Bucs’ Bowles on Nassib: ‘He has a lot of versatility, he brings a lot of energy, brings a lot of toughness’

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed OLB/DE Carl Nassib, the team announced Tuesday. 

According to reports, it’s a one-year deal.

“Carl’s tough in the run,” Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said. “When he played, when he was here with us, he’s a very good pass-rusher on the outside, and he can also play inside in some nickel situations. He has a lot of versatility, he brings a lot of energy, brings a lot of toughness, and he understands the system. He was comfortable in it. We look forward to him coming here.”

Nassib, who became the first openly active gay player in NFL history in 2021, had 1.5 sacks for the Raiders last season. Nassib spent two seasons with Las Vegas. 

The 29-year-old returns to Tampa Bay for his second stint with the Buccaneers after previously spending two seasons with the team from 2018-19. In that time, Nassib put forth the two most productive seasons of his NFL career, totaling 63 tackles (20 for loss), 25 quarterback hits, 12.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two passes defensed, and one fumble recovery.

The seven-year veteran entered the league as a third-round selection (No. 65 overall) of the Cleveland Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

Notes: 

Buccaneers made the following moves to reach the 85-player roster limit ahead of Tuesday’s deadline:

Released

DB                   Ross Cockrell

Waived

TE                   Ben Beise

OL                   Curtis Blackwell

WR                  Kameron Brown

Waived (Injured)

OLB                 JoJo Ozougwu

OL                   Jonathan Hubbard