"He's thrilled to be coming to Tampa," Spires' agent David Levine told Buccaneer Magazine. "Their defense will play to his strengths. He's a quick, strong, up-the-field pass rusher who will be the third end in their rotation. The thing about Tampa's defense is they don't care how big you are, it's all about quickness. Greg's pretty quick and he really pursues the ballcarrier, too."
Spires (6-1, 265) entered the National Football League with the New England Patriots as their third round draft selection out of Florida State University.
The New York Jets signed Tampa Bay free agent DE Steve White (1996-2001) on Mar. 7, which swayed the Buccaneers to replace the depth White provided on Tampa Bay's defensive line.
Spires spent three seasons with the Patriots before being waived by New England in the 2001 offseason. Cleveland claimed Spires off of waivers, and he recorded 23 tackles and four sacks in 16 games with the Browns.
Spires has recorded 79 tackles, 13.5 sacks and has forced five fumbles during his four seasons as a pro.
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