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Bucs land Amobi Okoye

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Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, a first-round pick of the Texans in 2007, has another new home.  A year after joining the Bears following his release from the Texans, Okoye now is a member of the Buccaneers.

The Bucs and Okoye has agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to Jeff Dickerson of

A four-year starter in Houston, the Texans decided to move on when switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4.  In Chicago’s Cover 2 defense, Okoye appeared in 16 games, with one start.

In Tampa, he’ll join a rotation that includes Gerald McCoy, Brian Price, John McCargo, Roy Miller, and Frank Okam.

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28 Responses to “Bucs land Amobi Okoye”
  1. jacobslatter says: Apr 7, 2012 10:17 PM

    Amobi didn’t get to ride on Bobby Petrino’s Harley.

  2. knicks4life says: Apr 7, 2012 10:20 PM

    Good signing

  3. dolphins4 says: Apr 7, 2012 10:21 PM

    That is good now hopefully the Eagles will resign Derek Landri.

  4. ronswansonsdinner says: Apr 7, 2012 10:29 PM

    Good pickup for the Bucs. I’m guessing he’ll be the 3rd DT unless Price gets hurt again.

  5. jh4prez says: Apr 7, 2012 10:31 PM


  6. thekingdave says: Apr 7, 2012 10:40 PM

    The Texans were moving on regardless of whether or not they switched to a 3-4. Okoye just didn’t develop under Richard Smith or Frank Bush.

  7. sledgehorn says: Apr 7, 2012 10:42 PM

    Isn’t this the guy that drafted when he was 19?
    That makes him pretty damn young still…

  8. rushbacker says: Apr 7, 2012 10:42 PM

    In Tampa, he’ll join a rotation that includes Gerald McCoy, Brian Price, John McCargo, Roy Miller, and Frank Okam.

    All kinds of talent. . . and very little heart outside of Miller.

  9. baybuc35 says: Apr 7, 2012 10:47 PM

    5 year vet and is only 24. Can still get better good signing

  10. bucrightoff says: Apr 7, 2012 10:56 PM

    Good value signing, might end up being the best signing of the offseason if either Price or McCoy can’t stay healthy

  11. baybuc35 says: Apr 7, 2012 10:59 PM

    Very little heart? I don’t think you can say that about any of them. I mean Price played a season in pain with his hamstring stapled to his pelvis.

  12. sitbackandwatch says: Apr 7, 2012 11:05 PM

    Blount just retired thinking they signed Chistian Okoye

  13. asublimeday says: Apr 7, 2012 11:10 PM

    Bears should’ve kept this guy, but in Emery we trust.

  14. beefbus says: Apr 7, 2012 11:22 PM

    Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense that he didn’t resign with the Bears. Better defense and better team, with a scheme more suited for his skill. I can’t believe a one-year deal at two million out priced Emery and company. Probably wanted to play in warm weather like the chump Vjax.

  15. gator2006 says: Apr 7, 2012 11:55 PM

    He’s going to make the all-time NFL money list at this rate, considering his age.

  16. dino2997 says: Apr 8, 2012 12:08 AM

    Essentially the Texans and Bears gave up on him. There was also probably a good reason why he lasted this long in free agency and only signed a 1 year “prove it” deal.

    He still is young with a ton of talent though. It’s his chance to step it up for a long term contract.

  17. milkmandanimal says: Apr 8, 2012 1:04 AM

    Between him and John McCargo, Tampa is apparently where overdrafted DTs go to die.

  18. nobby821 says: Apr 8, 2012 1:37 AM

    maybe he can play middle linebacker…

  19. chibears187 says: Apr 8, 2012 1:43 AM

    It’s all good. We’re stacked at DT. It’s Paea’s time to shine baby

  20. dabengals13 says: Apr 8, 2012 3:26 AM

    Oh well… He could have been part of a much more talented Bengals D line… His loss.

  21. jacksaysfu says: Apr 8, 2012 7:34 AM

    Congratulations on getting him Bucs, with the right coaching Okoye will be a great rotational player, i read that TB were talking to Amobi & Landri .As a Eagles fan im hoping maybe both sides (Eagles F.O. Landris agent) come to their senses and re-sign Derek Landri , cause the dude was a beast with a great motor and he excelled in Washburns system. Obviously the Eagles haven’t tried to replace Trevor Laws or Derek Landri , so everyone knows that with the 15th pick the Philadelphia Eagles select DT (? Michael Brockers , Fletcher
    Cox , Dontari Poe) Hell , Rosemans
    trackrecord in the 1st & 2nd round has
    been awful. It wouldn’t suprise me If
    they grabbed Devon still or Jerel
    Worthy . If they can move up in the draft they should grab LB Luke Kuechly , but if they don’t then they better pick either Cox,Brockers, or Poe. I like Devon Still alot but not at 15 , besides they knew a LB to pair with Jamar Chaney/Brian Rolle & Demeco Ryans. Our best run stopping DT (Anonio Dixon) is coming back so hopefully that helps .

  22. jacksaysfu says: Apr 8, 2012 7:46 AM

    Thumbs up if you think T.B should draft Morris Claiborne , thumbs down if you’d rather Trent Richardson , or leave a post saying if you prefer them trading down or if you want to see the Bucs draft someone else.

  23. cuda1234 says: Apr 8, 2012 10:01 AM

    So is there a special package where they play all 6DT’s at the same time? Can any of them play lb or rb or wr?

  24. bucforever says: Apr 8, 2012 10:28 AM

    Defense ,defense ,defense !!! Championships are won with defense . GO BUCS!

  25. akd1287 says: Apr 8, 2012 11:02 AM

    This guy was a complete BUST here in Houston and he won’t be good anywhere else.

  26. damayan5 says: Apr 8, 2012 11:02 AM

    > Between him and John McCargo, Tampa is apparently where overdrafted DTs go to die.

    Yep. Been that way for a while: Ryan Sims, Hovan, Hayensworth etc. etc.

  27. cbreezy80 says: Apr 10, 2012 12:22 PM

    Another quality free agent signing with the good guys! Considering how Gerald went down in his couple of seasons, now have a little more dept at d-tackle! Plus this kid is young with plenty of playing experience,& doesn’t have character issues( FAT ALBERT)& last but not ph it doesn’t hurt the pockets!

  28. djaehne says: Apr 12, 2012 1:51 AM

    He’s pretty good against the run. Not so much in stats like sacks but, he’s still young and currently not hurt. Good pick up.

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