Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as reported by several media outlets. The financials of the deal have not yet been disclosed. A former first round pick, Okoye joins the Bucs after one season as a backup with the Chicago Bears where he compiled 27 total tackles and four sacks. It’s anticipated that Okoye will have a similar role with Tampa Bay, rotating with a young group of d-linemen that includes former first round pick Gerald McCoy.
Okoye was the 10th overall pick for the Houston Texans back in 2007. During his Texans career, Okoye recorded 138 tackles and 11 sacks in four seasons with the organization. Despite his apparent strength and quickness, Okoye is generally viewed as a bust for Houston, and was released back in July 2011. More memorable than his actual play for the Texans is perhaps his story leading up to the ’07 NFL Draft. Originally from Nigeria, Okoye moved to Alabama when he was 12 years old, enrolled at the University of Louisville by the time he was 15 years old, and lined up for the Texans a few months after his 20th birthday. Okoye became the youngest player to play an NFL game since 1967. Okoye will only be 25 in his sixth season, conceivably a big reason the Bucs decided to take a chance on him despite his perceived underachievement.
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