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Bucs sign LB Daryl Smith to one-year deal

17

March

The Bucs continue to add key pieces to their defense for 2016, signing veteran linebacker Daryl Smith to a one-year contract on Thursday night.

Smith, 34, is expected to step in as the Bucs' strongside linebacker, after the team released Bruce Carter and declined to tender a contract to Danny Lansanah. Smith has a long history with Bucs coaches, having played under defensive coordinator Mike Smith and linebackers coach Mark Duffner when he was in Jacksonville, when Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was the Jaguars' offensive coordinator.

Smith has had at least 120 tackles in each of the last three seasons with the Ravens, who cut him last week in a salary-cap move. Financial terms were not released on his one-year Bucs deal, but he was due to make $3.5-million from Baltimore before his release. Smith has more than 1,000 tackles in his 12-year NFL career, along with 30.5 sacks and 11 career interceptions.

He's the fourth new addition to the Bucs defense in the last week, joining defensive end Robert Ayers and cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Josh Robinson.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2016 9:18pm]

    

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