Ravens’ Insider Aaron Wilson has reported on Twitter that the Buccaneers have signed Derek Landri. Landri is a defensive tackle who has played with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, and Philadelphia Eagles.
Derek Landri has agreed to a two-year, $3.25 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per a league source.
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 30, 2013
Landri is listed as 6’2, 290 pounds. He was a fifth round draft choice out of Notre Dame in 2007. He has registered 121 tackles and eight sacks in 79 games over six NFL seasons. Pro Football Focus graded him out very well in the first few weeks of 2012, but poorly in every game after that. To be fair, the Eagles were a fairly tough team to play for at times in 2012, and sometimes a player is brought down by the level of play of his team. He graded very well in 2011, making an impact in the run game and pass rush.
The contract and his size indicate that he is more likely to be a backup to Gerald McCoy and a possible pass rusher next to McCoy on third downs, rather than a replacement for Roy Miller. He’s strong for his size but is not going to command double teams. He’ll instead shoot the gaps and get after runners and passers.
Coming out of college, he was slated to be an undersized one-technique tackle, so he could fill that role from time to time, but the Buccaneers would need a bigger body to command a double team in running situations. But he will likely just fight for snaps at either tackle spot, and be a part of the rotation on the defensive line. Someone needed to take the snaps left by the departure of Michael Bennett and Roy Miller, so Landri will certainly be in the mix to take some of those snaps.
The contract is quite reasonable, especially for a player who is in his “prime” already and likely will not improve anymore. It’s a smart move if he’s able to play 500 snaps and contribute to the line’s efforts to get after the quarterback. This isn’t the deal Buccaneers’ fans were waiting for, but it will be good enough to add some depth at a position the Buccaneers were in need of some extra help.