Conte signed a two-year contract with Tampa Bay on Thursday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Conte has been the Buccaneers' starting safety for the past two seasons, and he likely will be once again in 2017. He had 69 tackles and five passes defensed, including two interceptions and one touchdown while playing in 14 games in 2016.
Conte, who posted 69 tackles and two interceptions in 2016, is a potential candidate to re-sign with the Bucs, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Bucs have expressed an interest in having the unrestricted free agent return, but they may wait to see what plays out with their attempts to bring fellow safety Bradley McDougald back to the fold first. Conte notched the first pick-six of his career last season and has been reasonably effective against both the run and pass through his two-year Tampa tenure. He's racked up a combined 148 stops (118 solo), 11 passes defensed, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery over 28 games.
Conte finished the 2016 season with 69 tackles (59 solo), including one for loss, two interceptions (including one pick-six), five passes defensed overall and one fumble recovery over 14 games. The veteran safety enjoyed another statistically successful season in 2016, posting the third-highest tackle total of his career, equaling his second-highest number of interceptions, and tallying his first pick-six, which came against his old Bears teammates. Conte also tallied at least seven tackles in six of the 14 games he was active for, including a season-high 11 against the Falcons in the season opener. A chest injury did cost Conte two games, but he otherwise made a strong case for either returning to the Bucs or latching on with a safety-needy team as he heads into unrestricted free agency this offseason. With last season's starting strong safety Bradley McDougald also without a 2017 contract, the Bucs may look to retain at least one of last season's starting safeties.
Conte (chest) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. Conte practiced in full all week after missing the team's past two games. He's on the probable side of questionable and will likely play come Sunday.
Conte (chest) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Conte appears to be in line to return from a two-game absence in Week 15 against the Cowboys, so Keith Tandy would return to his back-up role.