After 12 seasons spent between Jacksonville and Baltimore, veteran linebacker Daryl Smith has signed with the Bucs, the team confirmed Thursday night.
Smith has been one of the most productive players at his position in the NFL over the last three seasons, racking up over 120 tackles in each of them for the Ravens. A second-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2004, Smith has appeared in 174 career games, starting in all but two of them. Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Mike Smith held the same position with the Jaguars' for Daryl's first four seasons in Jacksonville.
Smith isn't just a tackling machine, but he brings some versatility to the table, which is evident in the box score. For his career, he's tallied 30.5 sacks, 11 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles and 65 defensed passes.
How does Smith fit into the Bucs' plans?
The team chose not to tender Danny Lansanah this offseason, leaving a hole at the starting spot on the strong side. Smith's doesn't have the speed or athleticism of Lavonte David or Kwon Alexander, but his skill set is a perfect fit for that third starting role, which will only be a rotational spot because of how often defenses are in nickel packages in today's NFL.
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