Tampa Bay Buccaneers Add Sterling Moore


Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback

Sterling Moore

(26) returns an interception in the second quarter against Green Bay Packers receiver

Jordy Nelson

(87) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Nickel corner Sterling Moore has become the fourth free agent signing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Moore, 25, made seven starts last season for the Dallas Cowboys while playing in all 16 games, registering 46 tackles. Despite not having an interception, Moore broke up 13 passes and allowed only 61 per cent of passes thrown his way to be caught.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, it’s a one-year deal worth $1.525 million.

Moore figures to slot in as the Bucs’ starting nickel cornerback, a position that was split between Leonard Johnson and Isaiah Frey last season. Both players are under contract for 2015.

In 40 career games with Dallas and New England, Moore has three interceptions and has made 80 tackles. He’s also forced two fumbles.

He was schedule to become a restricted free agent but the Cowboys didn’t tender him a contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.

He becomes the third former Cowboy to sign with the Bucs this offseason, joining Bruce Carter and Henry Melton.

In the Bucs’ defence, the nickel cornerback is considered a separate position to cornerback. Along with Johnson and Frey, the Bucs also have Alterraun Verner, Johnthan Banks, Brandon Dixon, and Mike Jenkins at the corner position.

Moore was undrafted in 2011.