Bucs host LB Whitehead, who opts to return to Lions
UPDATE: Another free-agent visit came up empty for the Bucs, as they hosted Lions LB Tahir Whitehead on Thursday, gave him a glimpse of sunny Florida ... and saw him choose to return to Detroit.
Whitehead goes back to the Lions on a two-year deal, reportedly worth $8-million -- the Bucs' search for a new strongside linebacker continues ...
With the Bucs releasing Bruce Carter and not tendering Danny Lansanah a contract, it was easy to see strongside linebacker would be a position that Tampa Bay would address in the offseason.
The first name as a possible new arrival is Tahir Whitehead, who is visiting the Bucs today according to the Detroit Free Press. Whitehead turns 26 next month and has played well in the last two seasons with the Lions, totaling 136 tackles, with three interceptions and two sacks. He's 6-foot-2 and 242 pounds and has started 23 games in the last two seasons.
The Bucs aren't the only team interested -- he's from Newark and a Temple grad, so his hometown Eagles have reportedly been interested, though there's been no report of a visit there.
The Bucs brought in Giants defensive end Robert Ayers on Wednesday night, but there's been no word of a signing, and Foxsports.com reported that he's expected to visit the Dolphins when he's done with the Bucs.