t that hard up for leadership. Must be to shore up special teams or Smith owes him a favor.

    Really? Who is the current starter at Sam?

  40. Cobraboy Says:

    BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    One thing…NFL. com lists him as an inside linebacker. Anyone know if he has experience outside? Otherwise, he really is depth.

    He was a 4-3 OLB for many years in Jax under Smith before going to the Crows, where he became a 3-4 ILB.

    He can play Sam, no doubt.

  41. Sturg Says:

    He’s a versatile LB who can play inside or outside and is still more productive than guys 10 years his junior. I don’t care how old a player is as long as they can ball on Sundays

  42. Bob Says:

    Probably our next draft pick…

  43. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    In that case, this is great news! lol

  44. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Off topic..just saw earlier Tray Walker of Ravens in serious condition after accident in Miami..

    My son just read the signing of Daryl and he is one happy mo-fo!

  45. Pickgrin Says:

    This dude may be “old” by normal football standards – but his productivity the last 3 years is VERY impressive. Almost 400 total tackles in the last 3 years and hasn’t missed a game since 2012. Definite upgrade at Sam and like Grimes, LB Smith showing no signs of “slowing down” yet.

  46. Pickgrin Says:

    And I just realized the quandry of what to put on the back of his jersey. We already have a J. Smith playing DE and a D. Smith playing OT. So what does this D. Smith do? I guess they will have to squeeze his whole name on there and maybe the same for Donovan Smith too.

  47. Architek Says:

    Pass rush we don’t know about but on paper this is a defense you can’t run the ball on.

  48. PRBucFan Says:

    He played SAM in Mike Smith’s D in Jax, he never played inside till his days with the Ravens.

    And he had 121 tackles, 71 solo

  49. PRBucFan Says:

    And just because the BUCS are starting to sign some solid vets along every positional group does not means we are suddenly “old” lol. As one of the youngest teams in the NFL last year the BUCS made a lot of undisciplined, stupid, mistakes. These vets will bring experience and leadership to help this young core out. Solid moves.

  50. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Let’s hope he’s the next London Fletcher. London, even though undersized, played at a high level into his late 30’s.

    Age is a very individual thing. Fletcher never missed a game all the way through his final season. What a durable body!!!

  51. bucs4life86 Says:

    If u haven’t noticed the trend by now, Lichts signings are all players that have been productive throughout there carrer and u pretty much know what your gonna get (Ayers is the only player that hasn’t been consistent throughout his carrer but but to his credit looks to be a late bloomer and the type that WON’T take the money and run.)

    This proves that Licht thinks this team is ready to win NOW by mixing in all these vets. Looks like there will be a playoff run for our ’16 TB BUCS.

  52. 813bucboi Says:

    cant say im impressed until they hit the field….all of this “getting your former players” sure looks familiar…GO BUCS!!!

  53. 813bucboi Says:

    @PR…interesting point…so all of the undisciplined, stupid, mistakes were because the team was just young and relatively immature….and some people thought it was all lovie….lol…GO BUCS!!!!