Morris calls LB Hayward a 'warrior.'
Raheem Morris said the Bucs improved at linebacker and special teams with the signing of free agent Adam Hayward to a three-year contract Monday.
Hayward, who is capable of playing all three linebacker positions and started three games at strong side linebacker, led the Bucs in special teams tackles with 20 while recovering a fumble.
"Warrior. A Buccaneer,'' Morris said of Hayward. "A gentleman in the community. Probably our special teams MVP last year. I believe he won it, winning the hammer. He's a guy who's going to come back and give us a lot of what we've been building the last couple years. I'm very excited to have him back.''
Hayward is the fourth unrestricted free agent to re-sign with the Bucs, joining LB Quincy Black, G Davin Joseph and T Jeremy Trueblood.
Bucs linebacker Geno Hayes said Hayward also brings leadership to the locker room.
"Hayward's back. It's a great thing,'' Hayes said. "I'm glad my guy could make it back. He's a real big part of us. He's great at special teams and he knows all three positions. He's a smart guy and he's very versatile.
"When you have guys who have been in that same room a couple years and have that cohesion and brotherhood, you come to depend on them. You know his negatives and his positives. It's great to have him on our side.''