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There will be a gay player in the NFL this season.

Carl Nassib, an outside linebacker, signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. Nassib made history last season when he became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. 

The 6-foot-7, 275-pound Nassib was released by the Las Vegas Raiders in March. He returns to Tampa Bay, where he played for two seasons from 2018-19. 

Nassib, 29, reportedly, will earn a veteran salary benefit of around $1.05 million. He took the field in Saturday’s preseason game in Nashville, recording two tackles in the Bucs’ 13-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans. 

After the game, Bucs coach Todd Bowles told reporters he liked Nassib’s energy and was happy with his effort. “Not bad for a guy that just came off the street, practiced two or three days,” Bowles said. 

Tampa Bay opens the regular season Sept. 11 against the Dallas Cowboys in Texas.


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