The Buccaneers are in the market for help at defensive tackle and their first choice is Amobi Okoye.
Okoye isn’t likely to return to Chicago, but he isn’t a sure thing to wind up in Tampa either. While Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Okoye is interested in the Bucs, they are competing with the Broncos and Bengals for his services. Their choice might be Okoye, but they aren’t sitting around twiddling their thumbs while he makes his decision.
Holder also reports that the team is talking to free agent Derek Landri about joining the team. Landri spent 2011 with the Eagles, where he recorded 21 tackles and two sacks in 12 games as a rotational player. Landri, who started all 16 games for the Panthers in 2010, is considered a fallback option at this point for Tampa.
Whichever tackle winds up in Tampa should wind up with a chance to earn a fair amount of playing time. The team has two young starters in Gerald McCoy and Brian Price, but neither of them have been able to stay healthy and Price hasn’t quite lived up to the pre-draft reports of his ability. The other reserves are not impressive, which means there would be a lot of snaps for the taking for either Okoye or Landri next season.