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Bucs sign A.J. Francis for depth at defensive tackle

The Bucs still don't have a proven answer as they search for a fourth defensive tackle, but they've changed out one of their options, signing A.J. Francis, who was cut by the Seahawks last week, and released Davon Coleman to make room for him.

Francis, 26, saw his first NFL action last season, playing in three games and getting two tackles. He has good size at 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds -- none of the other Bucs defensive linemen are bigger than 307.

The Seahawks released him last week to add players after their rookie minicamp -- after going undrafted out of Maryland, he spent 11 weeks in 2013 with the Patriots' practice squad, was on injured reserve with the Dolphins in 2014 with a knee injury, then finished last season in Seattle.

The Bucs have three proven defensive tackles in Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence, but Francis' competition for the fourth DT job is undrafted rookies like Kansas State's Travis Britz and Auburn's DaVonte Lambert.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 11:11am]


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