Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Top 10 worst free agency signings in team history

Chris Baker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Chris Baker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

Number 2: Chris Baker: DT (2017)

Chris Baker, otherwise known as “Swaggy” may not have brought the swag to Tampa, but he did bring the gags. The man whose claim to fame before him signing was nearly killing Nick Foles on a cheap shot and subsequently fighting Jason Peters while playing for Washington, was signed to a three-year, $15.7 million deal in 2017. Not only that, the Buccaneers knew of his reported lazy and aloof attitude when they put pen to paper, but were hoping the defensive veterans in the locker room such as Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David would help reel him in.

Despite some questionable decision-making and character/motor concerns, Baker did show some upside. That side never really showed itself once the season began. He got a little, shall we say, “friendly” with a palm tree on Hard Knocks, which was… weird. Then came the Carolina Panthers game. Baker jumped offsides which ultimately lead to a 22-19 loss late in the season, and Baker proceeded to smile about it. This ultimately lead to a little kerfuffle in the locker room with Jameis Winston and Kwon Alexander which was the straw that broke Swaggy’s back. After registering a half a sack and 33 tackles, Baker was gone from Tampa and hasn’t played a down in the NFL since.