Buccaneers fill open roster spot with Josh LeRibeus

Tampa Bay adds depth along the interior of its offensive line and more competition ahead of training camp.
Offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus played for the Saints the past two seasons. [GERALD HERBERT | Associated Press]
Offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus played for the Saints the past two seasons. [GERALD HERBERT | Associated Press]
Published June 28

The Buccaneers’ release of running back Shaun Wilson a week ago led some to wonder whether the team was on the verge of making a major acquisition.

Nah. They just signed an offensive lineman.

After adding center/guard Josh LeRibeus, who participated in the team’s minicamp workouts earlier this month as a tryout player, Tampa Bay’s roster now stands at 90 players. Ninety players is the maximum number of players an NFL team can have on its roster at this time of year.

LeRibeus played in 28 games for Washington from 2012 to 2015 and in 22 games for New Orleans the past two seasons.

Depth along the offensive line is a weakness for the Bucs. Alex Cappa and Earl Watford, the primary contenders for the right guard spot, started zero games combined last season. Backup center/guard Evan Smith is recovering from hip surgery.

Contact Thomas Bassinger at tbassinger@tampabay.com. Follow @tometrics.

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