The Los Angeles Rams are in the process of losing their second starter from the 2022 defense in a span of less than 24 hours, but this time learning the fate of one of their breakout trench defenders of the past two seasons.

Via league insider Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network on the afternoon of Saturday, March 18, defensive tackle Greg Gaines is agreeing to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Former #Rams DT Greg Gaines agreed to terms with the #Bucs, per source.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 18, 2023

Terms of his contract is yet to be released right away. Spotrac projected he would make $7.7 million annually on his next deal. But his departure comes after the Rams lost safety Nick Scott to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Gaines Emerged as Breakout Performer on Rams Defensive Line

While the 6-foot-1, 312-pound Gaines may not be considered a household name in the NFL, plus plays on a defensive line featuring the dominating Aaron Donald, his presence was still greatly lauded inside the “Rams House.”

Donald himself told Heavy back on September 5, 2022 that Gaines began to come into his own during the Rams’ Super Bowl run.

“You talk about a guy like Greg Gaines, obviously he came out of his shell last year. He ended up getting a starting a job and played at a high level,” Donald said. “He’s stout in the run, he can pass rush, he can run down the quarterback, he’s quick and fast.”

Gaines, 25, went from zero starts in his first two seasons coming out of the University of Washington to starting in 13 games that 2021 season — and ended up with a still career-best 55 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 28 solo stops and 13 quarterback hits. He even gained a fan in ESPN personality Mina Kimes, who noticed he looked more agile than he did when he was in a Huskies uniform.

Watching Rams D for today’s pod and it’s very cool how much Greg Gaines (#91) has grown this year–he’s on the field a *ton* and is super disruptive. Looks more agile than he did coming out of UW.

— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) January 5, 2022

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