The Tampa Bay Buccaneers further beefed up a defensive front that has been ravaged by injury the last two years by signing seven-year veteran tackle Gary Gibson to a two-year contract.
Gibson spent the last three years with the St. Louis Rams and has played in 49 career games (22 starts) and recorded 79 tackles and three sacks. Gibson got one start and played in all 16 games with the Rams last year, finishing the season with 25 tackles and three sacks.
Gibson played his college ball for Bucs coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers and originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2005. He also spent two seasons with the Carolina Panthers before joining the Rams.
To make room on their roster for Gibson the Bucs released fellow defensive tackle John McCargo and waived wide receiver Raymond Webber.
The signing comes as the Bucs are preparing to open up a three-day rookie minicamp at One Buc Place. The camp is specifically for rookies, so veterans such as Gibson will not participate.
The camp will feature the first appearance in a Bucs uniform of first-round draft picks Mark Barron and Doug Martin and four other draft picks, as well as several NFL hopefuls who will be getting what amounts to a tryout. Tampa Bay signed 16 undrafted free agents last week and invited several others for a look.
The camp runs through Sunday but is closed to the public.