Buccaneers sign Carl Nassib

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Carl Nassib is back with the Bucs.

Nassib, the free agent pass rusher who previously played in Tampa Bay in 2018 and 2019, has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Buccaneers, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

While spending the last two years with the Raiders, Nassib became the first openly gay player to appear in a regular-season game. Since hitting free agent in March, there has been little apparent interest in him among NFL teams, and questions were raised about whether homophobia was working against Nassib in his efforts to continue his NFL career.

But the Bucs know Nassib well, and they want him back on their defense. He’ll have to compete with players who have spent all offseason on the Bucs to make the roster, but his experience in head coach Todd Bowles’ defense gives him a good chance of being a solid contributor in Tampa Bay this season.

24 responses to “Buccaneers sign Carl Nassib

  1. Nassib is definitely good enough to play in the league. Just not at the contract Mayock signed him at.

  2. Carl is a solid rotational rusher who will make some great plays when you need it. He should be fresh enough to make an impact and possibly make the 53.

    Once a Raider..

  3. Always good for a few sacks. Can also give pretty good pressure up the middle as well as the parameter.

  4. His game is all about penetration up inside. He gets stuffed at the line too easily and doesn’t play with good length but he tries.

  5. I agree with pftpro, he lacks effort. He was inactive for quite a few games and couldn’t break into the rotation regularly even though the Raiders lacked depth. He was a very disappointing FA signing. Maybe another change of scenery, or back to where he had some success will help.

  6. Immortalized in trivia forever;

    Who took Tom Bradys roster spot when he retired in 2022?

  7. Great to see. And I’ve never seen or heard anybody question his effort before. He didn’t produce in Guenther’s defense, just like everybody else. Last year he made his fair share of plays and showed he belongs in the league.

  8. The fact that they have a history with him and brought him back tells me all I need to know. He must be a good team mate.

  9. jcdough says:
    August 16, 2022 at 7:55 am
    So are the Bucs the first team to ever SIGN an openly gay player?


    Nope the Raiders had him first.

  10. raiderdave0109 says:
    August 16, 2022 at 1:04 pm
    jcdough says:
    August 16, 2022 at 7:55 am
    So are the Bucs the first team to ever SIGN an openly gay player?


    Nope the Raiders had him first.


    He came out as gay over a year after the Raiders signed him. So they did not sign an “openly” gay player.

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