When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed free agent linebacker Adam Hayward on Monday, it turns out they held off another suitor for the veteran backup linebacker.
The San Diego Chargers were also making a play for Hayward, and that should come as no surprise. The Chargers now employ former Bucs special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, who holds the same post with his new team. Hayward was among Bisaccia's most reliable special-teams assets figured to be a player he would recommend to Chargers management.
"San Diego and Tampa both stepped up," Hayward said, "but Tampa really stepped up to the plate. It's good to be back here running around."
It's unclear where exactly Hayward will take most of his snaps, but coach Raheem Morris said he's capable of playing all three linebacker positions. Morris did say it's unlikely Hayward would be a factor at middle linebacker because that's not one of his strengths.
However, Hayward is adept at both strong-side and weak-side linebacker. Quincy Black appears a lock for the strong side, but perhaps Hayward pushes Geno Hayes on the weak side.