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Bucs add depth at DT, sign former first round pick

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Former Houston Texans and first round pick Amobi Okoye, who played last season with the Chicago Bears, has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

A versatile player, the DT could be a huge signing for the Bucs if he can earn some time. 

The general manager of Chicago, Phil Emery, said during a conference call that he expected the former Louisville star to sign with another team. 

"I think Amobi is trying to decide which direction he's going," Emery said. "We've had conversations with him. So far we haven't been able to work out a deal. I really believe that Amobi is probably going in a different direction."

He was right, as the played struck a nice deal with the team. 

The 24-year-old had four sacks last season as a backup. He came into the league in 2007 and drew interest from several teams in free agency. 

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the deal is worth $2 Million and will serve as a backup behind Gerald McCoy and Brian Prince. 

Okoye, who started 59 games in five seasons, is from Nigeria and is quick off the line. 

Remember, Bucs coach Greg Schiano knows plenty about the player, having battled against him in the Big East. 

 

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