Tampa Bay continued to shore up its offensive line by announcing the signing of former Atlanta guard Matt Lehr on Tuesday.
Lehr, entering his seventh NFL season, started 11 games at left guard for the Falcons in 2006, as Atlanta rushed for a NFL-best 183.7 yards per game. Lehr was a former first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2001, and spent four years with Dallas before joining the St. Louis Rams for one year in 2004.
Lehr (6-foot-2, 304 pounds) is the second offensive lineman to be signed by Tampa Bay this offseason, following former Giants tackle Luke Petitgout last month. Lehr is likely to create competition with the Bucs' incumbent starter at left guard, Dan Buenning. Lehr's signing also softens the blow of Sean Mahan's departure to Pittsburgh.
Lehr is the ninth free agent to sign with Tampa Bay since the free agency period started.