The Buccaneers are signing veteran defensive lineman John Hughes.
The Bucs are the third team for Hughes in two weeks. He was cut by the Browns, then signed by the Patriots early last week but was released before the end of the week.
The Patriots had held out at least some hope that they could bring back Hughes this week, a source told PFT, but he saw the opportunity for immediate playing time and more certainty with the Bucs, who have been hit hard by injuries across the defensive line.
Hughes was a third-round pick of the Browns in 2012 and was a full-time contributor at defensive end when healthy over the past three seasons. He missed some time in training camp this year due to personal reasons and was a healthy scratch despite being listed as a starter on the depth chart before he was cut.
He has 5.5 career sacks.
Wide receiver Freddie Martino was released to make room on the roster for Hughes. Martino is a candidate to return on the team’s practice squad.