Wester was also talking to the Falcons before deciding to head over to Jacksonville. The Missouri Western product spent the last three seasons with the Buccaneers -- primarily as a backup for both tackle positions last season -- but wasn't tendered and became an unrestricted free agent March 3.
Wester's departure will cost Tampa Bay some of its offensive line depth after he spent most of last season as the backup for both tackle positions upfront. The 26-year-old veteran will be free to discuss contract terms with any team once free agency begins, though the Buccaneers could still keep him if they're able to work out a deal.
Wester will draw his first NFL start at right tackle in Sunday's Week 13 tilt against the Panthers with Demar Dotson (knee/hamstring) inactive, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The 25-year-old will try to fill the shoes of a capable veteran in Dotson and help pave the way for running backs Peyton Barber and the returning Ronald Jones II in the running game.
Wester (lower leg) is not expected to play in Friday's tilt against Detroit, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Wester has been sidelined for over two weeks with his leg injury and he remains without a clear return timetable. He's likely looking at a backup role with Tampa Bay when he gets back on the field after being a key reserve for the team in 2017.
Wester (lower leg) did not participate in practice Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Wester observed practice from the sidelines but did not see the field. The 25-year-old has now missed a full week of practice, and he was spotted wearing a compression sleeve on his lower right leg. A key part of Tampa's offensive-line rotation last season, Wester's recovery timetable remains unclear.
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