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Chris Conte | Defensive Back | #23

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/23/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 203
College: California
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 3 (93) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Buccaneers re-signed S Chris Conte to a one-year contract.
Although he remained a replacement-level starter, Conte had the best season of his career back deep last year, earning PFF's No. 27 grade among 88 qualified safeties in pass coverage. Conte turned 27 in February and has forced 11 turnovers over the past three years. He'll return as the Bucs' starting free safety. Mar 13 - 3:19 PM

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NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports the Bucs, Saints and Giants are "all in the mix" for free agent FS Chris Conte.

Conte and the Bucs talked about a new contract at the Combine, but they have yet to work anything out. A capable if not spectacular center fielder, Conte would fill a need for the Giants next to sophomore SS Landon Collins, and the Saints could always use cheap help in the secondary.
Mar 11 - 5:21 PM

According to Pewter Report, the Buccaneers will meet with Chris Conte's agent this week at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

They're also meeting with Doug Martin's agent, David Dunn. According to Pewter Report, the Bucs’ level of interest "will depend on Conte’s contract demands." Conte followed his old coach Lovie Smith to Tampa Bay last season and might not be as keen on staying now that Dirk Koetter has been promoted to head coach. The 26-year-old logged 78 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in 14 games last year before a knee injury ended his season.
Feb 21 - 1:11 PM

Bucs placed FS Chris Conte on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Signed to a one-year deal to reunite with coach Lovie Smith, Conte started 13 games and received plus marks from Pro Football Focus for his pass coverage. The soon-to-be 27-year-old will hit the market again in March.
Jan 1 - 12:08 PM

Chris Conte left the Buccaneers' Week 15 game against the Rams with a knee injury and is questionable to return.

He collided with teammate William Gholston while trying to defend Tavon Austin on his 21-yard touchdown run. Conte recorded four tackles before exiting in the third quarter.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 10:40:00 PM

Bucs S Chris Conte (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday.

Conte missed more than three weeks with the injury. Originally expected to compete for a starting job, Conte will likely settle into a backup role behind D.J. Swearinger and Bradley McDougald.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 12:29:00 PM

Bucs S Chris Conte is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Conte was brought in to solidify the free safety role, but he injured his hamstring on the first day of training camp and has not practiced since. Conte should know Lovie Smith's system well after playing for him in Chicago, but he needs to get on the field if he hopes to beat out Bradley McDougald and D.J. Swearinger for a starting role.
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 02:50:00 PM

Bucs signed S Chris Conte, formerly of the Bears.

The 26-year-old gives Tampa Bay some stability at safety after four players started at least five games at that position last season. He's likely to start at free safety following Dashon Goldson's departure. Conte played his first two seasons under coach Lovie Smith in Chicago. Although he has battled numerous injuries -- particularly to his shoulder -- Conte is a capable starter when healthy. He played cornerback in college.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 10:47:00 AM

Free agent S Chris Conte has a visit lined up with the Jets if his deal with the Buccaneers falls through.

This has to have the Bucs at least a little concerned. If Conte's preference is to win games, it's more likely that will happen in New York as the Jets have vastly improved themselves this offseason. There are still plenty of reasons for Conte to sign with Tampa Bay, including his close ties to head coach Lovie Smith. Dashon Goldson's release should create urgency for Tampa Bay to sign Conte.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 08:55:00 AM

The Bucs are expected to sign free agent S Chris Conte.

Conte will reunite with former coach Lovie Smith. He should start opposite Bradley McDougald in Smith's Tampa-2 scheme, but is never a good bet to stay healthy. Conte's signing allows the Bucs to move on from FS Dashon Goldson.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 06:21:00 PM

Free agent S Chris Conte will visit the Bucs this week.

Conte was linked to the Bucs prior to the start of free agency. He has a history with coach Lovie Smith, who selected him in the third round of the 2011 draft. The Bucs are expected to cut FS Dashon Goldson at some point.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 09:15:00 AM

The Buccaneers are expected to be "in play" for free agent S Chris Conte.

Conte was drafted by Lovie Smith's Bears in 2011. Although he has been incredibly injury prone, Conte is a league-average starter and offers some versatility as a former college cornerback. He turned 26 last month.
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 02:03:00 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte was forced from Chicago's Week 14 loss to the Cowboys with a back injury.

Conte's status is uncertain, but he has 10 days to heal up for Week 15.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 11:40:00 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte was forced from Chicago's Week 13 game against the Lions with an eye injury, and will not return.

Conte was originally believed to have a concussion, which would have been his third of the season.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 03:17:00 PM

Bears FS Chris Conte left Sunday's Week 6 win at Atlanta with a shoulder injury and did not return.

Conte tried to tackle Julio Jones in the third quarter and got the worst of it. It's the fourth time in six games this year he's left early. Conte was replaced by rookie Brock Vereen.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 09:56:00 AM

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