DT Derek Landri agrees to 2-year deal with Bucs
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had been a little thin at defensive tackle ever since Roy Miller signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason. Roy Miller started 14 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.
The 29-year-old Derek Landri will have an opportunity to see some snaps alongside defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on the line, while filling the hole left by Roy Miller’s departure at nose guard. Derek Landri will compete for time at the position with Corvey Irvin, Pep Levingston and Gary Gibson, who are already on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t thrown out of the window the possibility of adding help at defensive tackle through the 2013 NFL draft as well.
Derek Landri was not re-signed by the Philadelphia Eagles after becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason, for the second-time in two-straight years. He spent two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who signed him off the market in 2011, and then re-signed him to a one-year contract before the 2012 season.
Last season, Derek Landri appeared in all 16 games (with seven starts), while registering 18 tackles. During his first season at Philadelphia, Derek Landri had 21 tackles and two sacks.
Before joining the Philadelphia Eagles, Derek Landri had a two year stint with the Carolina Panthers. It was during that stretch that Derek Landri started a career-high 16 games, while posting 43 tackles, one pass defensed, and tied fourth highest on the team with three sacks.
The Notre Dame product was originally selected in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, with whom he also spent three seasons.
Derek Landri has appeared in 79 career games, amassing 121 tackles, eight sacks and six passes deflected.
The seven year veteran Derek Landri joins a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line that ranked No.1 against the run but finished last in the league against the pass last season. However, Derek Landri is better suited as a pass rusher than at what he stands against the run.