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Another DT to watch: Bucs talking with free agent Derek Landri



The Bucs still hope to sign Bears free-agent defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, but they’ve also shown some interest in another free agent at the same position.

Tampa Bay also is considering Eagles free agent Derek Landri, a bit of a journeyman who played 12 games for Philadelphia in 2011.

The Bucs consider Okoye their preferred option at a position that lacks quality depth, but Landri is in the mix and could land here if the Bucs cannot reach a deal with Okoye.

Landri, 28, recorded 21 tackles and two sacks last season. In 2010, he started 16 games with the Panthers, registering 43 tackles and three sacks.

Landri, 6-2 and 290 pounds, is a 2007 fifth-round pick of the Jaguars out of Notre Dame.

The Eagles during the past couple of months have expressed a desire to re-sign Landri, but it’s unclear whether that is still the case. Landri would be a more affordable option than Okoye, who is believed to be on the radar of up to five teams.

The Bucs would like to add some depth at defensive tackle after injuries created issues at the position last season, forcing general manager Mark Dominik to acquire several players at midseason.

[Last modified: Friday, April 6, 2012 8:54am]


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