The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting a boost to their defensive line by adding Los Angeles Rams starting defensive tackle Greg Gaines, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Gaines has been a starter in Los Angeles throughout the last two seasons, including the Rams’ Super Bowl run in 2021.
The defender had 36 tackles, six tackles for loss and four sacks during 16 appearances last season, including 12 starts. Gaines previously signed a four-year, $3.1 million rookie deal with the Rams in 2019 and had a $2.5 million salary last season.
Spotrac projected Gaines market value to be a four-year, $31 million contract which would have given the defensive tackle an average annual salary of $7.7 million. Given the Buccaneers’ salary cap challenges, the franchise likely signed Gaines at much more of a discount.
“Greg Gaines played 90 percent of the defensive snaps in Super Bowl win for Rams two seasons ago,” Fox Sports’ Greg Auman tweeted on March 18. “Had 12 tackles in four playoff games. Now joins Bucs defensive line as a free agent.”
Gaines now reunites with Bucs defensive tackle Vita Vea as the two defensive lineman were college teammates at the University of Washington.
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