Bucs claim ex-Patriots DT Sealver Siliga off waivers
The Bucs, continuing to tweak the depth on the defensive line, on Wednesday claimed defensive tackle Sealver Siliga off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.
Siliga, still just 26, played from 2013-15 while with the Patriots and has 89 career tackles and 5.5 sacks, bringing considerable size at 6-foot-2 and 325 pounds. To make room for him on the roster, the Bucs waived undrafted rookie defensive lineman Channing Ward, who had stepped up as the Bucs battled injuries earlier this season but was inactive Sunday as they got injured players back healthy.
Siliga, who is of American Samoan heritage, was born in Utah and played for the Utes before leaving early for the NFL in 2011. He signed with the Seahawks this spring but was limited by a calf injury and cut twice, getting five tackles in four games before he was waived Tuesday. He was part of the Patriots' Super Bowl team in the 2014 season, starting five games that year and finishing with 32 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
His named is pronounced "silver SEE-ling-gah," with the "n" sound added as is the case with some Samoan names. His given name is Tupaimoefitpo. Here's a good Q&A talking about his football background and his many stops before settling in with the Patriots.