Atlanta and Tandy agreed to a contract Monday, Will McFadden of the Falcon's official site reports.
Tandy, a former Buccaneer and experienced veteran, brings depth to Atlanta's safety position following a season-ending injury to Keanu Neal (knee). Having played in 84 games with 156 tackles, 14 pass defenses, eight interceptions and a sack to his name, Tandy should play a key rotational role in Atlanta's defense this season.
Tandy, who logged an interception in Wednesday's final camp practice, was impressive throughout the entirety of training camp, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
The versatile veteran's pick in Wednesday's session served as a fitting cap on an impressive summer. Tandy has been a valued utility player in the Bucs secondary for several seasons now, providing solid defense against both the run and pass and more than holding his own during starting stints. After posting a slew of career-best figures in 2016, Tandy was relegated to much more of a reserve role last season, but his experience could certainly come in handy again to open the regular season if the foot injury suffered by Justin Evans lingers.
Tandy has been a versatile piece of Tampa's secondary for years now but is mainly regarded as a backup-caliber player. The 29-year-old will remain off the IDP radar in advance of his seventh professional season.
Tandy managed six tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.
The veteran safety saw extended action in the regular-season final due to T.J. Ward's early exit with a knee injury. Tandy ultimately finished the contest with a season high in tackles, affording him a strong finish to what was somewhat of a disappointing campaign. The 28-year-old had managed career highs in total tackles (57), solo stops (46), interceptions (four) and passes defensed (nine) in 2016, but the additions of Ward and second-round pick Justin Evans (IR-ankle) notably cut into his opportunities this past season. Now heading into unrestricted free agency, the Buccaneers are likely to allow Tandy to test the waters before deciding whether to try and bring him back on a cap-friendly deal.
Tandy posted four tackles (two solo) in Monday night's 24-21 loss to the Falcons.
The veteran equaled the season high in tackles he'd just established in Week 13 in the overtime loss to the Packers. With fellow safety Justin Evans exiting Monday's game early with an ankle injury and potentially headed to injured reserve as per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Tandy could see some extra run over the last two games of the season. The tail end of the campaign was a very fruitful one for the West Virginia product last season, as he posted 31 stops over the final three contests of 2016 while also seeing increased opportunity.
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|10||11/11/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
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|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||40||31.0||9||0||3||42||14.0||20||0||3|
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|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||42||28.0||14||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||57||46.0||11||0||4||28||7.0||28||0||9|
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