According to NFL Network Insider on Monday, Carl Nassib has agreed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, returning to a familiar setting. Nassib started his career in Cleveland but saw his greatest success after being released by the Browns and joining the Buccaneers in 2018. Nassib played in 17 regular-season games and accumulated 12.5 sacks, 63 tackles, and three forced fumbles during his two seasons with Tampa.
On the coaching staff, he will also feel at home because Todd Bowles, the current head coach, served as Nassib’s defensive coordinator in 2019. Nassib signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Raiders in 2020 thanks to his success with the Buccaneers, but the arrival of Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue in 2021 forced Nassib into a rotating position.
Prior to being released by the Raiders in March, he started 11 games in 2020 and none in 2021. In Tampa, where the Buccaneers are using second-year defender Joe Tryon-Shoyinka to fill Jason Pierre-position Paul’s opposite Shaquil Barrett, he will play another rotating position. Nassib is the league’s first out homosexual active player, as is well known.