Only a day after being released by the Chicago Bears, former Rutgers standout and two-time Big East DPOY Khaseem Greene has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Greene was the best player on one of the best defenses in Rutgers History. He was a 2013 4th round pick of the Chicago Bears. Greene was never really able to find consistent success in Chicago and was released. This release came as no surprise to Bears fans who seemed to be expecting this roster move. The Bears switched to a 3-4 defense this year which does not favor Greene as an outside linebacker mainly due to his lack of a pass rush. He could've switched to middle linebacker and possibly had success but Chicago clearly had other plans.
Greene began his career at Rutgers as a very physical safety and was later moved to linebacker . He subsequently shined, garnering Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. ESPN named him a first-team All-American after a stellar 2012 season. He also ranks among the best in career forced fumbles with 12. Known for being quick, agile, and having a nose for the ball, Greene became the leader of the tenacious 2012 defense that helped to win a share of the 2012 Big East championship.
When Greene was released, the first two teams I thought of for him were the Patriots (why not) and the Bucs. The Buccaneers play a Tampa 2 defense which requires a heavy dose of tackling and coverage for outside linebacker. Greene has a similar style of play as Lavonte David, who has starred for the Bucs as of recent. Greene has the athleticism and intangibles to make an impact with Tampa Bay. He is a great fit in their scheme and seems primed to be make and impact for the Bucs.
Former Rutgers and Bucs coach Greg Schiano created a Rutgers pipeline during his short tenure in Tampa. Although no player signed during Schiano's run are still with the Bucs, Greene will join former Rutgers players Andrew DePaula (LS) and George Johnson (DE) who were recently added to play for second year coach Lovie Smith