Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign Carl Nassib, first active player to publicly come out as gay, per report

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Carl Nassib is back in the NFL and back with the team with which he had his most productive seasons.

The 29-year-old defensive end who most recently played for the Las Vegas Raiders and who became the first active player in NFL history to publicly come out as gay has reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

Nassib came out June 21 of last year in an Instagram post and also announced a $100,000 donation to the Trevor Project, which works to eliminate suicide cases among the LGBTQ+ community.

"I just wanted to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay," Nassib said in a video recording. "I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now but finally feel comfortable getting it off my chest. I really have the best life, the best family, friends and job a guy can ask for.

"I’m a pretty private person, so I hope you guys know that I’m not doing this for attention. I just think that representation and visibility are so important. I actually hope that one day, videos like this and the whole coming out process are not necessary, but until then I will do my best and my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting and compassionate."

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib (94) looks on from the tunnel before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib (94) looks on from the tunnel before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

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Nassib is entering his seventh season in the league after he first broke in as a 2016 third-round selection of the Cleveland Browns. After two seasons there, the Browns cut him in September 2018, just days before the start of the season. Nassib was then claimed by Tampa Bay the following day and he spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons with the Buccaneers.

In his first season with Tampa Bay, Nassib posted a career-best 6.5 sacks and followed that up with 6 the next year, when Todd Bowles — the current head coach of the Buccaneers — took over as the team's defensive coordinator.

That season, Bowles was more aggressive in moving Nassib around the defense, deploying him as both a defensive end and outside linebacker.

When he hit the open market in 2020, Nassib signed a three-year deal worth $20.5 million with the Raiders. In March of this year, the Raiders released Nassib after two seasons with the franchise.

Nassib has totaled 164 tackles and 22 sacks in his career.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign Carl Nassib, first active gay NFL player