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Bucs bring in Larry English


As the Buccaneers try to cobble together the kind of pass rush that they had when they were one of the best teams in the league, a guy who was believed to be one of the best prospects in the 2009 draft has joined the cause.

The Bucs have announced that former Chargers linebacker Larry English has agreed to terms.

In Tampa, the 16th pick in 2009 will become a 4-3 defensive end, joining a depth chart that includes Adrian Clayborn and Michael Johnson.

English, who failed to become a free agent earlier this year because he didn’t meet the playing-time trigger that would have voided the final year of his rookie deal, was cut on July 22.

English was selected one spot before the Bucs picked former starting quarterback Josh Freeman, who currently is where English was before today:  Not employed by an NFL team.

The first round in 2009 has become a mixed bag of busts and stars, with English, Freeman, Jason Smith (No. 2 overall), Aaron Curry (No. 4), Mark Sanchez (No. 5), Darrius Heyward-Bey (No. 7), and Aaron Maybin (No. 11) headlining the guys who didn’t work out and Matthew Stafford (No. 1), Michael Crabtree (No. 10), Brian Orakpo (No. 13), Brian Cushing (No. 15), Jeremy Maclin (No. 19), Alex Mack (No. 21), Percy Harvin (No. 22), and Clay Matthews (No. 26) occupying the other end of the spectrum.

English has 11 sacks in five NFL seasons.  He has started only nine games.

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16 Responses to “Bucs bring in Larry English”
  1. bassplucker says: Aug 14, 2014 2:34 PM

    Just Lovie being Lovie. He can’t get enough of those undersized edge rushers.

  2. joeflaccoallday says: Aug 14, 2014 2:39 PM

    Couldn’t call Mark Sanchez a full bust, maybe halfway bust but he was great in the playoffs

  3. dccowboy says: Aug 14, 2014 2:39 PM

    I don’t get the Orakpo love. The guy has averaged 6 sacks/yr in four years, never more than 10 (and he got those his rookie year).

    For the 13th pick in the first rd that isn’t exactly what I would call ‘making it’. So far he’s a ‘Linus’ player, blessed with the burden of a great potential that has not been realized. He’s been an above average player, not an ‘All Pro’ as his Gieco commercial claims.

  4. carlsbadboltfan says: Aug 14, 2014 2:41 PM

    A complete bust of a pick by AJ Smith. Glad he’s someone else’s problem.

  5. themayr says: Aug 14, 2014 2:44 PM

    I sure hope he moonlights as a decent starting guard.

  6. pftwd3 says: Aug 14, 2014 2:53 PM

    Heyward-Bey and Sanchez are not big surprises. There were a lot of doubts when they were drafted. But, Jason Smith and Aaron Curry! Those guys looked like great prospects. Smith had lots of upside and Curry was the safest pick ever.

  7. 6ball says: Aug 14, 2014 2:59 PM

    Larry English? If he’s the answer, I’m not sure I want to know the question.

  8. chargrz says: Aug 14, 2014 2:59 PM

    Larry English. That’s a good one.

  9. ariani1985 says: Aug 14, 2014 3:00 PM

    Clay Matthews is closer to a bust

  10. weepingjebus says: Aug 14, 2014 3:07 PM

    I dunno, we’ll still be watching video of Mark Sanchez a hundred years from now if you know what I mean.

    Butt fumble. That’s what I meant.

  11. bucone11 says: Aug 14, 2014 3:21 PM

    Low risk move and he can back into a 4-3. At worst Bucs can just release him.

  12. richmondbolt says: Aug 14, 2014 3:23 PM

    Good luck Larry.

  13. rodvmunchiii says: Aug 14, 2014 5:05 PM

    Freeman throws for 4000 yards and 27 TDs at 24 years of age and is for some reason out of football by the age of 26. Obama needs to investigate.

  14. noleitup says: Aug 14, 2014 5:15 PM

    Wow. Cant run the ball. Cant pass protect. Solution. Sign Larry English. Wow… Its a sad bucs life for me.

  15. suite34 says: Aug 14, 2014 5:58 PM

    I wouldn’t be so quick to put Stafford in the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. His performance doesn’t come close to justifying his salary cap hit.

  16. jcdurden88 says: Aug 15, 2014 5:07 PM

    Mark Sanchez is not a bust, he gave us one of the most memorable, graceful plays in football history, the beauty of the: Butt Fumble!

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