History-making NFL player Carl Nassib signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Nassib, the first active openly homosexual defensive end in professional football, was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, returning him to the team where he had two of his most productive seasons.
Carl Nassib, an outside linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, signed a one-year contract with the team.
Nassib, who played for Tampa Bay in 2018 and 2019 and registered 6.5 and 6 sacks there, will be in his ninth season in the NFL this year.
Nassib played for the Las Vegas Raiders for the previous two seasons. He started five of the team's 17 games, finished with four sacks, eight tackles for a loss, 33 total stops, five passes defended.
The Raiders decided against re-signing Nassib for 2022 in favour of a more reasonably priced edge rusher. Had he gone back to Las Vegas, he would have earned $7.75 million this season.
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Todd Bowles, the Buccaneers' rookie head coach, and Nassib's former teammate from when Bowles served as Bruce Arians' defensive coordinator in 2019 are reunited in Tampa.