Bucs land some D-line depth with Amobi Okoye

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a depth addition by adding defensive tackle Amobi Okoye. Now, the Chicago Bears have some depth to find.

Okoye, who was solid in rotational play last season, agreed to a one-year contract with the Bucs. The Bears had hoped to have him back but at some point contract talks with the team hit a snag. He becomes a quality addition for the Bucs who have struggled to get production from some of their top draft picks at the position.

Okoye, the former first-round draft pick of the Houston Texans, made 27 tackles to go with 27 quarterback pressures and four sacks last season. He appeared in all 16 games but made just one start. Still, he trailed only Henry Melton for playing time among interior linemen for the Bears. Okoye was in on 54.9 percent of the team’s snaps.

The Bears now have to replace Okoye and nose tackle Anthony Adams, who was released at the start of last month. They will hope that Stephen Paea, a second-round draft pick last year, is ready to make a substantial step forward. Paea made 18 tackles and had two sacks. He didn’t play much early in the season but came on in the second half.

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