TAMPA – Good news for the Buccaneers. Defensive end Jacquies Smith has signed the one-year tender offer the team gave him back in March.
The signing is more or less a formality, but it guarantees Smith will be in place for at least the 2017 season.
That was cast into doubt at one-point during the free-agency signing period when the 49ers decided to kick the tires on Smith.
The 49ers never made an offer to Smith, but Smith was still on the market a few weeks ago when the Bucs began offseason workouts.
He signed a waiver at the time that allowed him to work out with the Bucs but now he’s officially back on board, and that’s good news.
Injuries have derailed Smith on more than one occasion but the Bucs still believe he has some dynamic pass rush skills.
Smith, in fact, is one reason the Bucs probably passed on defensive ends during the recent NFL Draft.
That position was not as deep as some others but the Bucs believe the return of Smith will make a big difference in their pass rush.
And there’s a good chance it will. Claimed off waivers from the Bills in 2014, Smith had 6.5 sacks for the Bucs that year and seven in 2015.
Smith missed all but a small portion of Game 1 last year after suffering a knee injury a few plays into the season.
He is expected to be the Bucs left end on obvious passing downs and will likely work opposite Noah Spence in that role.