Jason Licht called cornerback Ross Cockrell "one of the best pickups" his team made during the 2020 season, which is saying something given how aggressively the Tampa Bay Buccaneers constructed their Super Bowl-winning roster last year. The Buccaneers have been just as aggressive in keeping that championship team together in 2021, and Cockrell is the latest member of that team to return to the fold.
On Tuesday, the Buccaneers announced the re-signing of Cockrell, who played 16 games for the team in 2020, including the postseason, with two starts. He was – and will likely remain – a valuable reserve for a team that has already managed to bring back all 22 starters from the Super Bowl, along with multiple key role players.
Cockrell first joined the Buccaneers on September 23 of last season, initially signing to the practice squad before being promoted to the active roster in October. He didn't immediately see much playing time on defense behind the starting cornerback trio of Carlton Davis Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting.