Tampa Bay Buccaneers hire Brentson Buckner as defensive line coach

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired former NFL player Brentson Buckner as defensive line coach.

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Buckner spent the past five seasons as defensive line coach for the Arizona Cardinals. They had 203 sacks during his tenure — tied for the seventh-most in the NFL.

The Bucs were last in the league with 22 sacks in 2017.

Buckner was a second-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1994. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers during a 12-year career.

The Bucs also announced the hiring of former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas as defensive quality control coach on Wednesday.

Nicholas was a fourth-round pick of the Falcons in 2007. He spent the past three seasons as a defensive quality control analyst at South Florida, his college alma mater.

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