The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to strengthen their 2019 roster through a free agency on Saturday, signing a veteran offensive guard Earl Watford to a one-year deal.
Watford (6-3, 300) has played 55 games with 22 Starting from being drafted in the fourth round by Arizona Cardinals in 2014. His arrival in Tampa brings him with Head Coach Bruce Arians and many of the Cardinals staff at hand during his tenure in Arizona.
The Buccaneers have four returning starters on their offensive line after signing the left tackle of Donovan Smith to a new three-year contract and picking up the 201
Watford saw most of his starting action in the 2016-17 seasons. In 2016 he spent much of the season as the right guard for an offense that ranked ninth in the NFL in total yards, then started the last three games at right tackles. In 2017, Watford started nine games between the two guard spots. He signed with the Chicago Bears as an unrestricted free agent last offseason but was released near the end of the preseason. He signed with Cleveland Browns two days later and appeared in 13 games during the 2018 season.
Tampa Bay has been active in a free agency since 2019 league year began Wednesday. The Buccaneers have added a pair of linebackers in Deone Bucannon and Shaq Barrett as well as a new punter in Bradley Pinion and a speed receiver in Breadad Perriman.