The deal reunites Bucannon with brand fresh Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and outside linebackers coach Larry Foote. All three were previously on the staff with the Cardinals.
Bucannon had offers to move elsewhere, but really WIShed to return to the”coaches who believed in him made him that the original’Moneybacker’ in Arians, Todd and Foote,” a source told ESPN’s Jenna Laine.
Bucannon, playing in former coach Steve Wilks’ 4-3 defensive strategy, struggled to come across the field for the Cardinals in 2018, starting only six games and playing fewer than 10 snaps in a game on four occasions.
The 26-year-old also missed three games with a torso injury, completing the season with 36 tackles — his fewest in a season he played with 12 or more games. He also had just one sack, a forced fumble and a recovery. Before this year, Bucannon averaged 89.5 tackles per season.
Drafted 27th overall in 2014, Bucannon switched in safety, which he played with Washington State, to inside linebacker. He was known for his passion going to, particularly in the box, along with his size and athleticism often averted mismatches for the Cardinals against larger receivers or tight ends.
ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss contributed to the record.