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Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign Sterling Moore

A year after finishing 28th against the pass, the Bucs have finally strengthened their secondary.

Less than 24 hours after his visit with the 49ers, California native and former Cowboy Sterling Moore has signed with Tampa Bay, the team announced Thursday. Moore joins the Buccaneers on a one-year deal, worth a max value of $1.525 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

At 25, the undrafted free agent has shown plenty of promise despite a lack of commitment from other clubs.

Filling in for a disappointing Morris Claiborne, Moore finished the season as one of the 25 best cornerbacks in football, according to Pro Football Focus. Over 713 snaps, he broke up eight passes and allowed just 61 percent of the passes thrown his way to be caught.

In his second season, Lovie Smith is going to need to make some drastic upgrades to the secondary. And while that might not manifest itself in the first round of the NFL Draft, or the first wave of free agency, his scheme needs some help in order to thrive the way it should.

While Moore doesn't get him all the way there, it provides a value signing at a key position.

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