News broke late Monday afternoon that the Buccaneers signed defensive tackle Tony McDaniel pending a physical. Early Tuesday, we’ve learned that the deal is now completed after McDaniel passed his physical.
Bleacher Report’s Luke Easterling was first with the news.
DT Tony McDaniel has passed his physical w/the #Bucs, making his signing official, per team source.
— Luke Easterling (@LukeEasterling) August 11, 2015
McDaniel played in every game the past two seasons for the Seattle Seahawks. He was a cap casualty due to new contracts given to quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Barry Wagner. The Seahawks wanted him back but it appears the one-year, $2.5 million contract with Tampa Bay was the better deal.
The veteran defensive tackle recorded 84 combined tackles and two sacks in the last two seasons with Seattle. McDaniel, 30, entered the league as an undrafted rookie in 2006 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
This is a move the Bucs needed to make. With defensive tackle Akeem Spence expected to miss significant time due to back surgery, Tampa Bay needed to add insurance and did so with a proven veteran.