Much needed experience in a young room
A former undrafted free agent signing of the St. Louis Rams back in 2010, Stewart has made quite the career out of an unfortunate start. After starting 19 games for the Rams over the first four years of his career, Stewart spent one season with the Baltimore Ravens before signing a deal with the Denver Broncos.
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In 91 career starts in his nine year career, Stewart has tallied 11 total interceptions, 45 passes defended, six forced fumbles, five sacks, and 21 tackles behind the line of scrimmage; he was named as a Pro Bowler in 2016 as well. Last season for the Broncos, Stewart recorded two interceptions, three passes defended, and a sack in 14 starts.
With only Jordan Whitehead and Kentrell Brice as the only healthy safeties on the roster that were not signed this week, Stewart is going to see a big role right away. It will be an interesting battle and mixture of personnel once Edwards and Evans return from their respective injuries.
Defensive coordinator loves his safeties, and the group he had at the beginning of the offseason is looking depleted. The addition of Stewart should give the Buccaneers’ secondary a boost as they look to make massive strides from last season’s abysmal performance against the pass.
To make room for the signing of Stewart, the Buccaneers released defensive lineman Dare Odeyingbo. Now on his fourth team in his tenth season, Stewart looks to lead the Buccaneers’ secondary with veteran savvy and make an impact for Bowles on the defensive side of the football.