Spence signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Lions on Thursday, ESPN reports. Not a star in his own right, Spence is still a solid addition to an up-and-coming Lions defensive line; at the very least, he'll be a quality rotational piece in DC Teryl Austin's 4-3 system. His signing likely means Tyrunn Walker and/or Stefan Charles won't be coming back to Detroit.
Spence played a total of 17 snaps during the Buccaneers' Week 1 win over the Falcons. Spence's back issue that kept him sidelined for part of the 2015 season appears to be a thing of the past. In all likelihood, Spence will continue to function as a depth interior lineman.
The Buccaneers cut five players Tuesday to get down to the NFL-mandated 75-man limit, with the biggest name being punter Michael Koenen. Tampa Bay decided to go with first-year punter Jacob Schum over the veteran Koenen. The rest of the Bucs' cuts include guard Josh Allen, WR Robert Herron and corner Leonard Johnson. Defensive tackle Akeem Spence was placed on the PUP list.
The Buccaneers announced Monday defensive lineman Akeem Spence has been suspended without pay for the season opener for violating the NFL's policy on substances of abuse. He will be eligible to return Week 2 at New Orleans. Spence was arrested in Jan. 2014 in Alabama. He was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, which are both misdemeanors, per NFL.com.
Buccaneers defensive lineman Akeem Spence has been notified he is facing a one-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on substances of abuse, according to NFL Network National Insider Ian Rapoport. Spence was arrested in Jan. 2014 in Alabama. He was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, which are both misdemeanors, per NFL.com.