TAMPA — Starting safeties Antoine Winfield Jr. and Jordan Whitehead weren’t in the defensive huddle when the clock ran out in the Bucs’ win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game in January at Lambeau Field.
Winfield did not play due to an ankle injury, and Whitehead tore the labrum in his shoulder during the game.
Fortunately, the Bucs didn’t lose much by finishing the game with safeties Mike Edwards and Andrew Adams, who combined for eight total tackles (five solo) and one pass defended.
Adams signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract as a free agent with the Eagles in the offseason but was released Tuesday.
That was good news for the Bucs, who signed Adams to the practice squad on Wednesday. In three seasons, Adams appeared in 43 game with the Bucs, starting 15 while recording five interceptions.
The majority of the players brought back to the practice squad spent training camp with the Bucs, a list that includes quarterback Ryan Griffin, receivers Cyril Grayson and Travis Jonsen, tight end Codey McElroy, defensive back Herb Miller, defensive linemen Kobe Smith and Benning Potoa’e and offensive lineman Brandon Walton.
In addition to Adams, the Bucs went outside the organization to sign former Chiefs running back Darwin Thompson, Chiefs safety Troy Warner, Titans and Chiefs tight end Deon Yelder and former Miami offensive lineman Jonathan Hubbard, who spent last year on the Dolphins practice squad.
Warner’s brother, Fred, is the 49ers’ star linebacker.
The 31-year-old Griffin, who is entering his ninth NFL season, has been with the Bucs since 2015 but attempted only four passes in his career. He may be best known for holding up Tom Brady following the Super Bowl 55 boat parade.
Griffin was the odd man out behind Brady, Blaine Gabbert and rookie Kyle Trask, the Bucs’ second-round pick from Florida.
But his NFL career will resume on the team’s practice squad.
Former Bucs tight end Tanner Hudson, the target of much criticism in the preseason by coach Bruce Arians, signed with the 49ers’ practice squad.