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S Chris Conte, DT Henry Melton sign with Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have bolstered their defense with a pair of free agents very familiar to coach Lovie Smith, signing safety Chris Conte and tackle Henry Melton.

Both players entered the NFL as draft picks of the Bears when Smith coached in Chicago. Terms of the agreements Thursday were not disclosed.

Conte was a third round draft pick in 2011 who had nine interceptions in four years with the Bears. Melton played for Chicago from 2010 to 2013 before spending last season with the Dallas Cowboys.

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Leaders
Pass Yds: J. McCown2206
Pass TDs: J. McCown11
Rush Yds: D. Martin494
Rush TDs: J. McCown3
Rec Yds: M. Evans1051
Rec TDs: M. Evans12
Int: J. Banks4
Sacks: G. McCoy8.5
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 4672 (30)
Passing Yards: 3623 (23)
Rushing Yards: 1375 (29)
Points per game: 17.3 (29)
Yards per game: 292.0 (30)
Touchdowns: 28 (27)
Field Goals: 20 (27)
NFC South Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Carolina 781.469
New Orleans 790.438
Atlanta 6100.375
Tampa Bay 2140.125
Full Standings
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5903 (25)
Passing Yards: 4294 (27)
Rushing Yards: 1819 (19)
Points per game: 25.6 (25)
Yards per game: 368.9 (25)
Touchdowns: 43 (27)
Field Goals: 29 (22)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
3/25 B. Magee cut
3/20 S. Moore signed/unrestricted free agent One-year contract (through 2015)
3/20 A. Wilder signed
3/12 H. Melton signed/unrestricted free agent One-year contract (through 2015)
3/12 C. Conte signed/unrestricted free agent One-year contract (through 2015)
3/11 M. Johnson cut
3/11 B. Carter signed/unrestricted free agent Four-year contract (through 2018)
3/10 J. Lane declared free agent
3/10 B. Rainey Restricted Free Agent
3/10 D. Bowers declared free agent
Injuries
Date Player Status
12/28 M. Foster Achilles (Doubtful)
12/28 I. Frey ankle (Questionable)
12/28 D. Goldson shoulder (Questionable)
12/28 R. Herron hip (Questionable)
12/28 S. Patton foot (Questionable)
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