After signing one safety on Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted another on Tuesday, as Clayton Geathers made a visit with the team.
On Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Green Bay Packers starting safety Kentrell Brice to a one-year deal. However, that has not deterred the Bucs from looking to add even more quality to a secondary that struggled mightily in 2018. Field Yates reported that Clayton Geathers was in Tampa Bay on Tuesday to take a visit with the Buccaneers.
Fielding a safety group of Justin Evans and Jordan Whitehead a year ago did not go well for the Buccaneers. While the former second round pick Evans has been solid other than a few growth wounds, Whitehead could be replaced. Chris Conte was the starter opposite Evans until he tore his ACL on the stiff arm heard around the world on national television at the hands of Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald.
Geathers, when healthy has been a solid contributor for the Indianapolis Colts after being selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. However, the safety has played in just 26 games over the last three years, appearing and starting 12 in 2018 while dealing with a nagging knee injury.
The four-year safety has yet to record his first career interception, but has broken up nine passes, forced two fumbles, and had a career high 89 tackles in 2018 from the third level of the defense. If Geathers can manage to stay healthy, he would be a solid addition to any secondary.
Geathers would figure as the starter across from Evans in 2019 if he and the Bucs end up coming to terms on a deal for the 2019 season, but given his injury history, it was a wise move for Tampa Bay to add depth at the safety position. This offseason, the Bucs added Brice and moved cornerback M.J. Stewart to safety as well, could Geathers be next?