The newest defensive tackle on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is an old one.
On Monday, a week after Jovan Haye was cut by the Detroit Lions, the Bucs signed the 29-year-old lineman for his second stint in Tampa. Haye was a two-year starter for Tampa Bay before signing with the Titans as a free agent in 2009.
"It wasn't exactly the way I wanted it to be,'' Haye said of his two seasons with Tennessee. "Part of it is my fault, but it was cool -- I met my wife and we have two kids.''
Haye started 14 games his first season in Tennessee, making 32 tackles, but he started just one game in 2010 despite finishing with 31 tackles.
After his release by the Titans this summer, Haye filled in one game for Detroit while Ndamukong Suh was serving a league-mandated suspension.
He returns to Tampa to find the NFL's youngest team in the throes of an eight-game losing streak, prompting speculation about the future of head coach Raheem Morris.
"When you go from 10-6 to 4-10, it's always tough, but it's the business,'' Haye said Tuesday. "It's about winning. I know that's his (Morris) No. 1 goal and he'll get it done.''
Even after talking to Morris, Haye said he was unsure of his role.
"You can't ask for much when you basically come off the couch,'' Haye said.
Haye, who posted 68 tackles and six sacks for the Bucs in 2007, is eager to join a defensive line stocked with premium draft picks.
"They're good now,'' he said, "and in due time, they'll be right where they need to be. I don't want to be their father figure, but I'm seven years deep in this league and I've seen some stuff. I've been through some battles. Any way I can help, basically.''