The Buccaneers needed Ross Cockrell to stay put. After winning the Super Bowl, the main goal for the Buccaneers was keeping their starters on the roster. This worked out well, as Tampa was able to bring back all 22 starters from last season, but adding key depth like Ross Cockrell also helps.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today re-signed cornerback Ross Cockrell. As per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Cockrell (6-0, 191) was signed to the Buccaneers practice squad in Week 3 of the 2020 season before being promoted to the active roster on Oct. 13. He appeared in 12 regular season games for Tampa Bay last season, making two starts, tallying 11 tackles (one for loss), one quarterback hit and one pass defensed. Cockrell played in all four playoff games on the Buccaneers’ run to a Super Bowl LV victory, notching one tackle and one pass defensed.
The Bucs have agreed to re-sign Ross Cockrell, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic (on Twitter). The new two-year deal — now confirmed by the club — will keep the cornerback under club control through 2023. Cockrell started the year on Tampa Bay’s practice squad before getting called up...
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Cockrell started the year on Tampa Bay’s practice squad before getting called up to the varsity squad. Between the regular season and the playoffs, he saw time in 16 total games, including two starts. He wasn’t slated for much playing time initially, but he came through for the team when Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean went down with injuries.
Cockrell signed a two-year, $2.11 million contract with the Buccaneers on Tuesday. Cockrell signed with the Buccaneers in October and played 12 regular-season games (two starts) and all three playoff games. He didn't play any defensive snaps over the final two postseason contests. With Carlton Davis, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean all returning for 2021, Cockrell will take on a situational role in Tampa Bay's secondary once again.