The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed linebacker Devante Bond to fill their remaining open roster spot as the Bucs return home for the only time in October.
Bond was waived by the Bucs on September 11 and following an injury settlement was not eligible to immediately re-sign with the team. The Bucs brought back the productive special teamer as soon as they were able to provide depth at the linebacker position ahead of the Bucs' home contest against Cleveland this weekend. The Bucs' roster now sits back at 53.
There was a vacancy on the 53-man roster following multiple moves on Monday. The team released wide receiver Freddie Martino and also switched out two players on the practice squad. The release of Martino is what left the spot open for Bond.
Bond (6-1, 236) played in 14 games last season for the Buccaneers, making two starts, and racked up the most tackles on special teams of any Bucs player in that span. Bond's most productive stretch at linebacker came toward the end of last season in Weeks 14 and 15 where he recorded tackles on both special teams and defense as linebacker. He participated in the team's offseason program as well as training camp prior to him being waived on September 11 with an injury designation.
He originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick by the Buccaneers in the 2016 NFL draft out of the University of Oklahoma.