On Thursday, as they returned to work after taking Christmas Day off, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tweaked the active roster and the defensive end depth chart by placing Bowers on I.R. and using his spot to sign Solomon. Bowers had missed last week’s game in St. Louis due to a knee injury and did not practice with the team on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers have just one more game to play without Bowers – in New Orleans on Sunday – but they maintained their depth at end by signing Solomon, a second-year player who spent the first month of the season on the New York Jets’ roster. Originally a seventh-round pick by the Tennessee Titans in the 2012 draft, Solomon has played in 14 NFL games and recorded four tackles.
The Titans traded a 2013 sixth-round pick in order to grab an extra seventh to take Solomon at #211 overall in 2012. He had started four seasons at Rice and tied the school’s career sack record with 24. At 6-3 and 262 pounds, the edge rusher he has variously been listed as a linebacker or an end in the NFL, depending upon whether he was being employed in a 3-4 or a 4-3 front. The Bucs slotted him at right end in their 4-3 front on the depth chart.
Bowers played in 13 games with two starts during his third NFL season, contributing seven tackles, one sack and four quarterback hits. His sack was actually the sum of two half-sacks, one each against Miami and Buffalo.