Rick Stroud reports that the Buccaneers are placing a low-round tender on restricted free agent DE Jacquies Smith.
The low-round tender will cost the Buccaneers $1.8 million for the 2017 season and give them the right of first refusal for any offer sheet he receives from another team during free agency. The Buccaneers would not get a draft pick in return if they elect to pass on an offer sheet Smith receives.
Smith, 26, originally signed on with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of back in 2012. He had brief stints with the Jets and Bills before he was waived at the start of the 2014 season and later claimed by the Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay brought Smith back on a one-year exclusive rights contract back in April.
He landed on Tampa Bay’s injured reserve back in September with a torn ACL and only appeared in one game last season.
In 2015, Smith appeared in 12 games for the Buccaneers and recorded 22 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, three recoveries and a pass defense.