The Bucs have re-signed defensive lineman Pat O’Connor to a one-year deal. Greg Auman of The Athletic reviews.
Bucs bringing one other free agent again for 2022 — defensive linemen Pat O’Connor, who led the workforce in particular groups snaps, has agreed to phrases on a one-year deal. Missed finish of final season with a knee damage.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 12, 2022
O’Connor was initially not supplied a free agent tender by the Bucs initially of free company, however the window was nonetheless open for a return.
That is O’Connor’s fifth yr with Tampa Bay. He has constructed a gentle basis making the 53-man roster over the past two seasons. Beforehand, O’Connor fluctuated from the observe squad in different years.
O’Connor has carved out function on particular groups. He’s acquired reward from coaches for with the ability to contribute in such a job that the majority defensive lineman can’t do.
Sadly, O’Connor suffered a torn ACL damage in Week 15 that price him the remainder of the season. Whereas getting very restricted snaps all through his profession, O’Connor had began to develop extra as a defensive lineman, recording one sack in 2020 and a half sack in 2021.
One of many extra notable moments of his profession got here in Week 3 of the 2020 season the highway in opposition to Denver. In that recreation O’Connor blocked a punt that arrange the Bucs’ first landing.
Together with being a particular teamer, O’Connor has been identified to an essential locker room match for the roster. He’ll be a part of Vita Vea, Will Gholston and Rakeem “Nacho” Nunez-Roches on the inside line for this upcoming season.