The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to bolster their depth at defensive tackle, and free-agent Amobi Okoye has emerged as one of the team's top options at the position.
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The Tampa Bay Times reported there is mutual interest between the Buccaneers and Okoye, who also is being pursued by the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals.
A former first-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2007, Okoye had 27 tackles and four sacks for the Chicago Bears last year. On Wednesday, Bears general manager Phil Emery acknowledged Okoye likely would not return to the team.
"Right now, Amobi is trying to decide which direction he is going," Emery said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "We've had conversations with him. So far, we have not been able to work out a deal. Amobi is probably going in a different direction."
The Buccaneers are in search of a defensive tackle after Gerald McCoy was forced to miss all but six games in 2011 with a torn biceps muscle.
Derek Landri is another option at defensive tackle for the Buccaneers, the Times reported.