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Chukwurah returning to Tampa Bay



With Marques Douglas' trade opening a roster spot, the Bucs have re-signed defensive end Patrick Chukwurah to a one-year contract, according to his agent.

Tp_293118_cass_bucs_3 Chukwurah played in Tampa Bay last season but was limited by knee and shoulder injuries. His ineffectiveness led to his release on June 19. But the Bucs are definitely looking to upgrade their pass rush, and that is considered Chukwurah's strength.

Chukwurah played nine games in 2007 but was not at full strength during some of those. He finished with one sack and 16 tackles. He also added 10 tackles on special teams, where he is quite a force.

Still, he fell well short of the team's expectations for him after his acqusition from the Broncos. In 2006, Chukwurah had a career-high 4.5 sacks as a backup in Denver.

(Pictured: Defensive end Patrick Chukwurah, back with the team for the first time since last season, warms up at Reliant Stadium. Times photo - Brian Cassella)

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:08pm]


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