Bucs bring Carl Nassib back

Carl Nassib returns to the site of the most productive streak of his six-year NFL career.

On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced the signing of outside linebacker Carl Nassib, who previously played with the team in 2018 and 2019 before signing with the Las Vegas Raiders as an unrestricted free agent. Nassib was released by the Raiders on March 16 after playing two seasons in Las Vegas.

The Buccaneers didn’t need to make a corresponding move to put Nassib on the 85-man roster. By giving up six players on Tuesday, they reduced the roster to 84, one below the new limit for the second week of the preseason.

A third-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2016, Nassib first came to Tampa as a waiver request in September 2018 after being unexpectedly released by his original team in the final draw of the listing. He quickly slotted into the top rotation and produced a career-high 6.5 sacks, along with 12 quarterback hits. Nassib followed that up with a six-sack campaign in 2019, Todd Bowles’ first year as Buccaneers head coach. Bowles has since taken over from Bruce Arians as Tampa Bay head coach, but remains the primary architect of a defense in which Nassib has thrived.

Overall, Nassib started 17 of the 29 games in which he played his first stint as a Buccaneer, also producing 63 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. He played in 23 games as a Raider, recording five starts and recording 4.0 sacks and 13 quarterback hits.

The Buccaneers’ depth at rusher’s point took a hit in Saturday’s preseason opener when third-year man Cam Gill left with a foot ailment. It has since been diagnosed as a Lisfranc injury and the prognosis for his return is unclear at this time. With Gill out, the Buccaneers have a top three of Shaquil Barrett, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Anthony Nelson, and then a handful of rookies.

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