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Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep tinkering, sign LB Zac Diles

Linebacker Zac Diles had one sack and one interception in four seasons with the Texans. He played under Raheem Morris at Kansas State.

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Linebacker Zac Diles had one sack and one interception in four seasons with the Texans. He played under Raheem Morris at Kansas State.

TAMPA — The Bucs were hardly done tinkering with their roster when the deadline for final cuts passed on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, Tampa Bay continued to mold its lineup ahead of Sunday's season opener, agreeing to terms with 26-year-old free-agent linebacker Zac Diles, a former seventh-round pick of the Texans with 30 starts in four seasons.

The Bucs had been looking for a young veteran after trimming their linebacking corps to five on Saturday, and they appeared to find a good fit in Diles.

A former member of Bucs coach Raheem Morris' defense at Kansas State (Morris was the coordinator there in 2006), Diles has experience at both middle and outside spots.

The Bucs could use depth at middle linebacker after the release of veteran Tyrone McKenzie and rookie Derrell Smith.

Rookie Mason Foster has been named the starter but the Bucs were preparing to have weakside linebacker Adam Hayward serve as his backup if necessary.

Diles notched a career-high 82 tackles last season in 15 games (including 10 starts) for the Texans. In the past three seasons, Diles has averaged 70 tackles.

He became available when the Rams, who signed him before the season, released Diles in their final cuts on Saturday.

The Bucs likely aren't done with roster moves, with the team still considering options at tight end and at other positions.

It wasn't immediately clear which player will be released to make room for Diles, but someone will have to be let go once Diles officially signs his contract.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep tinkering, sign LB Zac Diles 09/04/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 4, 2011 10:41pm]
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