Bucs sign linebacker Winborn

By Times Staff Writer
Published April 4, 2006

TAMPA - On Monday the Bucs signed free-agent linebacker Jamie Winborn, whose experience at the weakside position gives the team a veteran backup for nine-time Pro Bowl player Derrick Brooks.

The deal is for two years, though Winborn can terminate after the first. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Winborn, a 5-foot-11, 242-pound former second-round pick of the 49ers in 2001, has been a solid performer at weakside when healthy. A starter for San Francisco in 2004, he was a good run-stopper and effective blitzer.

But Winborn did not fit into the 3-4 system installed in 2005 by first-year coach Mike Nolan, who criticized Winborn for freelancing too much. Winborn was traded early in the season to the Jaguars for a seventh-round pick.

In Jacksonville, Winborn played mostly special teams before finishing the season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He also has missed time because of neck and shoulder injuries in his career.

In 48 games, Winborn has 19 starts, 194 tackles, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions.

The Bucs started Brooks, Shelton Quarles in the middle and Ryan Nece at strongside in 2005, backed up by promising young draft picks Barrett Ruud and Marquis Cooper. Winborn likely will also compete at strongside.

-JOANNE KORTH, Times staff writer

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