Sources: Bucs to sign former Rams DT Gaines

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TAMPA, Fla. — Having yet to address their defensive line with five unsigned free agents, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with former Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Greg Gaines on a one-year deal Saturday, a source told ESPN.

It’s a move that infuses youth along a Bucs’ aging defensive front that has vowed to get younger and faster over the last two seasons under head coach Todd Bowles and already lost one member this free agency period in Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who signed with the New York Giants.

In 59 regular season games over the last four years, Gaines, 26, recorded 25 starts with 10.5 sacks – 8.5 over the last two seasons — with 11 tackles for a loss, 24 quarterback hits and a fumble recovery. He recorded three tackles in Super Bowl LVI.

The 2019 fourth-round draft pick joins former Washington teammates and Bucs’ first round draft picks Vita Vea and outside linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka.

In addition to Gaines, the Bucs are also re-signing outside linebacker Cam Gill to a one-year deal. Gill has been with the club since 2020 and recorded a half sack in Super Bowl LV, but missed last season with a Lisfranc injury.

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