Buccaneers Trying To Re-Sign S Chris Conte Before Free Agency


Roy Cummings of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports that the Buccaneers are expected to meet with the agent for free agent S Chris Conte this week in an effort to try to get him re-signed before start of free agency.

Last week, Scott Reynolds of PewterReport.com mentioned that the Buccaneers were scheduled meet with Conte’s agent at the Combine, and had “some interest” in bringing Conte.

Conte did mention back in November that he’d be “definitely open” to re-signing with the Bucs this offseason.

“I’m definitely open to it,” Conte said at the time. “The main thing for me has been staying healthy this year. I missed time in camp, but when I’m healthy I think I’ve been productive and showed this team I can play. I’ve enjoyed my time in Tampa.

Conte, 26, signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract that included a $250,000 signing bonus with the Buccaneers in March of last year and he’s now in position to be an unrestricted free agent next week.

In 2015, Conte appeared in 14 games for the Buccaneers and recorded 80 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and six pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 58 safety out of 87 qualifying players.

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