The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed defensive linemen Elijah Qualls, most recently of the Baltimore Ravens. To make room for Qualls on the 90-man preseason roster, the Buccaneers waived defensive lineman Shane Bowman with an injury designation.
Coincidentally, both Qualls and Bowman played their college ball at the University of Washington; both joined the Buccaneers after defensive lineman Vita Vea, yet another former Husky, was sidelined with a knee injury. Vea, Qualls and Bowman were all teammates in Washington in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Qualls, who was waived by the Ravens on Friday, was in Baltimore for just a week after spending most of the offseason with the Carolina Panthers. Originally a sixth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017, the 6-1, 321-pound defender played in six games as a rookie and recorded four tackles and a quarterback pressure. Qualls went back to training camp with the Eagles in 2018 but was waived in the final roster cuts, eventually landing on Carolina's practice squad.
Bowman signed with the Buccaneers on August 11 after originally entering the league as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars this past May. He played in Tampa Bay's preseason win over Miami last Friday.
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